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A 97% Decline in Monarch Butterflies

Gabrielle Canon The Guardian
In the 1980s, roughly 4.5 million monarchs wintered in California, but at last count, there may be as few as 30,000

How America's Most Plentiful Bird Disappeared

Shannon Heffernan WBEZ
People had trouble trying to wrap their minds around how the Passenger Pigeon could disappear,. They came up with all kinds of theories to explain why it wasn’t human’s fault, like that the birds moved to South America and changed their appearance. There is a similar reaction now. There is a common human reaction that when confronted with an inconvenient truth to deny it, You can see it today with climate change.

The State of Sharks, 40 Years After Jaws

Nancy Knowlton , Wendy Benchley / Jonathan Feldman Smithsonian Magazine / Huffington Post
Yup, we've made it through another shark week. But there is some good news, at least we could be at a tipping point for conserving the infamous predators, if we can keep up shark-friendly practices.

Extinction That Paved Way For Dinosaurs Definitively Linked To Volcanism

John Timmer Ars Technica
A mass extinction caused by volcanic activity wiped out some of the dinosaurs' competitors, allowing them to assume ascendancy. Of course, another mass extinction, caused by a meteor impact caused their demise. Earth is not as hospitable to life as we might like to think.
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