The growth in tourism will be unsustainable against a background of climate change, and yet there is little chance that folks will stop going on vacation. But what if there was a way to go on vacation while helping fix the problem? According to new research, tacking on an $11 tax to each trip could do just that.
Want some golden bamboo? A live plant can be yours for just $17. Be careful though. If it spreads beyond your yard, it could build up dense stands that crowd out important native species. Moving live plants, even invasive ones like golden bamboo, around the world is easy. Too easy.
Ecosystems have their own sort of immune systems, and healthier, more robust ecosystems are better equipped to minimize the rate of infection. And that’s good news not just for animals, but also for humans. After all, we all suffer from many of the same diseases.
Cara chats with science writer Dr. Jason Goldman about urban wildlife in
Southern California, including the pumas/mountain lions/panthers/cougars of
the Santa Monica Mountains and the Catalina Island foxes. Also discussed:
what we've learned about domestication from Dmitry Belyaev's silver fox
study. Follow Jason: @jgold85.
If long-distance migrants like humpback whales are going to be conserved, then it stands to reason that conservationists need a complete accounting of their annual movements – including when they’re a bit further from shore.