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December 10, 2013

What climate change means for federally protected marine species

salmon

As the Endangered Species Act nears its 40th birthday at the end of December, conservation biologists are coming to terms with a danger not foreseen in the 1970s: global climate change.


September 17, 2012

Shrinking snow depth on Arctic sea ice threatens ringed seal habitat

a ringed seal looks out from its snow cave

Scientists found that the habitat required for ringed seals — animals under consideration for the threatened species list — to rear their young will drastically shrink this century.


July 31, 2012

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new recordings hint at rebound — with audio

This bowhead whale is a member of the population that lives in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. The Bowheads that were the subject of this study are rarely seen.

When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months. Listen to the bowheads repeat…