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Eastern Lowland Gorillas Are Now Critically Endangered Thanks To Your Stupid Phone

The eastern lowland gorilla — the largest member of the great ape family — is now officially listed as a critically endangered species, according to data presented today by conservationists. These iconic apes have been in steady decline since the 1990s, the indirect result of our insatiable desire for mobile phones and other technological gadgets.

Exotic 'Twilight Zone' Reef Is Brimming With Unique Forms Of Life

We tend to think of coral reefs as luminous, undersea jungles that pepper the shallow, scuba-friendly tropics. But deeper down, in a region about as bright as Pluto on a sunny day, there lie vast reef ecosystems unknown to science.

Your Laundry Is Worse For The Environment Than You Think

New research shows that as many as 700,000 microscopic fibres are released into the environment each time we do the laundry. It’s a problem with no easy solution in sight.

The Sound Of Australian Fish Talking Is Weird As Hell

Most of us, when we picture life beneath the sea, tend to focus our imaginations on the sights — shimmering schools of fish, predatory sharks, luminous reefs. We seem far less concerned with what it sounds like beneath the waves — which is why you may be surprised to learn that marine life has a lot to say.

Australian Researchers Say Feral Cats Are An Ecological Disaster

If you’re like me, your brain is so riddled with cat virus that you never want to hear anything negative about our whiskered overlords. But sometimes, the truth is so dark it simply begs to be thrust into the light. This is one of those times.

Polar Bears Are Definitely Screwed

As Arctic sea ice flirts with its lowest levels in recorded history, polar scientists are taking the opportunity to remind us that it isn’t just humans who are screwed because of melting ice caps. Remember polar bears, global warming’s first darling poster child? They’re still around, and they’re not happy with what we’ve done to the planet.

Solar Power Plant Can't Figure Out How To Stop Frying Birds

Each year, around 6,000 birds are incinerated after chasing bugs within the Ivanpah concentrated solar thermal plant in the California Mojave Desert. Officials at the facility are enacting all sorts of measures to prevent this ongoing avian massacre — but it’s not clear if anything’s working.

This Is How South Florida Ends

It’s a scorching midsummer day, and the sawgrass is still under a pale blue sky. Waist-deep in water and sinking slowly into the muck, I fend off mosquitoes as a man from South Florida’s Water Management District mixes a bag of salt into a hot tub-sized bucket on the side of the road. Nine metres away in the marsh, another city official wearing waders and a bug hat stands on a narrow steel walkway, dangling the end of a long hose over a plexiglass chamber.

Australian Goldfish Are Growing Into Monsters In The Wild

Common goldfish dumped from household aquariums into rivers in Western Australia are growing into 1.9kg monsters and endangering native species.

A 400-Year-Old Shark May Hold The Cure To Ageing

If you’re counting on technology to radically extend your lifespan, you’ll want to pay close attention to what’s happening with the Greenland shark. According to a new scientific paper, this mysterious deep-sea dweller can live up to 400 years, making it the longest-lived vertebrate on Earth.

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