Some wolves are on their way to domestication—again

Tens of thousands of years ago, some wolves came to appreciate the rich pickings found at the edges of human communities. This sent them down a path that resulted in the animals we know as dogs. Now something similar may be happening again.

Putting a price tag on the flood-reducing value of wetlands

With every big coastal storm, attention turns to the role of wetlands in reducing their destructiveness. Quantifying that service, however, is a difficult thing to do. Now a team of ecologists, engineers and risk modelers have provided two such price tags: $625 million in damage prevented by wetlands during Hurricane Sandy, and — in a New Jersey county broadly emblematic of the Atlantic coast — a 16 percent reduction in flood losses every single year.

Accounting for individual animals in the Anthropocene

When land is converted to human use, the environmental impacts are typically measured in terms of pollution and populations and species. Unless they’re endangered, the fate of individual animals doesn’t enter the discussion. They’re practically invisible. Given the vast scale of human development and the care given to domestic animal welfare, it’s a big inconsistency.

A peaceful end to the wolf wars?

After a landscape-scale, long-term experiment in how sheep, wolves, and people can coexist peacefully, the results are in: coexistence is better for everyone.
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