Some wolves are on their way to domestication—again

Some wolves are on their way to domestication—again

Tens of thousands of years ago, certain groups of wolves came to appreciate the rich pickings found at the edges of human communities. To better take advantage of them, they became less aggressive, lived in larger groups and took the first steps down a path that...
A peaceful end to the wolf wars?

A peaceful end to the wolf wars?

In 2007, a family of wolves in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest killed nine sheep. Ranchers who owned the sheep asked government wildlife managers to kill the wolves; but local wolf supporters and conservationists protested, asking instead for a non-lethal solution....
Good intentions alone won’t grow new mangroves

Good intentions alone won’t grow new mangroves

Perhaps no single ecosystem is more emblematic of nature’s benefits to humans than mangrove forests. Lining tropical and subtropical coastlines worldwide, they’re nurseries for countless species and protect inland areas from hurricanes and storms. They’re an...
Where bombs fell, an unexpected hotspot of life

Where bombs fell, an unexpected hotspot of life

A bomb crater is a symbol of humanity’s failings. And yet: even where bombs have fallen, life may flourish again. In a study published in Biological Conservation, researchers led by ecologists Csaba Vad and Zsófia Horváth of Austria’s WasserCluster Lunz biological...