extinction

future

We Asked 105 Experts What Worries Them Most About the Future

Welcome to the dark side of Motherboard’s two-part poll about the future.
Becky Ferreira
12.5.18
Unicorns

Climate Change Killed the ‘Siberian Unicorn,’ Study Says

This Eurasian giant weighed 7,700 pounds and likely had the largest horn of any rhino, extinct or living.
Becky Ferreira
11.28.18
craters

Scientists Discover Hidden Asteroid Crater Under a Mile of Greenland Ice

Research partially funded by Carlsberg beer company found an asteroid impact underneath Greenland’s Hiawatha Glacier.
Becky Ferreira
11.14.18
mass extinction

Mammals Can’t Evolve Fast Enough to Outrun Human-Caused Mass Extinction

Thanks to humans, arguably the worst species on the planet, we’re currently in the middle of a mass extinction event that threatens much of Earth’s biodiversity.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.17.18
living with jaguars

Trump’s Border Wall Would Condemn US Jaguars to Extinction

“A viable jaguar population could be reestablished in the US, but not if the wall is built.”
Stephen Leahy
4.5.18
Conservation

The World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Has Died

There are two aged females left in the subspecies, but are infertile, meaning they are almost certainly doomed to extinction.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.20.18
extinction

New Model Predicts the 'Ideal' Mammal Is 2.5 Times Bigger Than an Elephant

A more nuanced approach to studying animal populations shows that when it comes to extinction, size matters.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.16.18
climate change

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Are Warning Humankind We Are Screwed

Human impacts on the environment are putting our future at risk, they say.
Stephen Leahy
11.13.17
The Anthropocene

Mathematical Formula Predicts Global Mass Extinction Event in 2100

If we put another 310 gigatons of carbon into the ocean by 2100, which we’re well on track to do, we enter “unknown territory.”
Kate Lunau
9.20.17
The Anthropocene

35 Percent of the World’s ‘National Animals’ Are Threatened With Extinction

The US bald eagle is doing fine. The Central American tapir of Belize? Not so much.
Lisa Cumming
5.27.17
Back From the Dead

‘De-Extinction’ Is a Bad Idea Because We Can’t Even Take Care of What We’ve Got

Bringing extinct animals back from the dead could hurt existing species, says a new report.
Farnia Fekri
2.27.17
Australia

Ancient Humans to Blame for Killing Australia’s 1,000-Pound Kangaroos

Even tens of thousands of years ago, we were messing up the ecosystem.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
1.21.17
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