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Lizzie Daly, a biologist and wildlife TV presenter, swims near a giant barrel jellyfish in the English Channel, July 2019.

Thousands of animals around the world are at risk of extinction. But not jellyfish — they’re thriving in warm, polluted water.

Half a million of Earth's species may soon be vulnerable to extinction, according to the UN. Jellyfish, however, are proliferating in warmer waters.
An artist's concept shows an asteroid approaching Earth.

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs acidified the ocean in a ‘flash,’ killing most marine life. The seas could see a similar problem a ...

A new study found that the asteroid impact that led the dinosaurs to go extinct also caused rapid ocean acidification, which killed most sea life.
An illustration of what the Siberian steppe looked like during the Pleistocene epoch, with woolly mammoths in the center.

A new study reveals how the last woolly mammoths died out 4,000 years ago. That’s after the Egyptians had built the pyramids.

The last of the woolly mammoths died on an Arctic island 4,000 years ago, meaning these animals went extinct much later than scientists once thought.
A chirping western Meadowlark.

North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds in the last 50 years — another sign that we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

A new study found that there's been a 29% decline in bird populations in the US and Canada since 1970.
Raphael Manet checks the growth of oyster mushrooms at the "Bunker Comestible," (the "edible bunker") in Strasbourg, France, on February 19, 2018. The organic farm was established in a former gunpowder warehouse bunker used during the Franco-German 1870 war.

In the event of a killer asteroid, volcanic apocalypse, or nuclear holocaust, mushrooms could save humanity from extinction

Human survivors of an apocalyptic catastrophe could start a new food system with mushrooms. The other food options might not be as appetizing.

For the first time, a timeline reveals what happened in the minutes and hours after the asteroid crash that killed the dinosaurs

The dinosaurs' extinction was spurred by an asteroid that struck Earth. By studying the crater, scientists now know what happened after the impact.
Tourists in the water with bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand while taking part in the swimming with dolphins experience.

New Zealand bans tourists from swimming with dolphins in a popular holiday spot in order to protect the species from being ‘loved’ into ex...

The population of bottlenose dolphins in the popular Bay of Islands has declined because humans have been "loving the dolphins too much."
Ratu, an 8-year-old female Sumatran rhinoceros, at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in the Way Kambas National Park on May 20, 2010. Sumatran rhinos once roamed the forests of Southeast Asia, but today only about 80 remain.

We’ve killed off more than 50% of forest animals on Earth, a new report found — even more evidence of a 6th mass extinction

Forests are our "greatest natural ally in the fight against global warming," said one conservationist.
The team that visited the White City documented this venomous Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii).

In a ‘lost city’ in the Honduran rainforest, researchers have discovered 3 animals thought to be extinct

In a recent expedition to the "lost" White City in Honduras, scientists discovered rare creatures previously thought to have disappeared.
41% of global insect species are at risk, a new study finds.

Last year, 40% of honey-bee colonies in the US died. But bees aren’t the only insects disappearing in unprecedented numbers.

In 2018, 40% of US honey-bee colonies perished. They're just one victim of the sixth mass extinction — 40% of the world's insects are in decline.