Why a 3-million-year-old lizard species in Arizona has virtually disappeared

Why a 3-million-year-old lizard species in Arizona has virtually disappeared – CBS News Watch CBS News A report from the United Nations determined that 1 million species are threatened with extinction. Dr. John Wiens from the University of Arizona believes that number is far higher based on his research. He says climate change is quickening the threat of extinction for species, including a 3-million-year-old lizard population previously found in the

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Too hot for a lizard? Climate change quickens the pace of extinction

BISBEE, Ariz. — Boots dusty, lungs heaving, Dr. John Wiens searched the boulders of a desolate Arizona mountaintop for the last survivors of a 3-million-year-old lizard population — then said the words that both confirmed his life’s work and broke his heart.  “They’re not there,” he said. “It seems like the species is now extinct.”  Yarrow’s spiny lizards may be extinct in the Mule Mountains of Arizona after living there for

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Scientists trying to protect wildlife from extinction as climate change raises risk to species around the globe

From clean air and water to healthy soil and medicines, our survival and prosperity rely heavily on the rich diversity of plants and animals that make up our world. A 2019 U.N. report found that around 1 million plant and animal species could be threatened with extinction around the globe. But new research finds climate change could drive up to 6 million different species to extinction over the next 50 years,

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Puerto Rican parrot threatened by more intense, climate-driven hurricanes

There were 56 wild, endangered Puerto Rican parrots living around El Yunque National Forest before Hurricane Maria in 2017. After the storm, there was only one survivor.  “I’ll admit that a couple of times I just cried,” said Tom White, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who’s been working for 30 years to re-establish a wild Puerto Rican parrot population at El Yunque.   The parrot is

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Jawbone of U.S. Marine killed in 1951 found in boy’s rock collection, experts say

Experts have confirmed that a human jawbone that was mysteriously discovered in a child’s rock collection once belonged to a United States Marine, who died during his military service over 70 years ago. The identification was made thanks to the work by a group of college students and a high school intern who may be the youngest person to help solve a genetic genealogy case. U.S. Marine Corps Captain Everett

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2 more endangered ferrets cloned from animal frozen in the 1980s: “Science takes time”

Two more black-footed ferrets have been cloned from the genes used for the first clone of an endangered species in the U.S., bringing to three the number of slinky predators genetically identical to one of the last such animals found in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. Efforts to breed the first clone, a female named Elizabeth Ann born in 2021, have failed, but the recent

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Dubai airport operations ramp back up as flooding from UAE’s heaviest rains ever recorded lingers on roads

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates struggled Thursday to recover from the heaviest recorded rainfall ever to hit the desert nation, as its main airport worked to restore normal operations even as floodwater still covered portions of major highways and roads. Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, allowed global carriers on Thursday morning to again fly into Terminal 1 at the airfield. Later Thursday, the

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NASA seeking help to develop a lower-cost Mars Sample Return mission

Responding to an independent review of NASA’s ambitious Mars Sample Return mission, agency officials said Monday they will seek fresh ideas from agency engineers, researchers and the private sector to come up with alternative mission designs to reign in sky-rocketing costs and get the precious samples back to Earth earlier. The independent review board concluded last September, the complex multi-spacecraft sample return mission could cost as much as $11 billion

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Critics call out plastics industry over “fraud of plastic recycling”

Jan Dell is a former chemical engineer who has spent years telling an inconvenient truth about plastics. “So many people, they see the recyclable label, and they put it in the recycle bin,” she said. “But the vast majority of plastics are not recycled.” About 48 million tons of plastic waste is generated in the U.S. each year; only 5 to 6 percent of it is actually recycled, according to

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Study maps “forever chemical” water contamination hotspots worldwide, including many in U.S.

Sydney —— Dangerous concentrations of long-lingering “forever chemicals” have been found in surface and groundwater worldwide, according to a study released Tuesday that showed Australia, the United States and Europe as hotspots. A paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience analysed data from 45,000 water samples globally and found a “substantial fraction” had levels of PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — above recommended levels. Found in everyday products such

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