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Comeback of the century: The California sea otter’s return from the brink of extinction

By Kimberly Truong | August 27, 2015 Some 50 years ago, California’s Monterey Bay was missing a key element that makes its kelp forests function: the sea otter. Now, however, everyone’s favorite aquatic weasel has made a comeback, and they’re here to regulate the environment. Starting August 31, PBS and BBC are exploring that environment in Big Blue Live, a three-day live stream showcasing marine life in the Monterey Bay — an ecosystem that might not be here were it not for …

‘Rewilding’ may rescue vulnerable Australian animals – BBC News

By Phil Mercer, BBC News, Sydney | July 10, 2015   Around the world, natural environments are being “rewilded” with native animals once banished by habitat destruction and pests. Australia has joined the trend. In 1841, the Western Quoll officially disappeared in New South Wales (NSW). Once found across almost three-quarters of Australia, a devastating loss of habitat and relentless attacks by feral cats and foxes saw it retreat to a few areas in Western Australia. But there are …

Scientists rush to freeze plant DNA before ‘sixth extinction’ – BBC News

By Jane O’Brien, BBC News, Washington | July 9, 2015 As the world enters into a sixth great extinction, scientists are racing against the clock to save genetic evidence from plants around the world. An ambitious project launched Wednesday to collect the genomes of the planet’s major plant groups within the next two years and put them into deep freeze. The project is part of the Global Genome Initiative, which aims to gather and preserve the DNA of all life on Earth in cryo-storage …

The man who keeps finding new species of shark – BBC News

By Sara Lentati, BBC World Service | June 24, 2015 Most people have heard of great white, hammerhead and tiger sharks but there are many other species – and every year a number of new ones are discovered. One enthusiast has, so far, identified 24 types of shark and related fish that were previously unknown. Dave Ebert has a favourite market in Taiwan. He’s been going there since he was a student 30 years ago. It’s hot, humid and noisy – baskets are filled to the brim …

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