August roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

The accumulation of downed woody debris is ripe fuel for forest fire. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The accumulation of downed woody debris is ripe fuel for forest fire. (Photo: Creative Commons)

August 31, 2019 | by Craig Doucette

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in August 2019.

Amazon fires are setting the world ablaze

A record number of fires are raging in the Brazilian Amazon.
Ignite your curiosity >

Fungal Febreze

Scientists have discovered that a species of fungus produces a chemical that can neutralize the compounds that make a skunk's spray so potent.
Get a whiff of the story >

Ashes to ashes, slush to slush

The loss of the Okjokull glacier has been marked by mourners and a plaque commemorating the first of iceland’s glaciers to succumb to climate change.
Pay your respects >

Taking cover for conservation

Protecting charismatic “umbrella species” can help shield other plants and animals that don’t receive that same level of public attention and conservation.
Drop onto the story >

Emptying the boreal bank

Study shows that the increasing frequency and intensity of boreal forest fires is quickly turning one of the world’s largest carbon sinks into a source of carbon dioxide pollution.
Sink into the story >

A living kaleidoscope

The recent discovery of a beautiful species of fairy wrasse highlights the need to conserve and study reef ecosystems.
Dive into the story >

A new high-water mark

Water levels in the Great Lakes have risen to their highest levels in decades and are causing problems for beach-goers, wildlife and infrastructure.
Become inundated by the story >

Protecting the “endangered” woolly mammoth

Thawing mammoth ivory gives modern poachers cover by laundering elephant ivory as 10,000-year-old tusks, but protecting the extinct animal could help limit the illegal trade.
Dig up the story >

Taking her message across the sea

Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York City following a two-week journey by boat from the U.K. to participate in UN climate summits.
Sail to the story >

Whale watching on the web

Get a glimpse of the beluga whales in Hudson’s Bay! Cameras placed off the shores of Churchill, Manitoba, have been capturing footage of these canaries of the sea.
Have a look under the waves >

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About the Author

Craig Doucette joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada team in October 2018. Fascinated by the connections between wildlife and the habitats they occupy, he studied wildlife biology and ecosystem management at the University of Guelph and Fleming College.

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