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Logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have dramatically altered Madagascar’s forests, but just how much of the island was forested before people got there remains a matter of debate. An analysis of mouse lemur DNA suggests that humans did not arrive to find Madagascar as tree-covered as frequently assumed.


Allowing underwater seismic surveys for oil and gas to be conducted off the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coasts could pose a substantial threat to one of the world’s most critically endangered whale species, a group of leading marine scientists say.

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Habitat mapping software and satellite imagery can help conservationists predict the movements of endangered species in remote or inaccessible regions and pinpoint areas where conservation efforts should be prioritized, a new Duke University-led case study shows.