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Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

humpback whales are among the species found in the revillagigedo archipelago
Humpback whales are among the species found in the Revillagigedo archipelago. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago

November 26, 2017 — Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel. Continue reading Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

Giant hailstones to increasingly strike North America under climate change

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US quarter with .75 (golfball) inch size hail stones from severe thunderstorm near Coolidge Arizona Credit: A. T. Willett / Alamy Stock Photo

Damaging large hail “events” may become more common across the central and central-western parts of North America, concludes a new study published in Nature Climate Change

June 27, 2017 — The paper also finds that a warming climate will reduce the number of small hailstorms, as more hail melts prior to hitting the surface. However, the vast majority of hail damage comes from much rarer storms that feature large hailstones. Continue reading Giant hailstones to increasingly strike North America under climate change

First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

a rusty patched bumblebee
A rusty patched bumblebee which the US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing for federal protection. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

Rusty patched bumblebee population plunged nearly 90% since the late 1990s

January 11, 2017 — The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.  Continue reading First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet