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Photo via The Telegraph

Old and new animals made the news this week, with babies — including giraffes and lions — joining the family and brand-new species of spider and shrew turning up, while rediscovered reptiles, whales, and amphibians surprised researchers. Read more about these animal stories (and more) in our slideshow.

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Photo via EarthEcho International

Philippe Cousteau, the renowned oceans advocate, has been doing some of the best reporting on the Gulf out there (some of it has been published here on TreeHugger). I caught up to him at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative, where he’d just launched a student-citizen journalism program called STREAM — which he discussed further in an interview I’ll publish tomorrow. But with the news coming last week that leaking we… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Image courtesy of Cape Farewell.

This guest post was written by Joy Guillemot, an ecological anthropologist and environmental health scientist currently completing a PhD at Johns Hopkins, as part of the Cape Farewell project.

“Bring only your passport and dress extremely warmly. The helicopter will arrive in 40 minutes.”

Before it was announced, I had already prepared my things to abandon ship. Danger was not retreating against the running clock, and the highly skilled crew was anxious. I felt a bit silly being hyper-prepared, but flashbacks of working i… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Image credit: Mr Moss/Flickr

On a remote beach in northern New Zealand, a group of conservationists and volunteers is struggling to keep 80 beached pilot whales alive until they can be pushed back into the ocean. With wind and waves too severe to perform the operation, the whales must be moved down shore to a protected inlet, but for many, the wait to be relocated has been too long…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Image credit: foto.rajith/Flickr

Whether they are destined for local markets, neighboring countries, or beyond, the wildlife of South East Asia are on the move—hidden in the nets, crates, and even carry-ons of opportunistic smugglers.

The latest victims of this alarming trend are the more than 400 monitor lizards rescued from smugglers trying to cross the Malaysia border…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Photo by Ocean Conservancy

This Saturday, September 25th marks the 25th annual International Coastal Clean-Up Day. The grassroots effort has worked miracles for marine litter over the last quarter century — last year nearly half a million volunteers across 108 countries and 45 US states collected 7.4 million pounds of marine debris. And while that is a whole lot of trash taken off beaches and out of waterways, there is still so much more floating out there. In … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Photo via SurFeRGiRL30

Natural history museums and herbaria are piled high with samples of flora and fauna dating as far back as 250 years. Now the scientific fervor over collecting samples of the natural world is helping climate scientists learn how warming trends are altering the timing of plants’ lives. A team of ecologists from the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of Kent, the University of Sussex and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew took a look at 77 specimens of the early spider orchid collected between 1848 and 1958 and by … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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A snow leopard cub caught on camera. Image via the BBC.

Curiosity, fortunately, didn’t kill this cat, but it did bring a young endangered feline right up to a BBC camera trap in the mountains of Bhutan, allowing the news network to film what is likely the first-ever footage of a baby snow leopard — the “highest living of all big cats and … among the most rare and elusive of all animals,” according to the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Photo via MyFavoritePetSitter

In order to know what the emissions and pollution created since the industrial revolution have really done to our air quality, researchers need to know what the air was like before we discovered our affinity for factories. To do that, they have to scout out the last places on earth where the air has stayed unaffected by everything we’ve pumped into it. It sounds like an impossible task, but researchers have found a spot above the Amazon Basin of Manaus that seems to fit the bill. They’v… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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owl on cruise ship photo Original image from Wikipedia Commons

A life at sea proved not to be in the cards for a tiny burrowing owl that had made its home on one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships. The protected bird was found to have moved into the ship’s artificial golf course while it was docked in Port Everglades, Florida. Alerted to the stowaway, the local Fish and Wildlife Commission was b… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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