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Man convicted for killing and eating China's last Indochinese tiger

The last Indochinese tiger in China was killed and eaten by a man who has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his crime.

The Indochinese tiger (also known as Corbett's tiger or Panthera tigris corbetti ) is an endangered tiger subspecies that used to live in China, but now only exists in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam, where it remains under heavy threat from poachers...

December 25, 2009 — John Platt

Could ocean acidification deafen dolphins?

As more and more carbon dioxide enters the Earth's atmosphere, oceans are becoming more acidic. In fact, this acidification has been blamed for everything from killing off coral to aiding algae and even super-sizing fish ear bones...

December 20, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Draft text of new "Copenhagen Accord"

Here is the latest draft text of the "Copenhagen Accord" put forward on December 18 by the U.S., China, India and South Africa, among other countries, at the climate summit in the Danish capital...

December 18, 2009 — David Biello

Owning the climate: Will geoengineering help combat climate change?

COPENHAGEN—The controversy at this climate summit revolves around two simple issues: Who cuts? Who pays? Of course, climate change does not distinguish between a ton of carbon dioxide emitted from cutting down a peat forest in Indonesia versus a ton emitted as a result of burning coal in Germany...

December 17, 2009 — David Biello

Lonely senator says Copenhagen necessary for climate action in U.S.

COPENHAGEN—Not a lot of U.S. Senators will make the trek to the United Nations' climate summit here—a delegation led by California Sen. Barbara Boxer will stay home to focus on the ongoing health care debate while arch-contrarian Senator James Inhofe (R–Okla.) stopped in but briefly...

December 16, 2009 — David Biello

Will the U.S. military do right by the dugong?

Could a plan to build a 2.5-mile-long airfield in Okinawa, Japan, doom a rare manateelike species to extinction? That's the assertion of more than 400 environmental organizations (pdf), which recently sent a letter to President Obama urging him to cancel the plans to expand Camp Schwab, a U.S...

December 15, 2009 — John Platt

Solar panels for the rest of us

Editor's Note: Scientific American 's George Musser will be chronicling his experiences installing solar panels in Solar at Home (formerly 60-Second Solar).

STAFFDecember 14, 2009 — George Musser

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