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9/18/2020
Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it
D. André Green II, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

One of nature’s epic events is underway: Monarch butterflies’ fall migration. Departing from all across the United States and Canada, the butterflies travel up to 2,500 miles to cluster at the same locations in Mexico or along the Pacific Coast where their great-grandparents spent the previous winter. Read More.

6/23/2020
COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs
Brian J. Love, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of MichiganJulie Rieland, PhD Candidate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling industry. Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling. Read More.

4/29/2020
Endangered tigers face growing threats from an Asian road-building boom
Neil Carter, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Michigan

Tigers are one of the world’s most iconic wild species, but today they are endangered throughout Asia. They once roamed across much of this region, but widespread habitat loss, prey depletion and poaching have reduced their numbers to only about 4,000 individuals. They live in small pockets of habitat across South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Russian Far East – an area spanning 13 countries and 450,000 square miles (1,160,000 square kilometers). Read More.

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