The awesome-looking Iberian lynx might not go extinct after all


If you’ve never come across an Iberian lynx, that could be because there were, at one point, only 94 left in the world. These guys live on the Iberian peninsula, have weird little beard manes and pointy ears, and really like to eat rabbits. They were close to experiencing, the Guardianreported in 2002, “the first feline extinction since prehistoric times.”

But conservationists tried a whole bunch of techniques to keep them going. They bred lynxes in captivity, harvested the eggs of one female lynx just in case, convinced hunters they’d be better off if they let lynx populations thrive, and got different groups of lynxes to mix their genes. And now, the Guardian reports, the Iberian lynx might not be doomed.

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Oysters, reefs, and swamps protect billions worth of real estate — for free


Among the hundreds of recommendations listed in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $20 billion plan to protect New York from climate change is a call to stock up on oysters. Not the kind you’d want to knock back with a nice pilsner on a Friday afternoon: The idea is to build large underwater oyster reefs around the harbor that could prevent coastal erosion and absorb storm surges. “Soft” infrastructure like this — reefs, wetlands, dunes, and other “natural” systems — is gaining in popularity over “hard” levees and sea walls as an effective way to insulate cities from sea-level rise.

Turns out, some of the best of these defenses might already be in place: Yesterday the journal Nature published the first-ever nationwide maps that reveal just how much existing coastal habitats are going to save our butts from rising seas and wild storms. Remove reefs, coastal forests, marshes, kelp beds, and…

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Spain: Iberian Lynx Rescued from Extinction

The link below is to an article reporting on how the Iberian Lynx has been rescued from extinction in Spain.

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