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Fireflies were as ubiquitous in the summer night sky as stars. Now the insects are facing extinction, and yes, humans are to blame.

Of the nearly 2,000 species of fireflies across the world, 200 are found in the U.S. However, many of those that were once common have now disappeared. There are two main reasons why these insects are on the decline: light pollution and development. On top of that, pesticides, weed killers, and logging have also played a role in the species' disappearance.

The marshes and meadows that were once lit up by the bioluminescent bug are slowly disappearing thanks to increasing development of the environment they call home. "The problem is that in America and throughout the world, our open fields and forests are being paved over, and our waterways are seeing more development and noisy boat traffic. As their habitat disappears under housing and commercial developments, firefly numbers dwindle," according to Firefly Research and Conservation.

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What would happen if everyone suddenly became vegetarian?

It would change our economy and our environment in drastic ways.

“What if everyone in the world was suddenly a vegetarian—what effect would it have on our lives and on the planet?”

The team over at AsapScience break this question down in a new video.

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A megapod of dolphins, often referred to as a “stampede," was spotted off the coast of Laguna Beach, California swimming alongside a boat of onlookers for 25 minutes, the BBC reports.

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When Ellen DeGeneres turned 60 in January 2018, her wife, Portia de Rossi, gifted her with a wildlife foundation set up in her name: “I am bringing you and your hero Dian together by building the Ellen DeGeneres campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. You will carry on Dian’s legacy by giving them a permanent home in Rwanda.”

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Trump Looks To Overturn A Ban On ‘Extreme’ Hunting Practices In Alaska

The proposal would overturn an Obama-era ban on extreme hunting practices.

Photo via USDA Forest Service Alaska/Flickr.

In April 2017, President Donald Trump overturned an Obama-era protection banning inhumane hunting practices throughout 76.8 million acres of federally protected land in Alaska. Trump’s repeal of the executive order allowed hunters to shoot and kill hibernating bears in dens and to rain bullets down on wildlife from the safety of helicopters.

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New Video Shows How to Find Your Vestigial Organs

Your tailbone was once an anchor for … your tail.

The human body is an amazing organism, to say the least. To watch an athlete dunk a basketball or a ballerina turn a pirouette is to witness an extraordinary machine at work. But the human body is also a biological junkyard of useless ideas it has yet to ditch as we evolve. If humans have a creator, it has a sense of humor, because why else would it clutter the human body with organs that have no use? Why is the occasional baby born with a tail? These useless body parts are known as vestigial organs.

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