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#109594
2016-08-15

'The blob': how marine heatwaves are causing unprecedented climate chaos

First seabirds started falling out of the sky, washing up on beaches from California to Canada.Then emaciated and dehydrated sea lion pups began showing up, stranded and on the brink of death.

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#109595
2016-08-15

Baby Elephant’s Death a Grim Reminder of Lack of Wilderness

A three-year-old Asian elephant made a tragic mistake. Last month it strayed onto a farm Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India, chewed on a firecracker that exploded, and later died from its injuries, reports The Indian Express.

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#109596
2016-08-15

The woman turning rubbish into homes in Pakistan

Latif has been using plastic to create shelters, reservoirs and mobile toilets. Now, she wants the world to take notice.

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#109597
2016-08-15

Last ditch effort to save ‘Aboriginal scar trees’ in former Riverlands golf course

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have launched a last-ditch effort to save hundreds of trees in Milperra they believe have Aboriginal significance.

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#109598
2016-08-15

New Forest being destroyed by growing number of ponies, says Chris Packham

Overgrazing is causing loss of woodland and wildlife as populations of the native breed have risen partly due to taxpayer subsidies, says the naturalist

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#109599
2016-08-15

Rare Afghani Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivor

Researchers feared the endangered ungulate had gone extinct. The Bactrian deer proved them wrong. t had been more than 40 years since researchers last caught sight of the Bactrian deer in Afghanistan.

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#109600
2016-08-15

Take the WWF quiz: Which endangered species are you? - See

The Philippines is a biodiversity hotspot, home to thousands of species, many of which are unfortunately endangered. To spread more information about these threatened creatures before it's too late, WWF Philippines has created a short and fun quiz for you to take. Are you a high-flying, intense ...

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#109601
2016-08-15

Companies Could Make Money by Helping Consumers Go Green

Few companies provide information about the environmental impacts of different products they sell, even though many could do so quite easily. And if they did, according to a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they might even reduce their own costs.

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#109578
2016-08-12

Beyond The Bad Press: Rio de Janeiro’s Urban Forests

Over the next few weeks, the first Olympic Games ever to be hosted in South America will be taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the lead up to the global event, Rio has been getting extensive media attention, most of it not being the best of publicity. Inadequate and incomplete infrastruc ...

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#109579
2016-08-12

Forest fragmentation a danger to vulnerable species

Research stemming from the EU-funded TERRAGEN project has found that forest fragmentation has prompted a decline in species sensitive to changes in light, moisture and temperature.

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#109580
2016-08-12

The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants. It threatens our future too

Today is World Elephant Day, when people with a passion for pachyderms come together to celebrate the wonder of elephants and raise funds to protect them. It seems paradoxical that the largest land animal, which has come to symbolise strength and sagacity, should be so vulnerable – but across Af ...

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#109581
2016-08-12

Saving Canada's only desert

Most people don't even know Canada has a desert - the Okanagan is an anomaly in a country known for snow. But the Okanagan Desert is threatened - scientists and indigenous people are now working to protect the ecosystem.

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#109582
2016-08-12

For the Day of the Elephants, a Crash Course in Conservation

There is a moment of intense clarity just before a collision, when everything you’ve done to avoid it has failed… As the now inevitable impact approaches, time seems to slow right down. Or is it that your sense organs go into overdrive? Perhaps it is an evolutionary trait that turns up the dia ...

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#109583
2016-08-12

Does prohibiting local access to nature hurt African wildlife conservation?

The notion that international wildlife crime predominates Africa’s conservation crisis is largely due to conventional media’s acute focus on elephant tusk and rhino horn poaching. But despite such heavy-handed publicity and the global community’s well-intentioned outcry, Africa’s illegal hunting ...

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#109584
2016-08-12

Biomimicry: 5 really weird animals that have inspired science and tech

The term biomimicry will be familiar to longtime readers. Science and technology which imitates phenomena from the living natural world have featured in these pages from the beginning. Here, New Atlas takes a look at the animal kingdom (and beyond) to find some of the strangest and most highly-e ...

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#109585
2016-08-12

Climate change could make beaches saltier

Climate change is expected to make beaches get saltier, leading to potentially significant changes for crabs, sea birds and other coastal creatures, according to a new study.

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#109586
2016-08-12

World Social Forum, climate change, BDS, bad cops, and Rio: What's New in the News

As the weather continues to heat up so have rabble.ca's blog posts. From the World Social Forum in Montreal to Canada's progress on climate change here are some of this week's top posts with the stories behind the headlines.

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#109587
2016-08-12

Architecture students, faculty design floating cities in response to climate change

What happens when architects think about the world beyond its physical framework is the concept explored by a team of architecture students and a faculty member from The University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning. It earned them an honorable mention in Pamphlet Architecture 36 co ...

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#109588
2016-08-12

Human Biodiversity: the Pseudoscientific Racism of the Alt-Right

here’s a piece of the “alt-right” puzzle of bigotry you need to know more about: “human biodiversity.”An ideological successor to eugenics, human biodiversity (HBD) is, like eugenics (from the Greek words for “good” and “breeding”) primarily a euphemism. Ostensibly, HBD refers to the scientifica ...

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#109589
2016-08-12

Can development in Ghana be sustainable?

Firstly, development can simply be defined as a process of growth. Traditional welfare economics had focused on income as the main measure of well-being or development. This parameter witnessed countries being seen as developed or underdeveloped (poor) with respect to the income levels of its ci ...

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#109590
2016-08-12

California island foxes removed from endangered species list

Not long ago, foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction.They have rebounded to the point where U.S. wildlife officials on Thursday removed three subspecies of island fox from the roster of federally endangered species, hailing their comeback ...

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#109591
2016-08-12

No gastronomy without biodiversity, says Slow Food founder

THE destruction of the world’s biodiversity was destroying humanity’s future, Carlo Petrini, the founder of the global Slow Food Movement, said in Johannesburg on Friday.

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#109556
2016-08-11

Overshadowed by climate change

Climate change is a ubiquitous threat to species around world. But research by Australian scientists shows that some older, familiar enemies of biodiversity shouldn't be forgotten.

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#109557
2016-08-11

Humans and climate change are threatening to wipe out 8,000 animal species

Farming, hunting and climate change are among the most significant threats faced by more than 8,000 animal species worldwide.

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#109558
2016-08-11

Climate Change Is Not The ‘Biggest Killer’ Of Biodiversity

Global climate change, including sea-level rise, drought and extreme heat, is no doubt taking a toll on our planet ― but it’s far from the biggest threat humans have imposed on Earth’s plant and animal species.

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#109559
2016-08-11

Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers

There is a growing tendency for media reports about threats to biodiversity to focus on climate change.Here we report an analysis of threat information gathered for more than 8,000 species. These data revealed a contrasting picture.

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#109560
2016-08-11

In Costa Rica, Photographing Jaguars to Help Save Them

About 650 feet from the buildings of a remote eco-lodge in southern Costa Rica, an automatic camera last year shot a picture of a passing jaguar, a spectacular big cat that is one of the country’s most endangered animals, and the focus of strenuous conservation efforts.

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#109561
2016-08-11

Deforestation: A lingering legacy

When we humans cut down tropical forest, we have a good idea that there will be consequences. We know that clearing the land for a farm or a pasture or the timber it holds comes at the cost of a burst of carbon into the atmosphere, and that the habitat anchored by those trees will change pretty ...

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#109562
2016-08-11

16 new frog species spotted in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Sixteen frog species and three snake species, which have not been spotted in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary earlier, have been spotted during the first phase of a first of its kind reptile-amphibian survey carried there from August 5 to 8

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#109563
2016-08-11

Building materials that tap into nature's elegant, and harmless, designs

Every year, about 15 billion tons of carbon dioxide are emitted into the atmosphere from concrete production alone. As cities continue to grow (according to the U.N., world urban populations are expected to increase by 84 percent by 2050), the amount of polluting building materials being created ...

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#109564
2016-08-11

Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change – study

Agriculture and the overexploitation of plants and animal species are significantly greater threats to biodiversity than climate change, new analysis shows.

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#109565
2016-08-11

New meta-analysis shows engineered hard shorelines are a threat to ecosystems

Shoreline hardening, defined as the installation of structures to prevent erosion or provide flood protection, is a common practice worldwide.

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#109566
2016-08-11

Why Africa’s lion economies actually need lions

Africa’s labor productivity is rising. Trade between Africa and the rest of the world has increased by 200% since 2000. At least a dozen African economies have expanded by more than 6% per year for the past six years, earning the nickname, “Africa’s lion economies.”

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#109567
2016-08-11

Many endangered species face long waits for protection

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened in a process that is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A two-year timeline for the m ...

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#109568
2016-08-11

Aliens are coming – not all of them in peace

Unlike Florida, we don’t have to worry about a huge Nile crocodile turning up in our waters, but we are facing a threat from a range of non-native species

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#109570
2016-08-11

Old, older, Greenland shark

No vertebrate lives as long as the Greenland shark, a new study says. But this Methuselah of the animal kingdom is still quite puzzling. Do they really only reach sexual maturity at age 150?

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#109520
2016-08-10

World Lion Day: What Would You Do to Protect Lions?

Given the number of conservation issues surrounding the animal kingdom’s noblest of big cats, the first question I asked myself was, “which lion topic should I focus on?”

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#109521
2016-08-10

20 science questions for US presidential candidates -

MIAMI - A coalition of US groups representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers published 20 questions on Wednesday they want every US presidential candidate to answer ahead of November's vote.

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#109522
2016-08-10

Double whammy for important Baltic seaweed

Wherever ecosystems rich in species develop on the rocky shores of the Baltic Sea, the bladder wrack Fucus vesiculosus has provided perfect groundwork

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#109523
2016-08-10

Volcanic eruptions can 'mask the true effects of climate change'

Recent reports that suggest sea levels aren't rising as fast as expected – and may even be dropping – could be inaccurate, according to new research.

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#109524
2016-08-10

Alien oceans: Is there life in the solar system’s secret seas?

SUDDENLY, out of darkness, a ghostly city of gnarled white towers looms over the submersible. As the sub approaches to scrape a sample from them, crew-member Kevin Hand spots something otherworldly: a translucent, spaceship-like creature, its iridescent cilia pulsing gently as it passes through ...

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#109525
2016-08-10

Climate scientists make a bold prediction about sea level rise

One of the great things about science is that it allows you to make predictions. Three top climate scientists just made a very bold prediction regarding sea level rise; we should know in a few years if they are correct.

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#109526
2016-08-10

Texas mussel proposed as endangered, with implications for waterways

In what is a likely harbinger for special habitat protections that would affect waterways in Central Texas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will announce Wednesday that it is considering an endangered species tag for a Texas freshwater mussel.

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#109497
2016-08-09

We’re trashing the oceans — and they’re returning the favor by making us sick

Six years ago, in a bracing 18-minute TED talk, coral reef scientist Jeremy Jackson laid out “how we wrecked the ocean.” In the talk, he detailed not only how overfishing, global warming, and various forms of pollution are damaging ocean ecosystems — but also, strikingly, how these human-driven ...

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#109498
2016-08-09

How DNA evidence could be a game-changer in monitoring freshwater fish

Water may well be everywhere, but freshwater lake ecosystems are among some of the most vulnerable on Earth. In recent decades, freshwater species have suffered double the rate of decline of land species. And nearly 50% of fresh water lakes, rivers and streams across Europe failed to meet the EU ...

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#109500
2016-08-09

Hotspots of pollution hidden under the sea

Twelve percent of the continental U.S. coastline may be particularly vulnerable to ocean pollution carried by freshwater seeping through the ground, according to an analysis published last week in Science.

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#109502
2016-08-09

Sites targeted for deep-sea mining teeming with new species

An area targeted for deep sea mining is teeming with diverse life forms, including several new species, a new study has found.Countries have been eyeing the deep seafloor of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) — a massive 6 million square kilometers (~2.3 million square miles) area in the Pacific ...

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#109503
2016-08-09

Action needed to 'future-proof' pollinators

International scientists are calling for action to "future-proof" the prosperity of pollinating insects, birds and mammals. They say agricultural expansion, new pesticides and emerging viruses present the biggest risks in coming decades.

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#109504
2016-08-09

The EU is right to oppose a global ivory ban

nyone paying even cursory attention to wildlife stories in recent years would have heard all about Africa’s elephant poaching crisis. And with good reason. An estimated 30,000 animals are being killed for their ivory every year, a shockingly high figure that threatens the survival of central Afr ...

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#109505
2016-08-09

World’s longest lake is being depleted of life as waters warm

Loss of biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s oldest and deepest lake, has been driven by 500 years of sustained climate warming, a study of core sediments has found.

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