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Arctic warming to increase Eurasian extreme cold events

A decrease in storm activity over large parts of the US, Europe, Russia, and China is found to influence weather extremes—cold ones in winter, hot or dry ones in summer. This is now shown in a study by scientists from the ... Original link

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Artificial Mangroves Could Bring Back Vanishing Habitats In Florida

Hear the audio version of this story. A couple researchers created fake mangroves in Manasota Key to bring back marine life that was lost from development. Along Florida’s coasts are seawalls-- built to prevent the shoreline from eroding. But that defense sometimes means removing natural habitats. Experts are now trying to turn these solid barriers into thriving ecosystems. In Englewood, the blue-green waters of Lemon Bay lightly lap against the cement wall that shields local buildings and people from potential floods. What used to be here? Red mangroves— home to fish, crabs, and also oysters, which filter the water. "They're so attractive as an architectural kind of exhibit-- the tree itself, the way it branches, the way the roots and branches overlap and you get a kind of continuous structural network," says architect Keith Van de Riet . He partnered with biologist Jessene Aquino-Thomas to craft artificial mangrove panels that can...
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Climate Change Is Claiming yet Another Victim

In Brief Researchers have found that climate change is disrupting the seasonal clock of nine species of North American migratory songbirds, putting them under threat of dwindling numbers due to an inability to successfully breed. It's just the latest example of the impact of climate change on the world's creatures. Bad Timing The impact of climate change has reached a new location: American backyards. The arrival of migratory birds at northern breeding grounds typically coincides with the growth of spring plants. A team of researchers from several universities studied data collected by citizen scientists and satellites between 2001 to 2012 in an attempt to see how climate change is affecting the birds’ ability to accurately time their arrival at these breeding grounds. Their research has been published in Scientific Reports . Of the 48 North American songbird species that migrate north, the researchers found that nine — almost 20 percent...
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Code of conduct needed for ocean conservation, study says

A diverse group of the world's leading experts in marine conservation is calling for a Hippocratic Oath for ocean conservation ? not unlike the pledge physicians take to uphold specific ethical standards when practicing medicine. A code of conduct for marine conservation would help prevent human rights violations that might occur during conservation and promote fair, socially responsible decision-making when planning and carrying out actions to protect the ocean. The recommendations were published May 15 in the journal Marine Policy. "The benefit of developing a code of conduct is that we are taking past mistakes and learning from them," said lead author Nathan Bennett, a researcher at the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia and Stanford University. "We are trying to suggest a way forward and ultimately to increase the success of conservation." An international group of academics and practitioners from universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations convened...
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Malaysia just seized more than 300 endangered tortoises being smuggled in suitcases

May 15, 2017, 2:09 PM 1,314 Hundreds of endangered Indian Star and plowshare tortoises were found in suitcases at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia. The tortoises are popular as exotic pets and this haul was valued at $277,000.  Original link Original author: Friedman

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Is Global Warming Real?

Snow-mantled crags frame the severe beauty of Queen Maud Land in central Antarctica. Photograph by Gordon Wiltsie In recent years, global warming has been the subject of a great deal of political controversy. As scientific knowledge has grown, this debate is moving away from whether humans are causing warming and toward questions of how best to respond. Signs that the Earth is warming are recorded all over the globe. The easiest way to see increasing temperatures is through the thermometer records kept over the past century and a half. Around the world, the Earth's average temperature has risen more than 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius) over the last century, and about twice that in parts of the Arctic . Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index Chart courtesy NASA/GISS This doesn’t mean that temperatures haven't fluctuated among regions of the globe or between seasons and times of day. But if you average...
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Half of the Pacific Garbage Patch Might Be Gone in the Next 5 Years – Find Out How

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch fully deserves its own name – this massive collection of debris stretches across hundreds of miles in the North Pacific Ocean, from the West Coast of North America to Japan. It can be divided into the Easter Garbage Patch, near Japan, and the Western Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California. Shockingly, this enormous amount of trash , much of it non-biodegradable plastics, has grown in a relatively short period of time –  the initial mass-production of plastic only began in the 1940s. It is now estimated that by the year 2050 , the yearly plastic production will grow to a hundred million tons! Let us just imagine what will happen to the ocean then… Fortunately, there are initiatives that help curb the unbelievable pollution of the Pacific. Next year, fifty floating screens will set out to clean up the Pacific! The technology is an invention...
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Coral reefs in hot water | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.05.2017

Austin Bowden-Kerby might not be a young man, but he is brimming with the energy and passion of youth. "Wow! Look at this coral," he says. I swim over. "It's a staghorn. They're very rare here." We're exploring in waters off the Beach House, a small retreat on Fiji's famous Coral Coast. Soon after, another call: "I found Nemo." A shy clown fish darts into hiding. Later, Bowden-Kerby chomps into edible seaweed drifting past. "They say it's a great aphrodisiac," he winks. His enthusiasm for life on the reef is infectious, but it hides the more serious concern that these reefs that he loves might not be around in a few decades from now. "Most of the projections say by the year 2050 the coral reefs will be gone," says the American-born marine biologist who now calls Fiji home. "We all know our home is in big trouble… we are...
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