The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction

T here was almost something biblical about the scene of devastation that lay before Richard Kock as he stood in the wilderness of the Kazakhstan steppe. Dotted across the grassy plain, as far as the eye could see, were the corpses of thousands upon thousands of saiga antelopes. All appeared to have fallen where they were feeding. Some were mothers that had travelled to this remote wilderness for the annual calving season, while others were their offspring, just a few days old. Each had died in just a few hours from blood poisoning. In the 30C heat of a May day, the air around each of the rotting hulks was thick with flies. The same grisly story has been replayed throughout Kazakhstan. In this springtime massacre, an estimated 200,000 critically endangered saiga – around 60% of the world’s population – died. “All the carcasses in this one of many killing zones...
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Europe Takes First Steps in Electrifying World's Shipping Fleets

Since early 2015, a mid-sized car ferry, the MS Ampere, has been traversing the Sognefjord in western Norway from early morning to evening, seven days a week — without a whiff of smokestack exhaust or a decibel of engine roar. The 260-foot Ampere, which carries 120 cars and 360 passengers, is the one of world’s first modern, electric-powered commercial ships, with battery and motor technology almost identical to today’s plug-in electric cars, only on a much larger scale. Norway’s long and jagged Atlantic coastline — with thousands of islands and deep inland fjords — made the Norwegians a seafaring people long ago, and even today ferry travel is the fastest way to reach many destinations. Given this geography and the country’s abundant hydroelectric resources, it’s hardly surprising that the Norwegians have plunged ahead in the development of electric shipping, beginning with light, short-range ferries. Currently, Norway has just two fully operational electric-powered...
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The Marine Scientists Who Study Fish but Won’t Eat Them

As marine threats grow from climate change, overfishing and plastic pollution, a number of ocean scientists - most notably Sylvia Earle - are forgoing fish for moral and ecological reasons. Seafood plays a traditional and important dietary role in many parts of the world, particularly in developing island nations and coastal communities. In these places, fish and shellfish can exceed 50 percent of residents’ total animal protein intake, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Worldwide, seafood accounts for 17 percent of the animal protein and 6.7 percent of all the protein consumed annually. Yet seafood stocks are increasingly threatened by climate change , overfishing , plastic pollution and habitat loss. The growing demand for seafood is also intensifying destructive fishing practices and the bycatch of marine animals. That has led some marine scientists to stop eating seafood altogether and advise others to consider doing the same, or at least...
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"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. These animals are actually very mobile creatures. However their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. Don't forget to check out our new video with updated technology: Make sure you watch the video on a large screen. This clip is displayed in Full HD, yet the source footage (or the whole clip), is available in UltraHD 4k resolution for media productions. The answer to a common question: yes, colors are "real" and not exaggerated by digital enhancement. We have only applied basic white balance correction. However, we used specialized lights to mimic the underwater ambient spectrum. When photographers use white light (artificial spectrum) on corals,...
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