Archive | December 2014

Dumbledore the field seal treated for pneumonia



Animal rescuers in Britain said Dumbledore the seal, found in a field about 20 miles from the coast before Christmas, is being treated for pneumonia.

Rescuers said they suspect the seal swam up the River Mersey from the coast and ended up in the field after traveling up a brook

“Elephants for Sale as Zimbabwe’s Biggest Park Left Without Funds”


Zimbabwe is considering the sale of as many as 62 live elephants to China, France and the United Arab Emirates because Hwange National Park, the country’s biggest game reserve, isn’t receiving adequate state funding.

Elephants can be sold for between $40,000 and $60,000 each, depending on age, and the revenue could help meet the $2.3 million annual running costs of the park in the northwest of the country.

“Persistent warming driving big Arctic changes”


Not every year can be a record setter. But records are only one small piece of a larger puzzle that shows persistent change in the Arctic. And that change hasn’t slowed according to this year’s Arctic Report Card released at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting on Wednesday.

Long-term trends in rising temperatures, spiraling sea ice loss, and ecosystem shifts paint a picture of a region in transition due to climate change that is transpiring at a much faster rate than the rest of the globe.

“Gaps Between Rich and Poor Slow Race to a Climate Deal”



The path to a climate deal in Paris next year is littered with obstacles, foremost being how to differentiate between what rich nations must do to cut pollution and what commitments will be accepted by developing countries, such as India and Brazil.

Last week, envoys from some 190 countries gathered in Lima took a first step toward the goal of binding all nations to greenhouse-gas limits. But while they sketched out what information countries must provide to back up their pledges, commitments will be voluntary and the rich-poor divide remains an issue.

“6 Ways Climate Change Threw The Animal World Into Disarray This Year”


Some of climate change’s most easy-to-spot impacts have, historically, been in the animal kingdom. Changing weather patterns have caused species ranges to shift, created a mismatch between migration arrival and the timing of bud bursts and insect hatching, and made it difficult for some species’ babies to survive. Ocean acidification, another product of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, has also created highly-visible impacts on the marine ecosystem, as has increased ocean temperatures.

Many of these impacts have been visible for years, unveiled by scientists working to catalog how climate change is already affecting the world’s wildlife. But a few animals were thrown into the spotlight this year for their particular vulnerability to climate change.


That’s six that we are aware of; so what about the others?

“Deadly Superbugs Could Cost $100 Trillion by 2050”


Drug-resistant superbugs could cost the global economy as much as $100 trillion between now and 2050, a threat that warrants as much attention as climate change, according to a review led by economist Jim O’Neill.

“Planet ‘Has a Fever,’ Ban Ki-Moon Says, Demanding Action”


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepped up his call for all nations rich and poor alike to fight global warming, seeking to break a dispute over which should move first to rein in fossil-fuel pollution.

Speaking as senior ministers arrived at a United Nations gathering of envoys from 190 countries, Ban expressed alarm that the world isn’t moving quickly enough on the issue.

“Our planet has a fever and it is getting hotter every day,” Ban said at a press conference in Limatoday. “We can no longer afford to burn our way to prosperity. We must take action now. The more we delay, the more we will have to pay.”