Archive | April 2016

“3 Pesticides Are Putting Nearly All U.S. Endangered Species At Risk”

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A few widely-used pesticides have the ability to harm nearly all the endangered species in America, a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency has found.

“Record-Breaking Hot Ocean Temperatures Are Frying The Great Barrier Reef”

In total 93 percent of the reefs have been affected by coral bleaching -- many severely.

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The Great Barrier Reef’s coral is dying, and it may never be the same again.

Last month, as historically high ocean temperatures bathed the waters around the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian government raised the coral bleaching threat to the highest level possible.

“We’re Cutting Down One Of Our Best Defenses Against Global Warming”

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Forests, it’s long been known, are key players in the fight against climate change, pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in their roots, branches, and surrounding soil. But it’s also long been known that forests around the world aren’t receiving the protection they need to ensure that they keep up this crucial service.

“More than 1,000 species have been moved due to human impact”

Swift fox near Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado.

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Animals and plants are increasingly being ‘translocated’ from their native areas to survive effects of climate change, poaching and habitat loss, says top conservationist.

More than 1,000 species have had to be relocated because of climate change, poaching and humans taking their habitat, according to a top conservationist.

“Fish near angling hotspots are more clever, avoid capture”

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New research out of the University of Queensland confirms what many fishermen likely already suspected — the fish near angling hotspots are smarter.

“Study: Polar bears swimming more as sea ice retreats”

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Polar bears rely on sea ice — using it as a place to rest and hunt. Unfortunately, there seems to be less and less of it every year.

Scientists with the University of Alberta, Climate Change Canada and the Zoological Society of San Diego tracked the movements of polar bears in the Beaufort Sea and Hudson Bay. The data suggests the predators tend to swim greater distances as ice disappears.

“We Just Crushed The Global Record For Hottest Start Of Any Year”

We Just Crushed The Global Record For Hottest Start Of Any Year

NASA reports that this was the hottest three-month start (January to March) of any year on record. It beat the previous record — just set in 2015 — by a stunning 0.7°F (0.39°C). Normally, such multi-month records are measured in the hundredths of a degree.

“First Sumatran rhino found in Borneo in 40 years has died”

Indonesian environmental activist tending to an ill Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) after it was found in a pit trap.

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The first critically endangered Sumatran rhino to be found in an area of Borneo for 40 years has died, wildlife experts said.

The species had been thought to be extinct in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, until a few years ago when surveying found evidence through camera traps and footprints of 15 Sumatran rhinos in the area.

Is this hideous creature found dead in European mountain range the legendary blood-drinking Chupacabra?

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Locals believe a hideous creature found dead in a European mountain range is the legendary Chupacabra.

Experts are struggling to identify the macabre remains of the ‘mutant’ animal , which was discovered in the Carpathian Mountains.

“England’s last golden eagle feared dead”

A Golden eagle in flight. The missing golden eagle had been resident at Haweswater in the Lake District for 15 years.

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England’s only resident golden eagle is likely to have died after failing to appear this spring, wildlife experts fear.

The bird, which has been a resident at Riggindale near Haweswater, Cumbria, since 2001, has not seen by RSPB staff since last November, and would normally be seen at this time of year building a nest and displaying to attract a mate.