Archive | April 2016

“Climate Change Comes For Your Cup Of Tea”

Climate Change Comes For Your Cup Of Tea

Next to water, tea is the most popular and widely-consumed beverage in the world. Globally, six million acres are devoted to tea production. But the future of this multi-billion dollar crop is jeopardized by a host of climate-related changes that are making it harder to grow tea and altering the quality of the final product in teapots around the world.

“The great escape: Inky the octopus legs it to freedom from aquarium”

An annotated series of photos showing how ‘Inky’ the octopus escaped from his tank at the National Aquarium in New Zealand and into the sea via a drainpipe.


An octopus has made a brazen escape from the national aquarium in New Zealandby breaking out of its tank, slithering down a 50-metre drainpipe and disappearing into the sea.


“Treating Soil A Little Differently Could Help It Store A Huge Amount Of Carbon”


Climate change is a massive problem with the potential to completely reshape the world, both literally (with rising sea levels and melting glaciers) and figuratively (with the way we grow food, or the way that we handle allergies). And while the consequences caused by climate change could be huge, the solutions — transitioning to a completely fossil fuel-free economy, or geoengineering — can often seem equally daunting.

But what if something as simple as the dirt under your feet could help mitigate some of the worst of climate change? The Earth’s soils contain a lot of carbon, and helping to manage and restore them could be a key way to help tackle climate change, according to a recent study in Nature.

“Tiger Count Rising for First Time in a Century”

"The number of wild tigers has been revised to 3,890, based on the best available data," said WWF and the Global Tiger Forum (GTF).

The world’s count of wild tigers roaming forests from Russia to Vietnam has gone up for the first time in more than a century, with 3,890 counted by conservation groups and national governments in the latest global census, wildlife conservation groups said Monday.

“Global warming may be far worse than thought, cloud analysis suggests”

Under a blanket of clouds, tourists watch a meltwater waterfall on an icecap.


Climate change projections have vastly underestimated the role that clouds play, meaning future warming could be far worse than is currently projected, according to new research.

“Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia”

Chhith Sam Ath, Cambodian director of WWF, unveils the plan to reintroduce tigers into the dry forests of the country, where they have become virtually extinct due to poaching.


Tigers are “functionally extinct” in Cambodia, conservationists conceded for the first time on Wednesday, as they launched a bold action plan to reintroduce the big cats to the kingdom’s forests.

“Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections”

An Aedes aegypti mosquitoe is seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, March 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus.

Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections – including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis – in people exposed to Zika.

“Study Confirms World’s Coastal Cities Unsavable If We Don’t Slash Carbon Pollution”


A new study confirms what leading climate scientists have warned about for many years now: Only very aggressive climate action can save the world’s coastal cities from inundation by century’s end.

“Time Magazine Got Global Warming Right In 2006: ‘Be Worried. Be Very Worried’”


Ten years ago this week, Time magazine published a landmark cover on global warming with the headline, “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.”

The main story was a very solid, even prescient, piece of reporting — warning about polar ice loss, sea level rise, severe drought, and other extreme weather: