Archive | June 2016

“This 21-Year-Old May Have Found The Way To Clean Up The Plastic In Our Oceans”

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Boyan Slat was just 16 when he realized he wanted to rid the oceans of plastic. It all happened after he dove into the problem in the most literal way while snorkeling in Greece and finding more drifting plastic than fish swimming.

Once back in his native Netherlands, Slat delved into the topic as people told him that cleaning up the ocean was impossible. Still, Slat, a young inventor who by then already held the world recordfor most high-pressure rockets simultaneously launched, persisted until he found what he was looking for.

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“Penguin population may be halved by end of century”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/06/29/Penguin-population-may-be-halved-by-end-of-century/3961467202270/?nll=1

There will be far fewer penguins in Antarctica by the end of the century as a result of rising temperatures, according to a recent study.

“Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?”

A bald uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus) in the flooded forest of the Amazon in Brazil. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as vulnerable.

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Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson wants to set aside half of the planet as protected areas for nature. But is this possible? And, if so, how would it work?

 

“Is there life after death? Some genes turn on after the body’s demise, study finds”

Genes in dead zebrafish were found to remain active for up to four days Tom Malorny, Getty<br />

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/is-there-life-after-death-some-genes-turn-on-after-the-bodys-demise-study-finds/ar-AAhx3mK?li=BBoPRmx&ocid=mailsignout

‘Is there life after death?’ is a question that has dominated human thinking since time immemorial.

But now researchers have discovered that an animal’s genes can ‘live’ on for up to four days after its body has died, Science Magazine reported.

And some genes, including ones that help to create an embryo and others associated with cancer, even turned on or became more active after death.

“Thousands Of Cities From Six Continents Just Agreed To Work On Climate Change”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/23/3791744/cities-create-massive-climate-coalition/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cptop3&utm_term=3&utm_content=43

Thousands of cities from six continents united Wednesday to create the largest global coalition committed to battling human-caused climate change and pushing the world into a low-carbon economy.

“Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone”

The Met Office forecasts 2016 will see annual CO2 concentrations breach 400 parts per million. To keep below global warming of 2C - the ‘safe’ level - concentrations must be kept below 450ppm.

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Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study.

 

“Rio 2016 Apologizes for Olympic Jaguar After Army Shoots It Dead!”

Rio 2016 mascot Vinicius.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-21/rio-2016-apologizes-for-olympic-jaguar-after-army-shoots-it-dead

Rio de Janeiro’s local Olympics organizing committee apologized after a chained jaguar used in a photograph with the Olympic torch was shot dead.

“Legal ivory sale drove dramatic increase in elephant poaching, study shows”

Zimbabwe is seeking permission to sell off its 93-tonne ivory stockpile that is worth about $15m.

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Research shows the legal sale in 2008 catastrophically backfired – but two African nations want to repeat the stockpile sell-off.

“Gates Says Altered Mosquito Is Next Weapon to Fight Malaria”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/gates-says-altered-mosquitoes-are-next-weapon-in-malaria-fight

Bring on the genetically modified mosquitoes, Bill Gates says.

In recent years, biologists armed with a new gene-editing technology have proposed altering mosquitoes so they’re more resistant to diseases like malaria and dengue. Using a mechanism known as a “gene drive,” the researchers say they can quickly push an alteration through an entire species.

“Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds”

Organic apples and pears

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Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.

The international team behind the work suggests that switching to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or two portions of the recommended “five a day”.

The team, led by Prof Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, concludes that there are “statistically significant, meaningful” differences, with a range of antioxidants being “substantially higher” – between 19% and 69% – in organic food. It is the first study to demonstrate clear and wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals.