Archive | April 2017

Should the Lynx be reintroduced to the UK?

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Reintroduction of the Lynx to the UK has been debated for a few years. It went extinct in the UK around the 7th century however it is still present in parts of Europe. Kielder has been identified as the preferred trial site. Many people are opposing the reintroduction due to the potential threats to agriculture and local people.

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“Baby whales ‘whisper’ to mothers to avoid predators: study”

'Whispering' keeps humpbacks safe from killer whales, study finds

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-baby-whales-mothers-predators.html

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

 

“Oil and Mining Giants Detail Road Map to Reduce Carbon by Half”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-25/oil-and-mining-giants-detail-road-map-to-reduce-carbon-by-half

A group of companies and non-profit agencies that includes energy giants Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BHP Billiton said global greenhouse gas emissions could be cut in half by 2040 without impeding economic development, in part by converting grids to use mostly renewable power.

UK’s rarest plants are at risk of extinction, charity warns

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In total, Britain’s verges are home to more than 700 species of wild plants, with 12% threatened with extinction or heading in that direction, Plantlife said.

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“U.K. Just Went Without Coal Power for the First Time Since 1880s”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-21/u-k-heads-for-first-coal-free-day-since-industrial-revolution

The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc.

“Friday 21st April 2017 was the first 24-hour period since the 1880s where Great Britain went without coal-fired power stations,” the National Grid control room said in a Twitter post confirming the achievement announced earlier.

“How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything”

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-arctic/

Receding ice decreases the Earth’s overall reflectivity, making the Arctic darker and therefore absorbing even more heat.

There’s enough water locked up in Greenland’s ice sheet to raise seas worldwide by 20 feet. While it may take centuries to fully melt, scientists are concerned that we have a limited time to act to prevent the climate from locking in the ice sheet’s demise.

“Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days”

A view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh glacier, seen here on the right, away from the Slims river and toward the Kaskawulsh river.

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An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography.

“The ‘Doomsday Vault’ is a Backup Plan to Save the World’s Most Vital Crops”

The 'Doomsday Vault' is a Backup Plan to Save the World's Most Vital Crops

http://www.visualcapitalist.com/doomsday-vault-vital-crops/

On a remote island that is just 800 miles (1,300 km) from the North Pole, the Norwegian government has built a failsafe in the freezing cold that protects thousands of the most vital crops from extinction. Officially called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, it already holds close to a million samples of crops around the world, with each sample holding about 500 seeds.

 

“‘Sightings’ of extinct Tasmanian tiger prompt search in Queensland”

Photo published for Tasmanian tiger: 'Sightings' of extinct animal spark hunt in Australia

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“Plausible” possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in northern Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have died out more than 80 years ago.

“Zaria Forman Finds Beauty in the Things We’re Losing”

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You can realize all these things and yet still be completely unprepared for loss when it arrives. What if there were a warning, a reminder of all the beauty that you can still save?