Archive | December 2018

Conservation efforts on UK coasts help rare marine life make comeback

Conservation efforts on coasts around the UK have helped rare marine life including seahorses and basking sharks make an unexpected comeback.

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“Scientists consider strategies for collecting water from the desert air”

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/12/28/Scientists-consider-strategies-for-collecting-water-from-the-desert-air/4911545962723/

In a new survey — published this week in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society — researchers at Ohio State University analyzed the scalability of the water-collection strategies deployed by cacti, beetles and desert grasses.

“Reindeer now smaller and lighter due to climate change, study finds”

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Reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland are concerned their prized animals are getting smaller because of climate change.

“Bank of England could include climate change impact in UK stress tests next year”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/17/bank-of-england-could-include-climate-change-impact-in-stress-tests.html

  • The Bank of England is making plans to include the impact of climate change in its stress tests, according to the Financial Times.

  • The stress tests largely look at a bank’s capital buffers in times of severe financial stress but also include an “exploratory scenario” every two years.

“How This Supercolony of 1.5 Million Penguins Stayed Hidden for Nearly 3,000 Years”

https://www.livescience.com/64282-hidden-adelie-penguin-supercolony.html

But some of the team’s new findings suggest that although 1.5 million seems like a big number, it’s not as large as it once might have been. After their initial analyses of recent satellite imagery, the team decided to look at past satellite images that date back to 1982.

“Wildfires in Sweden Signal Europe’s Climate Disaster Is Growing”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-12/europe-s-climate-insurance-claims-climb-disasters-tornado-flood?srnd=premium-europe

Hannele Arvonen, the owner of one of Sweden’s largest lumber yards, is spending the winter months planning for a new and unexpected threat to her business: regular wildfires raging just south of the Arctic Circle.

Her business, Setra Group AB, had a tense summer as firefighters fought back fires raging through Sweden’s densely-forested Gaevleborg region during a drought that lasted months. Workers there are still painstakingly trying to recover sellable wood from the charred remains of tree stumps.

“On the nature of change”

Fractal from nature

https://theecologist.org/2018/dec/03/nature-change

Radical global change is now a necessity. But even small, everyday changes can be fiercely resisted, resulting in stress and conflict. It is the paradox of our time.

“Scientists have found out how memories are inherited”

A father plays with his son on a beach facing the Adriatic sea, near the city of Durres, some 40 km (25 miles) from Tirana April 28, 2013.            REUTERS/Arben Celi (ALBANIA - Tags: SOCIETY) - GM1E94T0Q7F01

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/12/memories-can-be-inherited-and-scientists-may-have-just-figured-out-how/

Epigenetics is the study of inherited changes in gene expression…changes that are inherited, but they are not inherent to our DNA. For instance, life experiences, which aren’t directly coded in human DNA, can actually be passed on to children. Studies have shown that survivors of traumatic events may have effects in subsequent generations.

Any engineers who accept the challenge?

Sir Richard Branson is Willing To Give $3 Million to Whoever Can Save the Planet By Reinventing the Air Conditioner

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“Climate change wiped out the ‘Siberian unicorn'”

Climate change wiped out the 'Siberian unicorn'

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-climate-siberian-unicorn.html

New research has shed light on the origin and extinction of a giant, shaggy Ice Age rhinoceros known as the Siberian unicorn because of its extraordinary single horn.