Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 03/24/2017 - 05:51
Earlier this month, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) of Australia warned that numerous species in the popular reef would struggle to fully recover as it is experiencing an unprecedented mass coral bleaching for the second year in a row.
Most scientists believe that reefs across the globe, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, are dying due to global warming.
However, some coral reef experts and Republicans in particular argue that there is no strong evidence showing that manmade global warming is responsible for reef damages.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 03/19/2017 - 05:59
Microscopic tardigrades, which are also known as “water bears,” have intrigued scientists for centuries due to their ability to survive in really extreme conditions. Now, a team of researchers claimed to have the discovered the special proteins in their DNA that give the microscopic creatures their superpowers.
Tardigrades are merely 0.002 to 0.05 inches or 0.05 to 1.2 millimeters in length. Thus, these creatures can’t be seen with the naked eye. But, they have rotund heads and four pairs of chubby legs tipped with grasping claws.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 03/17/2017 - 03:08
After observing the behavior of humpback whales for years, a team of marine biologists has discovered some never-seen-before patterns in their activities.
The research team studied humpback whales in a creek system on B.C.’s North Coast from 2005 to 2014, and found a “wave” pattern in their behavior. They discovered that humpback whales in the Kitimat creek system move in the wave pattern from the outer channels into the creeks in the fall.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 03:16
A years-long study on humpback whales in a creek on B.C.'s North Coast has revealed previously unknown pattern of movement among massive marine creatures.
A team of researchers surveyed the whales in the Kitimat creek system from 2005 to 2014 and found that the marine creatures move in a “wave pattern” from the outer channels in the spring inward into the creeks in the fall.
Lead researcher Janie Wray, of the North Coast Cetacean Society, said that the wave pattern was never recorded in other humpback whales in similar habitats.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 03:15
Following a recent aerial survey of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists are trying to find new ways to prevent a possible total wipeout of the coral reefs.
The aerial survey showed that the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing widespread coral bleaching for the second year in a row, indicating that water temperatures remained too warm to allow corals to recover from last year’s bleaching.
Scientists warned that several coral species are now more susceptible to bleaching after more than twelve months of continued above-average ocean temperatures.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 03/12/2017 - 14:51
Several species in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef would struggle to fully recover as the reef is experiencing an unprecedented second year of mass coral bleaching, scientists have warned.
Last year during March and April, the 1,400-mile (2,300-kilometre) reef experienced its most severe coral bleaching on record.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) said in statement that the reef is once again experiencing coral bleaching due to warmer water temperature. The statement followed an aerial survey off the country’s eastern coast on Thursday.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 03/05/2017 - 17:01
Amazon’s ancient indigenous people had a far more intense impact on the composition of the vast local rainforests than formerly known, a new study has suggested.
The new research suggested that several tree species in the Amazon region are abundant because they were cultivated by indigenous people who populated the region before Europeans’ arrival more than 500 years ago.
These tree species include the Brazil nut, acai palm, cacao, caimito and tucuma palm, rubber and cashew.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 02/26/2017 - 17:55
The thorny skate, a species of fish that mainly lives near the bottom of the coastline of North Atlantic Ocean, will not get protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal government agency has declared.
Various environmental groups and wildlife advocates had urged the federal authorities to add the thorny skate species to the endangered species list because the species’ population has declined significantly in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:22
Poachers have killed as many as 25,000 forest elephants in Africa’s Minkebe National Park within a decade, according to a fresh survey by Duke University researchers.
Lead researcher John Poulson, an assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke University, wrote in the newly published study that population of elephants in the national park, which has been a key sanctuary for the species, slipped 78 per cent from 2004 to 2014.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 10:51
Around a week ago, a New Zealand beach became a distressing grave site when hundreds of pilot whales became stranded on it and many of them died.
The New Zealand the Department of Conservation (DOC) confirmed that more than 600 pilot whales became stranded on the Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island. Hundreds of volunteers worked with DOC workers to save the whales, but they could save only half of them. More than 300 whales died at the beach.