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Climate Change Infects Beluga Whales with Cat Parasite

Climate Change Infects Beluga Whales with Cat Parasite

For the first time, a common cat parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been detected in beluga whales. Although the infection is carried by up to one-third of all humans and is harmless to healthy people, it is potentially dangerous for fetus of pregnant women and people who have weak immune system.

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China Unveils Fourth research Station on Antarctica

China Unveils Fourth research Station on Antarctica

China has opened its fourth research station in Antarctica, the 1,000 square-meter (10,763 sq. feet) Taishan base. It is also known as 'the lantern' as its main building's shape is similar to a lantern.

The Taishan is intended to help researchers study geology, glaciers, and climate change. It has a gamut of facilities including a runway for a fixed wing aircraft. To give you the exact location of the Taishan station, it is 76 degrees 58 minutes east longitude and 73 degrees 51 minutes south latitude on the East Antarctic inland ice sheet at an altitude of 2,621 meters.

Icy Lakes in Alaska's Arctic Coastal Plain Melting Faster

Icy Lakes in Alaska's Arctic Coastal Plain Melting Faster

A new study has come up with the findings that the icy lakes in Alaska's Arctic coastal plain are thawing faster compared to past decade. Researchers from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada reported that the winter ice season is shorter by 24 days near Barrow, Alaska than in 1950. The conclusion was drawn with the help of radar data gathered by Europe's ERS satellites.

The Barrow is the largest settlement on Alaska's North Slope. The researchers analyzed over 400 lakes that individually have surface areas up to 60 sq km but are about 1.5m deep.

Periods of High and Low Solar Activity has not Influenced Climate Change

Periods of High and Low Solar Activity has not Influenced Climate Change

A number of studies are taking place with regard to climate change. It has been seen that average temperature on Earth has changed over past thousand years. Solar activities have been linked with climate change.

Recently, a study has been carried out by a group of researchers from the University of Edinburgh in which it has been found that variations in heat from the sun has not influenced climate change.

Is it true that Vegetation acts as ‘Carbon Sink’?

Is it true that Vegetation acts as ‘Carbon Sink’?

As per scientists, vegetation on Earth could become drenched with carbon by the end of this century and would not work as a brake on global warming.

A four degree increase in temperature, expected by 2010, marks the threshold point after which terrestrial trees and plants will be not be capable of soaking more carbon from the atmosphere.

The researchers warn that atmospheric carbon will start to increase more quickly that will speed up the change in climate.

International Conference on Climate Change Opens in Lima, Peru

International Conference on Climate Change Opens in Lima, Peru

More than 100 international researches and government officials witnessed the inauguration of the International Conference on Climate Change called 'InterClima 2013' in Lima, Peru. Peru's Environment Minister, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, inaugurated the conference.

The prime motive behind the annual event is to assess the impact of the continued growth in emissions of greenhouse gases. Well, it will also assess that how encouraging clean energy production and sustainable development brings changes in experiences.

Underwater Glaciers Fjords, One of the Loudest Natural Marine Environments

Underwater Glaciers Fjords, One of the Loudest Natural Marine Environments

It has been said that sounds by bubbles are produced because of melting of ice. It makes underwater glacial fjords one of the loudest natural marine environments on earth. Scientists suggest that the reason behind making of such sound is that glaciers sizzle, when they disappear into warm water.

Researchers from the University of Alaska gave first evidence for the production of sound caused after warming of planet. It has been declared that the sizzling sound made by underwater glaciers fjords is one of the loudest natural marine environments on earth.

International Red List: Okapi Two Steps Away from Extinction

International Red List: Okapi Two Steps Away from Extinction

According to a latest report, a close relative of the giraffe known as okapi has been recently reclassified as endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

According to sources, the okapi is only found in the DR Congo and is presently facing considerable amount of threat of being endangered.

Spinning Ice Circle Seen in US River

Spinning Ice Circle Seen in US River

George Loegering, a 73 year old retired engineer, was totally amazed after seeing a large spinning circle of ice in the Sheyenne River. George said that at first, he was surprised and was unbelievable for him to realize it.

George had captured the images of that large disk and then used an internet to gather some more information regarding that disk. He also calculated the diameter of disk to be about 55 feet. George said that this spinning circle of an ice is not an unknown phenomenon, but can be rarely seen.

Methane Emissions 50% Higher Than EPA Estimates: Study

Methane Emissions 50% Higher Than EPA Estimates: Study

According to a new study, methane emissions from the oil and gas operations have been estimated to be about 50% higher that the statistics reported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

It has also been estimated and analyzed by researchers that methane emissions in the United States are about five times higher in the places of the south-central region. These places include Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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