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On 6 degrees of climate change

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(CNN) – Climate change is all about degrees. John D. Sutter CNN Six degrees Celsius of warming may not sound like much — probably because “temperatures can swing by 6 degrees within an hour if a warm front passes, and it doesn’t mean the end of the world,” said Mark Lynas, author of a book… On 6 degrees… Read More »

UK’s cash-starved parks at tipping point of decline, MPs warn

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Slashed budgets risk the nation’s 27,000 parks becoming no-go areas, with negative effects on park-goers’ health and the… Damian Carrington The Guardian The UK’s cash-starved parks are at a tipping point of decline, MPs have warned, with severe impacts expected for park-goers’ health, community cohesion and the… UK’s cash-starved… Read More »

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

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It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

Massive ancient undersea landslide discovered off Great Barrier Reef

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Scientists were amazed to find remains of 300,000-year-old sediment slip while conducting 3D mapping of deep sea floor… Australian Associated Press The Guardian Evidence of a massive undersea landslide that took place more than 300,000 years ago has been discovered off the Great Barrier Reef… Massive ancient undersea… Read More »

World’s Priciest Coffee Is Hand-Picked From Elephant Dung

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Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Ever since the Kopi Luwak craze began more than a decade ago, coffee connoisseurs have sought unusual ways to make the perfect brew. Adam Majendie Bloomberg Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee. But as the luwak… World’s Priciest Coffee… Read More »

Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant Otter Species In China

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Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China’s Yunnan province. Merrit Kennedy npr That’s according to new research from a team of scientists who discovered a well-preserved cranium of the newly-discovered species in an open lignite mine in 2010. They recently published their… Scientists Discover Prehistoric… Read More »

Sewage leak closing Tasmanian oyster farms, deterring swimmers

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A sewage leak, which has closed some Tasmanian oyster farms, will cost jobs and hurt the economy in the St Helen’s region, the mayor has… Georgie Burgess ABC Heavy rainfall on Friday caused a TasWater pump station to overflow and leak raw sewage into Georges Bay on the state’s east… Sewage leak closing… Read More »

Republicans step up push for Arctic drilling in wildlife refuge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Bloomberg) — Far above the Arctic Circle, one of the longest-running controversies in U.S. oil drilling is about to… ALEX NUSSBAUM World Oil Bouyed by Donald Trump’s election, Republicans are pushing to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the… Republicans step up… Read More »

The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often… Mathew Berg Jessica Williams The Conversation Before the widening rupture… The world’s best… Read More »

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

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Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired… Climate change: 90%… Read More »

How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

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Rising sea temperatures are pushing shoals hundreds of miles from native grounds Robin McKie The Guardian Scottish fishermen have uncovered an intriguing way to supplement their income: they have added squid to the menu of marine creatures they regularly pull from the… How warming seas… Read More »

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

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An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. Matt McGrath BBC A long-running rift in the Larson C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Larsen C is the… Huge Antarctic iceberg… Read More »

War on elephant poachers is front line to halt extinction

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It is no coincidence that the demand for ivory has soared along with the rising wealth of Asia, particularly in China Asia Times Nicolas Delaunay It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on. The largest destruction of… War on elephant poachers is… Read More »

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

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Migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. BBC News Birds have reached their summer breeding grounds on average about one day earlier per degree of increasing global temperatures, according to the research by Edinburgh University. The study looked at… Birds migrating earlier… Read More »

Cheetahs Are Far Closer To Extinction Than We Realized

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“We need to come back to the potential of cheetahs to coexist with people.” Nick Visser The Huffington Post A major conservation group is urging environmental leaders to list cheetahs as an endangered species, warning that populations of the… Cheetahs Are Far… Read More »

Dolphins too friendly with man and risk death by getting too close, researchers fear

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WILD dolphins are putting themselves at increasing risk of injury and death by getting too close to humans, say researchers. Express Evidence suggests that rising numbers of bottlenose dolphins living off the Florida coast see humans as an easy meal ticket. Whether being fed or… Dolphins too friendly with… Read More »