Nature

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef should spark greater action on climate change

We should do everything we can to prevent the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef – for its economic value and for its own sake. But morally we cannot expect the rest of the world to reduce carbon emissions drastically to save our reef unless we are leading the effort ourselves… Source: Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef should spark greater action on climate change Read More »

Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica

100 years after Tom Crean’s voyage, Donegal man Danny McFadden returns from a year-and-a-half living on Rothera research station and visiting the South Pole. Arriving in South Georgia, I can only imagine what Tom Crean and the rest of the crew of the James Caird felt when they made landfall on this bleak and… Source: Polar opposite: The Irishman who spent 18 months living in Antarctica Read More »

‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records

The Earth sizzled in March with the most unusually warm month in history as average land surface temperatures easily exceeded levels deemed by scientists to constitute dangerous climate change. The abnormal weather has continued into April as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean dumped rain at rates reaching 300 mm an hour, and Australian scientists declared the worst coral bleaching event… Source: ‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records Read More »

Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas

Some villagers, high in the Himalayas, maintain centuries old tradition of growing charas, Indian cannabis.. Indian Himalayas, India – Torn between a widespread tradition and an internationally imposed prohibition, thousands of villages scattered on the Indian Himalayas survive on the production of charas, hashish produced in India.  In India, the use of cannabis dates back to the sacred Vedas texts and has been a part of religious rituals and festivities for millennia… Source: Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas – Al Jazeera ... Read More »

Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to the experts to save jungle cats

Sometimes, you just have to move the mountain to Muhammad.. Or, as the case may be, the Amazon to the world. In the race to save jaguars, one of the globe’s most secretive – and threatened – species, researchers and conservationists are hoping to create corridors for the jungle cat to safely travel through, tracks of land across South America, which would remain protected and give the jaguar the best chance of survival… Source: Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to ... Read More »

Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship

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Artists, scientists and politicians sign letter to Guardian calling on museum to end ‘out of touch’ partnership with oil firm. Almost 100 prominent figures from the arts, science and politics are calling on the new director of the British Museum to drop BP as a commercial sponsor. In a letter to the Guardian, the museum is urged to abandon the “completely out… Source: Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship | Culture | The Guardian Read More »

WA Conservation Council campaigns for fracking to become election issue

The WA Conservation Council has launched a new anti-fracking campaign to highlight the issue in the lead up to next year’s election, but its comments have angered the industry. The Frack Free Future campaign is being launched on the back of a survey of 600 people from around the state… Source: WA Conservation Council campaigns for fracking to become election issue – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Why are Nairobi’s lions suddenly being killed?

The growing populations of humans and lions is creating a deadly situation for the big cats in Kenya.. For the second time in two days, a male lion was killed outside Nairobi National Park. This one, 2-year-old Lemek, was found with a spear through his body. The previous day, a 13-year-old named Mohawk was shot by wildlife rangers who said he posed a threat to human life. They did not have tranquilizers… Source: Why are Nairobi’s lions suddenly being killed? – ... Read More »

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching more widespread than first thought, surveys reveal

New aerial surveys have found the devastating coral bleaching event hitting the Great Barrier Reef has a larger footprint than initially thought. Professor Terry Hughes, who is part of a national coral bleaching taskforce, said research flights on Wednesday between Townsville and Cairns had observed differing levels of bleaching across all 74 reefs that had been surveyed in the… Source: Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching more widespread than first thought, surveys reveal Read More »

Scientists just found more evidence that Planet Nine exists in our Solar System

And this new planet could be huge. Back in January, the astronomer who led the charge to have Pluto demoted to dwarf planet status announced that he’d just found evidence that a huge, icy planet could be lurking on the edge of the Solar System, just past Neptune… Source: Scientists just found more evidence that Planet Nine exists in our Solar System – ScienceAlert Read More »

New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle

United Nations negotiations begin today in New York on the elements of an international agreement to govern the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas. Every country will have a seat at these inaugural negotiations on conservation beyond their borders. More than half of the world’s ocean… Source: New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle Read More »

NASA’s Mission to Europa

A new generation of probes will look for signs of life in the liquid plumes that shoot out from Jupiter and Saturn’s moons. The oceans offered humanity’s first passage beyond the boundaries of the known world. Ships brought people to unfamiliar shores on voyages of discovery, often just because they… Source: NASA’s Mission to Europa – The Atlantic Read More »

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature. By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside in green, natural spaces than people did several generations ago. City dwellers also have a… Source: How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain ... Read More »