Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is treating unprecedented numbers of marine animals that have swallowed plastic debris and scientists say the tide of litter is only rising Rates of marine animals needing treatment for ingesting plastic bags, balloons and...
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By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Jan 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world can improve living standards for all while cutting climate-changing emissions to keep to an internationally agreed limit for global warming, a team led by t...
This might be true if we didn't already have 400ppm CO2 up there.
AUSTRALIA’s two biggest science and weather bodies, CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have released new climate change data and information on how it will affect Australia.
“There is very high confidence that hot days will become more frequent and hotter,” CSIRO principal research scientist, Kevin Hennessy said.
“We also have very high confidence that sea levels will rise, oceans will become more acidic, and snow depths will decline.
“We expect that extreme rainfall events across the nation are likely to become more intense, even where annual-average rainfall is projected to decline.”
The projections are the most comprehensive ever released for Australia, and renowned science expert Dr Karl Kruszelnicki says they’re only just the tip of the iceberg."
GR: The fires of our industry have changed our planet. There is enough added carbon in the atmosphere to produce the changes CSIRO and BoM predict. How much worse things get depends on when we stop adding carbon.
Bear Manager Sarah Dempsey has spent over two years caring for moon bears at Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre – making her perfectly placed to put the record straight about these wonderful, charismatic animals.1/ There aren’t bears in Vietnam, are there?
"Yes, bears are native to Vietnam! One of the first things I hear when I say I work with bears at Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre is: “I didn’t know there were bears in Vietnam?” Well, yes there are!"
Press Release Center Biological Divserity Petition Seeks 3 Million Acres of Critical Habitat for 9 Endangered Species Found From Maine to North Carolina, West to Illinois 9 Animals Are Among Hundreds Wrongly Denied Habitat Protection Since 1978...
Anna Simon: "Tamarisk was introduced to the Western U.S. from Eurasia in the late 1800s, and over the next 50 years it was widely planted as a fast-growing, drought-resistant ornamental and riverbank stabilizer. However, the negative impacts of the tree were increasingly evident, leading to the passage of a national bill to address the issue."
GR: Tamarisk became invasive, replacing native plants, and sucking up lots of water that people wanted. It also became home to an endangered bird species. An introduced beetle effectively kills the tree, but also eliminates the endangered bird's habitat. What to do.
Land managers conclude: “Our primary task, therefore, is to promote desirable replacement vegetation whenever and wherever we can, taking advantage of the opportunity the beetles create and mitigating any unintended effects. The panelists' report, expected this spring, is a first step in that direction.”
WELL DUH. Why weren’t restoration and unintended effects considered in the first place? In many similar instances of “land-use management,” the U. S. Bureau of Land Management, and most other public land-management agencies, fail to plan ahead. They praise “adaptive management,” and then do not collect the necessary information. They just don’t look before they leap, and they don’t look back to see why their shoes stink.