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How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent

How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

Improbably, new genetic analysis shows that trapdoor spiders may have ridden ocean currents from Africa to Australia
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. <br>From Walden Chapter 2 “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”
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Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change
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Climate change shifts timing of European floods

Climate change shifts timing of European floods | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
A study conducted by TU Wien and 30 European partners shows that the timing of the floods has shifted across much of Europe, dramatically in some areas. When a major flood event occurs it is often attributed to climate change
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How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Desert

How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Desert | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

The partnership between the Joshua tree and the yucca moth may be key to understanding how plants and insects co-evolve
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How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest

How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

These tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation data
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Al Gore Returns with an Ever-More Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore Returns with an Ever-More Inconvenient Truth | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
The vice president-turned-environmental crusader takes viewers to climate change’s front lines in his documentary sequel
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A Shrimp That Can Kill With Sound Is Named After Pink Floyd

A Shrimp That Can Kill With Sound Is Named After Pink Floyd | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
Synalpheus pinkfloydi can rapidly open and snap close its large claw, creating a sound that can reach up to 210 decibels, louder than a typical rock concert, and loud enough to kill small fish nearby.
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This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
Researchers regularly remind us that the world's oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it's usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn't notice it up until now.
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Like Humans, Chimps Learn Behavior From One Another

Like Humans, Chimps Learn Behavior From One Another | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
Chimps have a range of personalities and the facial expressions to reflect them. But perhaps the thing they most have in common with us is the ability to learn from each other.
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Like Humans and Apes, Ravens Can Plan for the Future

Like Humans and Apes, Ravens Can Plan for the Future | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

The birds were able to choose and hold onto a tool that could unlock an eventual reward
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Illuminating the Secret Language of Lightning Bugs

Illuminating the Secret Language of Lightning Bugs | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

For these light-up lovers, each flash in the night could mean sex or death
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How Moonlight Sets Nature's Rhythms

How Moonlight Sets Nature's Rhythms | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

Lunar luster triggers mating orgies, guides travelers and even can even provoke magical transformations
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India Launches Massive Push for Clean Power, Lighting, and Cars

India Launches Massive Push for Clean Power, Lighting, and Cars | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
While President Trump wants to revive America’s coal industry, India is embracing renewables, LED lighting, electric cars, and more.
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There Are Only 3 of These Turtles Left on Earth

There Are Only 3 of These Turtles Left on Earth | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
And conservationists are desperately searching for a fourth.
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Scientists reveal how goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen

Scientists reveal how goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Universities of Oslo and Liverpool have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish's remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.
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Camel Spiders Are Fast, Furious and Horrifically Fascinating

Camel Spiders Are Fast, Furious and Horrifically Fascinating | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

Yet another mystery about these arachnids: Why are they so intent on mass-murdering ants?
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How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent

How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

Improbably, new genetic analysis shows that trapdoor spiders may have ridden ocean currents from Africa to Australia
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To Understand the Elusive Musk Ox, Researchers Must Become Its Worst Fear

To Understand the Elusive Musk Ox, Researchers Must Become Its Worst Fear | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

How posing as a grizzly helps one biologist grasp the threats facing this ancient beast
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Forget That Big Iceberg--A Smaller One in the Arctic Is More Troubling

Forget That Big Iceberg--A Smaller One in the Arctic Is More Troubling | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
A chunk of ice the size of three Manhattans just broke free in the Arctic, and it has a much clearer link to climate change
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Pistol Shrimp sonic weapon - Weird Nature - BBC

Enter the weird and wonderful underwater world of the Pistol Shrimp in this interesting short video from BBC animal show 'Weird Nature'. Learn how th
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"It fires a blast of bubbles as the bubbles collapse they momentarily reach the temperature of the sun..." ( around 5.000 C)
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How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivity

How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivity | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

The key is in what we feed them, researchers surmise
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The sixth mass genesis? New species are coming into existence faster than ever thanks to humans

The sixth mass genesis? New species are coming into existence faster than ever thanks to humans | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
The planet has seen five 'mass extinctions' over the past half billion years, but each was followed by an explosion in biodiversity.
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Huge New Spider Species Discovered in Mexican Cave

Huge New Spider Species Discovered in Mexican Cave | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

Califorctenus cacachilensis is the width of a softball and represents a new genus of arachnids
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Plankton at risk from seafloor acoustic mining surveys

Plankton at risk from seafloor acoustic mining surveys | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it

Climate scientists are agreed that global warming will have significant long-term impacts on plankton, the creatures that underpin the health and productivity of global marine ecosystems and which play a critical role in the planetary carbon cycle, though they are less sure what exactly those impacts will be.

 

But more immediate effects from human reliance on fossil fuels are now clearer, thanks to research that shows acoustic survey techniques used to explore the seafloor for oil and gas deposits is associated with the widespread death of plankton.

 

The study by marine scientists from Curtin University, in Western Australia, and the University of Tasmania has beenpublished in Nature Ecology & Evolution. It concludes that “potential large-scale modification of plankton community structure and abundance due to seismic survey operations has enormous ramifications for larval recruitment processes, all higher order predators and ocean health in general” and flags the “urgent need to prioritise development and testing of alternative surveying techniques”.


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EU moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemical found in plastics

EU moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemical found in plastics | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
Green groups welcome ‘historic’ ruling recognising that bisphenol A (BPA), found in TVs, plastic water bottles and kettles, poses a threat to human heath
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These Iconic Animals Could Again Be Hunted in Alaska's Refuges

These Iconic Animals Could Again Be Hunted in Alaska's Refuges | Environment Wildlife Conservation | Scoop.it
Congress has voted to overturn an Obama-era rule prohibiting the hunting of bears, wolves, and other predators in Alaska's wildlife refuges.
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