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Feds allowing tarsands to become 'most destructive project on Earth': report - Saskatchewan - CBC News

Feds allowing tarsands to become 'most destructive project on Earth': report - Saskatchewan - CBC News | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The federal government has failed to impose required environmental restrictions on Alberta's oilsands, an environmental group says.
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Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot

It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it
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Great Barrier Reef marine reserves get a big tick

Great Barrier Reef marine reserves get a big tick | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The combination of marine reserves and fishing controls appears to be working to protect the Great Barrier Reef as well as preserve stocks of commercially important species, say researchers.
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‘Seeds of Time’ to hit theaters in May

‘Seeds of Time’ to hit theaters in May | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A new documentary film tracks the history and mission of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault - sometimes called the Doomsday Vault - and its founder Cary Fowler.
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World's largest asteroid impact zone found in central Australia

World's largest asteroid impact zone found in central Australia | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Australian scientists uncover what is believed to be the largest asteroid impact zone ever found on Earth.
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Fascinating Photos of Reindeer People Living in Mongolia

Fascinating Photos of Reindeer People Living in Mongolia | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
After living in Nepal and exploring Tibet and the Himalayas for more than a decade, photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami decided he would travel to outer Mongolia to document the nomadic tribes and their unique way of life. A scholar of Tibetan and Mongol languages who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sanskrit and Tibetan Studies, Sardar was just the right person to capture the Dukha people, Mongolia's last nomadic reindeer herders. The Dukha are an ancient group of people of Turk desc
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Rain transforms dry lake into outback oasis

Rain transforms dry lake into outback oasis | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
This is a rare image of water in Lake Frome, a usually dry salt pan in the arid South Australian outback.
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1,400+ new marine creatures identified last year

1,400+ new marine creatures identified last year | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A global effort to create a consolidated inventory of all existing sea life announced the results of eight years of work.
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Fears sea levels could rise as scientists find signs huge glacier is melting

Fears sea levels could rise as scientists find signs huge glacier is melting | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
New aerial ice studies uncover a series of tunnels and gateways which are allowing warm water to eat away at the Totten Glacier.
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These Are All The Areas Likely To Be Hit By The Coral Bleaching Outbreak

These Are All The Areas Likely To Be Hit By The Coral Bleaching Outbreak | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Coral bleaching is among nature's spookiest reactions. One day, a section of coral is teeming with life and color. Then, suddenly, all that's left is the bleached out outline of that empty coral, a ghost coral in empty waters.
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March 20 eclipse and the Saros | EarthSky.org

March 20 eclipse and the Saros | EarthSky.org | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
There are currently 40 different Saros series in progress, each with its own assigned number. The total solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 belongs to Saros 120.
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Satellite Eye on Earth: January 2015 – in pictures

Satellite Eye on Earth: January 2015 – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Double cyclones, Iceland’s Holuhraun lava field and Madagascar floods are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month
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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Winner hopes his photograph of a short snouted seahorse – that beat thousands of entries from 40 countries – will raise awareness of the species’ dramatic decline
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World's most popular natural wonders - CNN.com

World's most popular natural wonders - CNN.com | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Check out the most popular national parks and preserves on the six most populous continents.
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'Supertide' isolates Mont Saint-Michel in France

'Supertide' isolates Mont Saint-Michel in France | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Thousands gathered to see the moment an unusually high tide surrounded the historic site of Mont Saint-Michel in northern France.
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Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below

Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below.
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The beautiful bugs of Belize

The beautiful bugs of Belize | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Stunning images of the incredible arthropods of Belize by Thomas Shahan
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Thomas Shahan is an Oregon-based artist and macro-photographer who specialises in high-magnification photography. He is the imaging specialist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture's entomology lab.

 

For the past two years, Thomas has been teaching at macro photography workshops in Belize, and he took these stunning photographs during those trips.

 

Most tourists visit the country for the clear tropical waters off the coast, but inland Belize includes deep jungle habitats with incredible biodiversity and an enormous amount of arthropod life.

 

Thomas tells BBC Earth, “I find the seemingly endless diversity and beauty of arthropods fascinating. It's like exploring another world full of alien life forms.

"Arthropods are often feared, misunderstood, or labelled as pests – unjustly – despite the pivotal role they play in the Earth's ecosystems. They are certainly more beneficial to the planet than we are as a species.”

 

He goes on “By taking portraits and details of their beauty and anthropomorphic qualities - I hope to elevate repulsion to reverence. Bugs are beautiful and people should know.”

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Botanical Bombshells Get Their Bloom On

Botanical Bombshells Get Their Bloom On | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

By isolating 150 flower species against white, and flooding them with light in the height of their blossom, for his recent book Flowers photographer Andrew Zuckerman sought to make individual "portraits" of the botanicals.

 

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Lopsided ice on the moon points to past shift in poles

Lopsided ice on the moon points to past shift in poles | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Ancient lunar hot spot could have tilted the moon 5.5°
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Drone Camera Captures the Jungle-Like World of the Hang Son Doong Cave

Drone Camera Captures the Jungle-Like World of the Hang Son Doong Cave | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Photographer Ryan Deboodt recently took his DSLRs and camera drone into the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam, and what he captured has an otherworldly feel. The locale is the largest known cave in the world, and its interior might not be what you’d expect. Instead of appearing dark and rocky, Hang Son Doong (translation: mountain river cave) is a lush, jungle-like world with an underground river. It’s a fascinating natural splendor and made even more incredible as Deboodt’s drone pans the grandios
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Long-lost whale fossil sheds light on East Africa's evolution

Long-lost whale fossil sheds light on East Africa's evolution | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The rediscovery of a long-lost whale fossil provides clues about when the East African plateau started to rise - a shift that led to a drier climate, the creation of grasslands, and drove human evolution.
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Scientists eavesdrop on blue whales in Southern Ocean

Scientists eavesdrop on blue whales in Southern Ocean | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Scientists record more than 40,000 calls from blue whales to learn how the giant mammals are recovering from whaling.
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New Algae Species Helps Coral Stand the Heat - Nature World News

New Algae Species Helps Coral Stand the Heat - Nature World News | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
It's no secret that the world's coral reefs are rapidly declining, taking the one-two punch that is warming temperatures and mounting ocean acidification. However, there is hope, and it's coming straight from an unknown member of the natural world.
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24 Pictures From Around the World That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Life

24 Pictures From Around the World That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Life | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, they would be right. An image can capture the essence of something powerful more than any writer or poet. An image is simple; it’s right there in front of you, completely unfiltered. Words can get lost in translation and taken out of context; their meaning confused and misinterpreted. Images aren’t just a mixture of colors caught on paper. They are something that can stir and evoke raw emotions inside of us.

 

There are standard examples of the importance of images. According to the Pew Research Center, an Internet user is 7.4 times more likely to click on content if an image is attached to it. Branding and marketing experts carefully utilize color schemes and images to persuade us to buy certain products.

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Worst drought on record dries up São Paulo's main water reserves – in pictures

Worst drought on record dries up São Paulo's main water reserves – in pictures | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Water shortage in Brazil’s largest city is forcing some to hoard and recycle water as levels in the Cantareira reservoir fall to 6% of its total capacity
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DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in Europe

DNA recovered from underwater British site may rewrite history of farming in Europe | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Hunter-gatherers may have brought wheat to region thousands of years earlier than thought
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Waiting for the sea

Waiting for the sea | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
It took just 40 years for the Aral Sea to dry up. Fishing ports suddenly found themselves in a desert.
But in one small part of the sea, water is returning.
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