The third mass coral bleaching event in recorded history is underway, signalling a biodiversity disaster on an unprecedented scale It may come as a surprise to learn that we are in the middle of the third great coral bleaching event in human history.
"Andrew Eckert, a tree biologist from Virginia Commonwealth University, cautions that not all iconic trees survived due to superior genetics. Some may have just been lucky. On the other hand, he thinks there’s great value in planting the clones to be able to continue studying large trees after the original has died. Even when the clones are only a few inches tall, they are genetically identical to the parent plant.
“I would bet that these would be the trees to study to understand climate oscillations,” Eckert says. They may provide lots of information on how some species will adapt to global climate change.
Seminole County officials still feel that cloning Lady Liberty is the right move. (The Senator had already been cloned by a different group almost 20 years ago, and in 2013 the county spent $14,000 to buy two clones and replant them nearby.)
“Given what happened three years ago to the Senator,” Duby from Seminole County notes, “I think we’d be kicking ourselves if, God forbid, something similarly tragic happened to Lady Liberty and we hadn’t done the cloning.”
Plans put forward by the local people will ban fishing in over 600,000 sq km of the Pacific ocean Chile will create one of the world’s biggest marine parks around the Pacific waters of Easter Island, president Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.
"Climate change is causing more than just warmer oceans and erratic weather. According to scientists, it also has the capacity to alter the shape of the planet.
In a five-year study published today in Nature, lead author Michele Koppes, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, compared glaciers in Patagonia and in the Antarctic Peninsula. She and her team found that glaciers in warmer Patagonia moved faster and caused more erosion than those in Antarctica, as warmer temperatures and melting ice helped lubricate the bed of the glaciers.
“We found that glaciers erode 100 to 1,000 times faster in Patagonia than they do in Antarctica,” said Koppes. “Antarctica is warming up, and as it moves to temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius, the glaciers are all going to start moving faster. We are already seeing that the ice sheets are starting to move faster and should become more erosive, digging deeper valleys and shedding more sediment into the oceans.”
This striking green-blue image isn't a lost work of Van Gogh — it's a giant, growing bloom of microscopic plants and animals in the Baltic Sea, which NASA photographed from space on August 11. But don't let its beauty fool you.
From the Maldives to Mauritania, some cities are engaged in a constant battle for survival against nature’s relentless forces. But which of these metropolises is closest to being overwhelmed by sea, sand or other natural threat?
The crew aboard the International Space Station capture a stunning image of the Great Exuma Island chain in the Bahamas showing the distinct lines of the tidal channels cut between the cays making it one of the most recognisable locations on the planet.
Three times as many whales have washed up dead on the West Coast this year compared to other years, according to a biologist at the University of British Columbia.
Eleven fin whales and 18 humpbacks have been found dead in Alaska and British Columbia since May, Andrew Trites told CTV News.
Although it’s not yet certain what caused the deaths, Trites said he suspects toxic algae blooms caused by climate change.
“I think the most likely explanation for the deaths of these whales is that they were out at a big smorgasbord, a big party, and some of them got food poisoning. They ate too much, and it caused their deaths.”
Earlier this week, we learned that Earth’s coral reefs are in the midst of a massive dieoff, triggered by abnormally hot temperatures in ocean basins worldwide. It’s hardly the first time in recent history that we’ve witnessed a widespread coral bleaching event, and it won’t be the last. In several decades, coral reefs could literally be extinct — a striking casualty of global climate change.
Marine biologists have long thought that blue whales indiscriminately scour the oceans as they feed on krill. A new study shows there’s a lot more to the grazing habits of these massive mammals than just blindly swimming through the water.
As we tediously while away our days down here on Earth, satellites are zooming through space, snapping incredible pictures of Earth, the solar system and outer space. Here are the highlights from September.
The asteroid impact that triggered the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs accelerated one of the planet's largest volcanic eruptions, further compounding the disaster, a new study suggests.
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