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Will the Great Barrier Reef be gone in 35 years?

Will the Great Barrier Reef be gone in 35 years? | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
The iconic natural wonder is facing unprecedented threats. Are there any scientific advances that can help preserve it before it’s too late?

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One of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef contains some 900 islands and 3,000 smaller reefs. However, it is posing unprecedented threats such as climate change, carbon dioxide emissions and cyclones. Plans have been made to try and preserve the natural wonder such as better pest control and high-tech surveillance.

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In a world of 7 billion people how can we protect wildlife?

In a world of 7 billion people how can we protect wildlife? | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
With the planet at a crossroads, September will bring two crucial global conferences on the urgent issue of how best to protect endangered species

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Someone is shooting sea otters in California

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Three male sea otters have been found dead with gunshot wounds in California. Authorities are offering $10,000 in reward for information.

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Study shows tragic drop in African elephants

Study shows tragic drop in African elephants | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
30% of Africa's savannah elephants have been wiped out in just 7 years, according to the Great Elephant Census, and localized extinction is almost certain.

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New Documentary Racing Extinction Explores How Humanity Is Killing the World

New Documentary Racing Extinction Explores How Humanity Is Killing the World | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Louis Psihoyos' new film, Racing Extinction, airing December 2 on Discovery, explores the man-made causes of what biologists call the sixth mass extinction.

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End the cruel and wasteful seal hunt

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Year after year, tens of thousands of seals are killed during Canada's commercial seal hunt. The animals are skinned, and sometimes their flippers are cut off. Then their bodies are tossed away.
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Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth's wilderness in 25 years – study

Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth's wilderness in 25 years – study | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Experts warn there may be no unspoilt places left within a century as report shows an area twice the size of Alaska has been lost since 1993

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Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years. According to an authoritative new study, there may be none left within a century if trends continue, according to an authoritative new study. This is a problem for climate change efforts because the trees store a lot of carbon. 

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To touch or not to touch

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A recent discussion ensued on Google+ recently with a photograph of a dive guide interacting with marine life. He was kissing a Scorpion Fish. It was interesting in so much as it made me reflect on how I've developed since my first tentative steps into diving 15 odd years ago. Shortly after training I dived…

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Antarctica at Risk of Runaway Melting, Scientists Discover

Antarctica at Risk of Runaway Melting, Scientists Discover | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
The world’s greatest reservoir of ice is verging on a breakdown that could push seas to historic heights.

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Endangered sharks sold at China fish market causes anger

Endangered sharks sold at China fish market causes anger | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Photos of endangered hammerhead sharks piled up for sale at a fish market in Sanya, Hainan Province on April 9 went viral on Chinese social media at the weekend. @ http://gbtimes.com/life/endangered-sharks-sold-china-fish-market-causes-anger

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'Environmentally friendly moorings' call to protect seahorses off Dorset - BBC News

'Environmentally friendly moorings' call to protect seahorses off Dorset - BBC News | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Fresh calls are made for "environmentally friendly moorings" to be used off the Dorset coast in a bid to increase seahorse population.

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#Sifnos is a Beautiful Island in the #Cyclades #Greece

#Sifnos is a Beautiful Island in the #Cyclades #Greece | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Long regarded as the most beautiful island amongst the Cyclades, it used to be that Sifnos was a hidden retreat reserved only for native Greeks. Now, the rest of the world has caught on and while the island is still gorgeous, it can be rather frustrating to travel there in the height of summer, particularly in August, unless you book your trip well in advance. For those who are able to find a place to stay and also a car to rent, Sifnos makes for a worthwhile and relaxing escape – you just need to know where to go to avoid the bustle.

 

Like most Greek islands, traditional life on Sifnos seems to move at a much slower pace than what we’re used to. This is the main thing that draws people to the island. There’s a balance here between gorgeous scenery, relaxing beaches, traditional village life, and enviable nightlife that’s on par with some of the larger cities in Greece. Simply being on the island forces you to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life. In the case of Sifnos, this means basking in the hot sun, enjoying crystal-blue waters, and enjoying the tastiest parts of the Greek culture – its food and drink.

If you love to walk or hike, you’ll find good company here. Barren mountains hug some of the coastline, while marble paths wind their way around the villages and landscape throughout the island. All you need to do is pick a path and start your journey – just to see where it will end up. Some of these paths are still used by the locals on the island, and may have even been there for centuries. If you want to take a more organized approach, you could always hire a guide to lead you through some of the best trails, or ask at your hotel for advice.

Don’t let these traditions fool you, though. The people of Sifnos enjoy all the modern conveniences that we do. It’s just that they understand the value in living life at a slower pace. It’s surely much better for your health, and you’ll find that while you’re here, the combination of walking through the ancient terrain, relaxing whenever you can, and eating delicious Greek meals made with only the freshest ingredients, to be an elixir that will lift your spirits long after your trip is finished.

One thing that truly stands out about Sifnos is its historic landscape. Be sure to visit the historic Seven Settlements because each one has its own character. Kastro, for example, is a fortified village that was founded in the Middle Ages. Much of the original wall is still intact. However, it’s actually been inhabited for the past 3000 years, and remnants of this ancient history are constantly being discovered. Don’t forget to stop in on the archaeological museum once you’re finished exploring. It gives a nice history of the island!

Sifnos is more than just another Greek island. It’s extremely unique and once you spend time here, you’ll understand why it’s regarded as the most beautiful island in the Cyclades.

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Ivory smuggling: 9 things you should know | Discover Wildlife

Ivory smuggling: 9 things you should know | Discover Wildlife | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has published a map revealing the locations of 117 ‘large-scale’ (above 500kg) ivory seizures made between 2000 and 2015.

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Earth's oldest ocean crust formed 340 million years ago

Earth's oldest ocean crust formed 340 million years ago | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
During the late Palaeozoic Era, a tear appeared in the supercontinent Gondwana and an ocean filled the hole. Today, a geologist says, part of that ocean floor

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The Southern Ocean is getting less salty. Here’s what that could mean for the rest of the world

The Southern Ocean is getting less salty. Here’s what that could mean for the rest of the world | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Melting sea ice could be 'a driver of changes in the climate system.'

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The ocean surrounding Antarctica has become substantially less salty over the past couple of decades. Antarctic sea ice has been moving farther and farther away from the continental coastline by strengthening winds in recent years, pouring fresh water farther out into the ocean as it melts.  Scientists previously tried to explain the loss in saltiness by changing precipitation patterns and an increasing influx of meltwater from Antarctic glaciers.

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Reef Fish Listen to Find Homes but Can’t Hear Far

Reef Fish Listen to Find Homes but Can’t Hear Far | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
The ocean is actually no "Silent World," as Jacques Cousteau once wrote, although people miss most of the important stuff.

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Exposed: the inhumane shooting of hundreds of seals

Exposed: the inhumane shooting of hundreds of seals | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Hundreds of seals shot around Scotland’s coasts were pregnant, feeding their young or failed to die instantly, according to a new study.

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How do shark teeth bite? Reciprocating saw, glue provide answers

How do shark teeth bite? Reciprocating saw, glue provide answers | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Sharks have a big reputation for their teeth.

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Rising Ocean Temperatures ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge Of Our Generation,’ Report Says

Rising Ocean Temperatures ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge Of Our Generation,’ Report Says | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Rising ocean temperature is the “greatest hidden challenge of our generation," according to the most comprehensive study on ocean warming to date. (From The Weather Channel / by Pam Wright)-- Compiled by 80 scientists in 12 countries for

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Sea levels and temperatures are rising throughout the world and scientists say it is one of the "greatest hidden challenges of our generation". Studies have shown that we have had 14 consecutive months of record-breaking temperatures on land. 2015 was recently “analyzed to have been the warmest year within the 136-year records of extended reconstructed sea surface temperature and the fourth such record-breaking year since 2005.”

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Roman gold finger ring with intaglio of Roman god Mercury among treasures declared in Wales | Culture24

Roman gold finger ring with intaglio of Roman god Mercury among treasures declared in Wales | Culture24 | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
A Roman gold finger ring, a silver post-medieval seal matrix and a small medieval brooch are three of the newly-declared archaeological treasures in Wales. See them here.

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Four Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to Sea Level Rise Now

Four Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to Sea Level Rise Now | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
As global warming continues to rapidly heat up the Eath, the mighty glaciers are rapidly melting, disrupting the natural movement of the water on earth. Researchers say that in 2100, the sea level will rise up to more than six feet, a phenomenon which could flood and submerge major cities in the world.

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History of the Great Library of Alexandria

History of the Great Library of Alexandria | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
The Library of Alexandria is said to have been one of the biggest in the ancient world. Here's an overview of the history of this great library.

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A giant ocean is hidden under the Earth's surface

A giant ocean is hidden under the Earth's surface | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Deep within the Earth's rocky mantle lies oceans' worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called ringwoodite, new research shows.The results of the study will help scientists understand Earth's water cycle, and how plate tectonics moves water between the surface of the planet and interior reservoirs, researchers say.The Earth's mantle is the hot, rocky layer between the planet's core and crust. Scientists have long suspected that the mantle's so-called transition zone, which sits between the upper and lower mantle layers 255 to 410 miles (410 to 660 kilometers) below Earth's surface, could contain water trapped in rare minerals. However, direct evidence for this water has been lacking, until now. To see if the transition zone really is a deep reservoir for water, researchers conducted experiments on water-rich ringwoodite, analyzed seismic waves traveling through the mantle beneath the United States, and studied numerical models. They discovered that downward-flowing mantle material is melting as it crosses the boundary between the transition zone and the lower mantle layer."If we are seeing this melting, then there has to be this water in the transition zone," said Brandon Schmandt, a seismologist at the University of New Mexico and co-author of the new study published today (June 12) in the journal Science. "The transition zone can hold a lot of water, and could potentially have the same amount of H2O [water] as all the world's oceans." (Melting is a way of getting rid of water, which is unstable under conditions in Earth's lower mantle, the researchers said.)Read more: http://www.livescience.com/46292-hidden-ocean-locked-in-earth-mantle.html#ixzz3UIqObCMT

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Find time for your goals with Google Calendar

Find time for your goals with Google Calendar | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Find time for your goals with Google Calendar

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Will Google Goals help you reach your dreams and aspirations?
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Illustrator Offers Shortcut to Classic Literature with Hilariously Brief Summaries

Illustrator Offers Shortcut to Classic Literature with Hilariously Brief Summaries | KNOWING............. | Scoop.it
Cartoonist John Atkinson (of Wrong Hands) took some of the world's most beloved literary classics and offers us all humorous spoilers. For his Abridged Classics and (More) Abridged Classics series, the artist selected a total of 12 books, which includes War and Peace, Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, and Beowulf. Creating a simple drawing of the books, Atkinson includes a brief, comical caption describing the various plots in the simplest way possible.

Atkinson combines literature, art, and comedy in these funny illustrations and, luckily, it seems like we can look forward to seeing more of these works, as the artist revealed on Facebook that there will be another installment. We cannot wait to see what books he tackles next!

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