Climate, News

Climate change will melt Everest’s glaciers, study finds

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A new study shows once again that no place on Earth is safe from the effects of climate change. Even in the heights of the Himalaya Mountains, glaciers aren’t safe; there’s a good chance that 99% of the glaciers around the Everest area will melt by 2100.

Environment, News

Norway’s $900 billion fund will stop investing in coal

Image via Resources Roots.

Norway’s Parliament has agreed that their sovereign energy fund should divest from investments in coal in an attempt to mitigate climate change.

Animals, Videos

Watch: The first 21 days of a bee’s life in stunning timelapse

Image via National Geographic.

As part of a recent TED Talk (presented at the bottom of this article) photographer Anand Varma captured the incredible 21 day transformation from bee egg to larvae to pupae to adult, all in a breathtaking one-minute time-lapse video: In order to construct this time-lapse, Varma raised bees in his backyard, in front of a camera. His effort is part

Environmental Issues, News, Science

Global warming has never looked so beautiful: Glowing plankton in Tasmania

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Tasmania’s Derwent River has put on a garb of surreal blue these past few nights as blooms of bioluminescent plankton light up the dark waters. But while photographers scramble to catch breathtaking pictures, scientists point to the more dire implications of the invasion of these tiny organisms so far south.

News, World Problems

UN: fewer hungry people worldwide, but still a long way to go

Source: Borgen Magazine

The number of hungry people worldwide has dropped to 800 million, down from a billion more than a quarter century ago. Progress in Latin America and East Asia accounts for the massive reduction in the number of undernourished people, but the UN warns there are still many challenges that need to be overcome if world hunger is to end by 2030. The report proposes rich countries divert more of their resources to poorer environments, while vulnerable countries need to invest more in social protection schemes, incentives for rural areas and promote peace in conflict ridden countries like those in Africa.  Sub-Saharan Africa still has the highest level of undernourishment in the world – almost one in four people there do not have access to enough food.

Animals, Biology, News

Last ditch effort gives endangered turtles another chance

one of the four surviving Yangtze Turtles.

A female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (quite possibly the last female of her species) has been given another chance to breed. She has been artificially inseminated at the Suzhou Zoo in China, in a last ditch effort to attempt to preserve her species.

Feature Post, Green Living

A soapy affair – The science of homemade soap making

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For most people soap is just a tool used to get rid of the bacteria on your skin, while for others it is a way of expressing their artistic views. But whatever your reasons are, I bet you wondered at least once how it’s made, or if you can make your own. Soap making is one of those science experiments you can

Climate, News

Even more glaciers in Antarctica set to melt in the near future

Image via Slashgear.

Just a few days ago were telling you about a huge, 10,000 year old ice shelf that is set to collapse in less than 10 years and now… the same thing is happening again, a bit more to the south.

News, Renewable Energy

Massive MIT study says solar is the future, but governments need to be supportive

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A massive study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that solar has the most chances to meet our planet’s long term energy demands, while also reducing greenhouse emissions. However, governments should be more supportive of the industry’s development.

Animals, News, Videos

The ugly truth behind the ‘cute’ video of the orangutan and tiger cubs

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Social media was ecstatic – just look at this video of an orangutan bottle-feeding a tiger cub. Tens of millions of people tuned in to watch this “cuteness overload”… but the truth behind this is not cute at all. It’s actually quite saddening. We’ll discuss why, after the video.