Environmental Issues, News, Videos, World Problems

The Great Barrier Reef left out of UNESCO “in danger” list, environmental group films turtle-back video to raise awareness of the area’s fragility

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The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 2,000km (1,200 miles) along the coast, is the world’s largest living ecosystem. Environmental groups are pushing to get the reef listed as “in danger” by the UNESCO, so that the Australian government would have to work harder to protect it from various dangers such as pollution, dredging, fishing and so on. The UN says this

Climate, Environmental Issues, News

California’s grasslands suffer from drought, reducing wildflower diversity

Dried Goldback Fern, native to Northern California.
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The team looked at 15-years worth of data on California’s grasslands, and documented declining plant diversity from 2000 to 2014 at both the local community (5 m2) and landscape (27 km2) scales, across multiple functional groups and soil environments. They found a link between wildflower diversity decline to significant decreases in midwinter precipitation.

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Japan still wants to slaughter hundreds of whales “for science”

Japan doesn't stop at nothing and continues to kill whales for alleged scientific research. AAP Image/Supplied by Sea Shepherd Australia, Tim Watters

This Friday, the International Whaling Commission issued a report in which it states Japan has failed to provide any reasonable explanation for its mass killing of over 4,000 whales in the Antarctic for the past 12 years. The country says it’s hunting whales for research purposes, but clearly it’s all a front. A lame excuse. Unimpressed by the report, Japan officials claim there’s a debate and lack of consensus (not really), and even though it “acknowledges” the IWC position it will likely continue as before. In other words, they don’t care.

Animals, Environmental Issues, News

Ocean acidification could destroy shelled animals by 2030

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Ocean acidification, one of the often ignored dangers associated with climate change is becoming increasingly worrying. As our climate becomes hotter and hotter, the oceans become more and more acidic, and this threatens some animals’ ability to create and maintain carbonatic shells.

Environment, Environmental Issues, News

State politics affect greenhouse gas emissions

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It seems rather obvious to me, but there was a lot of debate regarding how a country’s politics affect its emissions – for better or for worse. A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that environmental policies in the US have had a significant impact on emissions from 1990 to present days. Despite growing

Environmental Issues, News

Radio(attr)active: Japan to raise its nuclear power ratio to 20% by 2030

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The island country is preparing to launch a new energy policy, seeking to curb costs and promote the use of environmentally friendly sources of power.

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.

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Bill Nye, Science Guy: climate change will consume us like WWII did our parents

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At his commencement address at Rutgers University, Bill Nye – famous for popularizing science as the Science Guy – said that climate change is the most serious crisis mankind has ever faced, liking the psychological pressure to that experienced by our parents and grandparents during World War II. He then called on the students to rise to the challenge and question those who deny the reality the planet is currently facing out of ignorance or malevolence alike.

Environmental Issues, News

Bee numbers dropping at incredible rates

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Something is killing off the bees; it’s likely us, and we’ll all have to pay the price. In fact, in many areas of the world, we already are.

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

As Arctic ice goes, so do the polar bears. Study finds land food is inadequate to keep them fed

Ringed seals are the polar bear's primary food source--but a beached whale means a feast! © Daniel J. Cox/Natural Exposures

After carefully calculating the net nutritional gain polar bears have from land-based food like caribou, berries or bird eggs, researchers found this is far from enough to compensate their typical fat-rich diet based on marine mammals. In consequence, as ice retreats and spring hunting season shortens polar bear populations are expected to fall dramatically. According to the study, two-third of the world’s polar bears will disappear by mid-century and by the end of the century the could follow, if the issue is not addressed.