Climate, News, World Problems

Even if all emissions stop today, Earth will continue to warm for centuries

Credit: Photo courtesy of Eric Galbraith, McGill University

By now, hopefully, most people understand the huge problems caused by global warming – but most people probably don’t understand just how bad things are. Even if all emissions would somehow magically stop  right now, the Earth would continue to warm for hundreds of years, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers from Princeton….

Animals, News

Scientists receive funding to clone extinct goat

The last bucardo living specimen, Celia, died in 2000. She can now be seen at the reception centre of the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido in Aragon.

The bucardo, a mountain goat perfectly adapted for life in the  extreme cold and snow of winter in the Pyrenees, became extinct in 2000. From the last living specimen, a goat called Celia, researchers managed to harvest living cells and store them in liquid nitrogen. Using these cells, Spanish researchers now plan to de-extinct the species by cloning it. This…

Climate

Iceberg the size of Singapore breaks away from Antarctica

November 13, 2013. Via Earth Observatory.

  An iceberg the size of Singapore has separated from Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier This kind of detachment is not uncommon, but rarely on this magnitude Singapore is an island-city-state, about the size of Budapest or Dubai   Between November 9–11, 2013, a large iceberg finally separated from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Scientists first detected an…

Climate, News, World Problems

Just 90 companies are responsible for 60% of all man made global warming emissions – Exxon, Chevron and BP lead the way

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The climate crisis we are facing right now (which for one reason or another many people choose to ignore) has largely been caused by only 90 companies – which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the industrial revolution, new research suggests. The study was found that almost all these companies worked in oil, gas…

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Ocean acidification could devastate the economy in the future

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As if that would be our biggest concern in the first place, but it’s important to understand, especially for policy makers, that even though dumping CO2 as a byproduct of current energy production methods is a lot cheaper than “cleaner alternatives”, in the long run the balance of economics turn. A new report  released today at the  Third Symposium on…

Animals, Genetics, Health & Medicine, News, Research

Promiscuous female mice breed sexier male offspring. Research may help conservation efforts

This male mouse has left brownish scent marks by depositing pheromone-rich urine on a fence separating his territory from those of other mice. (c) Doug Cornwall, University of Utah

University of Utah researchers found that female mice that live in a competitive social environment and choose to mate casually with multiple partners give birth to males who are much more attractive to female mice, at the cost of a dramatic cut in life expectancy however. You only have one life, says the sexy male mouse. The research is a…

Climate, Environment, News, World Problems

Study confirms IPCC’s 95% certainty on man made climate change

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Global warming is real, it’s affecting us all, and it’s gonna get worse – and we have nobody to blame but ourselves. The IPPC report The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific intergovernmental body with the purpose of providing ‘comprehensive scientific assessments of current scientific, technical and socio-economic information worldwide about the risk of climate change caused…

Animals, Great Pics

Gorilla mother uses makeshift ladder to help her young climb an obstacle [PHOTO]

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While chimpanzees, which are our closest relatives sharing 98% of our genetic blueprint, are notorious for their widespread tool use, the same can’t be said about gorillas. The great apes have only been caught twice by researchers engaged in tool use. One used a stick to explore the depth of a muddy river and another turned a tree trunk to…

Animals, Discoveries, News

Oldest “big cat” fossil discovered is four millions years old

An extraordinarily well preserved Panthera blytheae skull.

Paleontologists have unearthed skull fragments in Tibet belonging to an ancient “big cat” species, which apparently may be the oldest discovered thus far. The fossils have been dated between 4.1 and 5.95 million years old and belong to a previously unknown species “similar to a snow leopard”, according to US and Chinese palaeontologists. “This cat is a sister of living snow…

Environmental Issues, World Problems

Don’t blame Tesco for mass food wastage, get creative and make your weekly shop go further

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Tesco recently hit the news once again in a whirlwind of controversy as it was revealed that the UK supermarket giant wasted 28,000 tonnes of food in the first half of 2013. As most of us would guess, the common wastage culprits were the typical items we’re all guilty of forgetting about, failing to use or allowing to go pass…