Animals, Climate, News

New study shows why Koalas hug trees

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A new study conducted by Dr Michael Kearney from the University of Melbourne explains that koalas actually hug trees to regulate their body temperature. This cute behaviour isn’t just a stage act, it’s quite important for koalas. In this study published in the  Royal Society journal Biology Letters showed that when it gets really hot, the animals go to the lower, cooler

Animals, Environmental Issues

With the football (soccer) World Cup, extra protection for the armadillo?

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With the football (soccer) World Cup in sight, many are worried about the negative environmental impact the competition will have, in a country already torn apart by poverty. But some are trying to look at this as an opportunity to help preserve biodiversity, especially the armadillo, the endemic species which inspired this year’s World Cup mascot. Big words, small actions

Climate

Scientists show for the first time that climate change will cause more intense summer storms in Britain

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The British summer has always been a subject of fascination and annoyance, for its fickle, rainy nature. But a new study using supercomputers has shown that climate change will cause even more intense storms and rainfall, with flash flooding becoming a common occurrence. The study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows the first evidence that summer downpours in the UK

Climate, World Problems

The House Science Committee Declares The IPCC Report Is Not Science

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When I read this, I initially thought it was a joke – but sadly, that’s not the case. While the IPCC and virtually the entire scientific community is worried about climate change, warning about droughts and heat waves which will cause famine and water shortages, the GOP held a meeting where they decided that the IPCC is, in fact, a global conspiracy

Animals, Environmental Issues

We are killing species at 1000 times the natural rate

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Extinction and emergence of species are natural phenomena – but the rate at which extinction is happening now is anything but natural. A new study has shown that humans are causing species to become extinct 1000 times faster than they naturally would. Killing the world, one species at a time The new estimate of the global rate of extinction comes

Climate, Environmental Issues, News

Canada Wages War on Science: Weather Forecasters Forbidden from Discussing Climate Change

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I like it when people talk about climate change. I even like it when they speak against climate change – as long as they bring arguments and act rationally. People shouldn’t be forbidden from talking about these kind of things, one way or another – everybody should be encouraged to look at the scientific facts, and emit opinions based on

Climate, Geology, Science, World Problems

Losing ground in Greenland – New model shows faster glacial melting

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News about glacial melting in Antarctica has been uniformly grim; the loss is likely unstoppable. News about melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet has been no better; Scientists had earlier believed that the losses in Greenland would eventually slow or stop, owing to the solid bedrock of the continent. Now, that view may also melt away by results of a

Climate, Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Antarctic Ice Collapse Could Devastate Global Food Supply

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We’ve already written about the damage done to the Antarctic ice sheet, and how sadly, its collapse seems irreversible. A new study has analyzed some of the consequences of that collapse – it could devastate global food supply, drowning vast areas of crop lands across the Middle East and Asia. The report urges the Obama administration (and other administrations as well,

Animals, News

Scientists find snake no one believed existed

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A small island, unique wildlife 1100 km off the coast of Mexico, there lies a small chunk of rock called the Clarion Island. Formerly called Santa Rosa, the island has an area of under 20 square km; no one lives there, and aside for a few Mexical sailors which come and go every couple of weeks and biology researchers and

Climate, Videos

Neil deGrasse Tyson destroys climate deniers with new episode of Cosmos

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For 11 episodes now, the groundbreaking Fox and National Geographic Channel series Cosmos has taken a deep look at some of science’s most thorny aspects – from creationism and evolution, to industry funded science denial, giving science teachers something new and cool to show in class on Monday mornings. This coming Sunday will be the most staggereing episode of all –