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Dolphin language study - Recherche Google. Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up. This Frog Oozes Mucus That Causes Flu Virus Particles to Explode. The Language of Dolphins Could Be Translated by 2021. Climate Change Could Cause Conditions That Literally Dissolve Sea Creatures. Tasmania's gorgeous, glowing water is a sign of something sinister. Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why. The world is ending and only the whales know.

Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why

At least, that’s one explanation. Humpback whales are normally pretty solitary—scientists used to call groups of 10 to 20 “large.”

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'Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench. Northern hemisphere sees in early spring due to global warming. Spring is arriving ever earlier in the northern hemisphere.

Northern hemisphere sees in early spring due to global warming

One sedge species in Greenland is springing to growth 26 days earlier than it did a decade ago. Australia's carp herpes plan dubbed 'serious risk to global food security' Scientists in Britain have raised concerns about Australia’s $15m plan to release a herpes virus in the nation’s largest river system to eradicate carp, saying it poses a serious risk to global food security, could cause “catastrophic ecosystem crashes” in Australia, and is unlikely to control carp numbers long term.

Australia's carp herpes plan dubbed 'serious risk to global food security'

In a letter published in the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal this week, University of East Anglia researchers Dr Jackie Lighten and Prof Cock van Oosterhout say the “irreversible high-risk proposal” could have “serious ecological, environmental, and economic ramifications.” Air pollution leads to more drug resistant bacteria, study finds. Black carbon found in air pollution can increase the resistance of bacteria that cause respiratory disease, research has found.

Air pollution leads to more drug resistant bacteria, study finds

The discover could lead to a greater understanding of the effects of air pollution on human health, according to the lead scientist of the University of Leicester study. These Little Holes Could Play a Big Part in Climate Change. Scientists Warn That Many Snail Species Are Nearing Extinction. In Brief.

Scientists Warn That Many Snail Species Are Nearing Extinction

The Newest Anti-Poaching Technology? Robotic Rhinos. Poachers Beware With all the environmental problems posed by global phenomena like climate change, it’s easy to forget that other, more directly man-made threats endanger animals.

The Newest Anti-Poaching Technology? Robotic Rhinos

Futurism. Conservationists Plan to Use 3D Printed Turtle Eggs to Catch Poachers. In Brief Conservation group Paso Pacífico created 3D printed eggs with GPS trackers to help law enforcement crack down on poaching operation in North and Central America.

Conservationists Plan to Use 3D Printed Turtle Eggs to Catch Poachers

Turtle Egg Business A conservation group is hoping to catch poachers using 3D printed sea turtle eggs containing GPS trackers. The 3D eggs were created by Paso Pacífico to help law enforcement officials and activists crack down on the big players involved in poaching. Sea turtle eggs are considered a delicacy and aphrodisiac in various cultures. The 3D printed eggs could easily pass for any of the millions of real eggs laid and buried every year by endangered sea turtles on the beaches along the North and Central American coasts. Reviving Sea Turtle Population. City lights are illuminating our oceans. And keeping predators awake. Light pollution is changing the day-night cycle of some fish, dramatically affecting their feeding behaviour, according to our recently published study.

City lights are illuminating our oceans. And keeping predators awake

In one of the first studies of its kind, we found that increased light levels in marine habitats, associated with large coastal cities, can significantly change predator-prey dynamics. Southeast Asia's ecosystem is in serious trouble. Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world’s 25 “biodiversity hotspots” – the areas of the world that contain an exceptional concentration of species, and are exceptionally endangered.

Southeast Asia's ecosystem is in serious trouble

The region contains 20% of the planet’s vertebrate and plant species and the world’s third-largest tropical forest. In addition to this existing biodiversity, the region has an extraordinary rate of species discovery, with more than 2,216 new species described between 1997 and 2014 alone. Global comparisons are difficult but it seems the Mekong region has a higher rate of species discovery than other parts of the tropics, with hundreds of new species described annually. Habitat loss. Making climate disclosure the new norm in business. What do you imagine when you hear the phrase “business taking climate action”?

Making climate disclosure the new norm in business

In most cases, it is likely that you will still be picturing a company looking for a PR opportunity or one isolated visionary leader who can’t get traction outside their own company. If this is the case, keep an eye out for these words this year, because businesses across the globe are about to make “climate disclosure” and “climate risk” this year’s buzzwords. Last month, the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and the former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg made headlines with the launch of a report that will put in the spotlight the way global financial markets deal with climate change.

The report is the result of one year of work by the Task Force on climate-related financial disclosures, a business and investors-led initiative, launched at the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, and convened by the Financial Stability Board. The birds of suburbia are getting 'divorced' Urban sprawl is kicking a group of songbirds called “avoiders” out of their territory, forcing divorce, and stunting their ability to find new mates and reproduce successfully, even after relocating. “The hidden cost of suburban development for these birds is that we force them to do things that natural selection wouldn’t have them do otherwise,” says lead author John Marzluff, a professor of wildlife science in the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Primates are closer to extinction than ever, says new study. Primates are remarkable. We’re all familiar with chimpanzees, monkeys, and ring-tailed lemurs, but have you heard of tarsiers, with their big eyes? This device could be the answer to providing clean water. A new way to make nasty or salty water drinkable features carbon-dipped paper. It could be a cheap and efficient option for addressing global drinking water shortages, particularly in developing areas and regions affected by natural disasters. “Using extremely low-cost materials, we have been able to create a system that makes near maximum use of the solar energy during evaporation.

The sun's activity is changing, and the Northern Lights will change as well. Here's why. How to turn the inside of plants into electric circuits to make electricity. Plants power life on Earth. They are the original food source supplying energy to almost all living organisms and the basis of the fossil fuels that feed the power demands of the modern world.

These major cities are starting to go car-free. Calle de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain.Wikipedia Commons In late 2016, Madrid's Mayor Manuela Carmena reiterated her plan to kick personal cars out of the city center. This diamond battery is made from nuclear waste. Nuclear Diamonds.

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