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Posted by on in Air Quality
Unregulated trash burning around the globe is pumping far more pollution into the atmosphere than shown by official records. A new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimates that more than 40 percent of the world’s garbage is burned in such fires, emitting gases and particle...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Climate change poses a growing health threat, the UN warned on Wednesday, saying extreme weather and rising temperatures could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and spread disease.   "Climate change is no longer only an environmental issue," said Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, head of the clima...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.   Warnings about massive...
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Posted by on in General Environment
A new analysis suggests the planet can produce much more land-plant biomass – the total material in leaves, stems, roots, fruits, grains and other terrestrial plant parts – than previously thought.   The study, reported in Environmental Science and Technology, recalculates thetheoretical...
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Posted by on in Human Health
Trees cool the environment by shading houses, roads, and sidewalks that absorb heat. If you have ever walked barefoot on pavement in warm weather, you know that pavement is hot and that you scurry from one patch of shade to another. All the heat absorbed by pavement that does not radiate into the so...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have now discovered that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Arusha, Tanzania: A recent aerial report has revealed a worrying number of elephant carcasses in the world famous Mara-Serengeti ecosystem in east Africa. A total of 192 elephant carcasses were counted, of which 117 were in Kenya and 75 in Tanzania. More shocking is that of all the carcass...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change.   The heat wave caused the loss of more than 90 percent of the dominant seagrass in some regions of Shark Bay, Australia. Since seagrass meadow...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
Today, August 25, 2014, is the National Park Service's 98th birthday. The National Park Service was established in 1916 with the responsibility of protecting and managing all existing parks (only 35 at the time) as well as any future parks and monuments set aside by Congress. After 9...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Until about five years ago, conservationists considered the African elephant a success story. New trade laws that helped reduce the once-booming international demand for ivory, awareness campaigns, and better monitoring and protection for elephants had changed the dynamics on the ground. In the 1970...
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Posted by on in Arts and Entertainment
Discovery Channel's 27th annual "Shark Week," which ran from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, reeled in 42 million viewers, according to the network. Though this year's programming was third best to date, behind 62.1 million viewers 2010 and 51 million viewers in 2013, it set ratings records among women an...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
The assault on South Africa’s rhinos has become so catastrophic that a large-scale emergency program is underway to evacuate a minimum of 500 of the endangered animals to safe havens. The move forms part of what the authorities call an “integrated strategy” to head off poachers that are slaying the ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
It’s that time of the year again; nesting season is officially in full swing throughout the state of Florida! About 90% of all sea turtle nesting in the United States takes place on Florida’s beaches, which means it is critical that residents and visitors alike do their part to ensure that...
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Posted by on in Green Design
A state-of-the-art clean solar energy system is helping Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) protect endangered sea turtles at its new research station on Soropta Beach, Panama. Designed and installed by FTL Global Solutions (FTL), an innovator of lightweight, rugged energy systems ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) kicked off its seventh annual Tour de Turtles (TdT) with a live sea turtle release on July 27 at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, Florida. Loggerhead Melba was released in Fl...
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Posted by on in Animals
Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) began its 2014 Tour de Turtles (TdT) with a live sea turtle release on July 27th at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The marathon is a fun and ...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
About 60 percent of California is experiencing "exceptional drought," the U.S. Drought Monitor's most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California's last two winters have been among the driest since records began in 1879. Wit...
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Posted by on in Human Health
Humanity has exhausted its annual ecological budget in less than eight months, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank and WWF partner. For the rest of 2014, we are “in the red” – effectively overdrawn on the balance sheet of nature’s goods an...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
Ramona Yesenia stood in her town square with two empty jugs, waiting for water to replace the municipal supply contaminated by a chemical spill that turned Mexico's Sonora river orange.   Yesenia is one of 20,000 people left without water since a massive sulfuric acid leak...
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Posted by on in Forestry
An international team of conservationist scientists and practitioners has published new research showing the precarious state of the world's primary forests.   The global analysis and map are featured in a paper appearing in the esteemed journal Conservation Letters and reveals that...
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