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In the Accelerator over the Sea

In our oceans the scale of disasters is measured in millions, billions, and trillions, while solutions amount to single digits: individuals or institutions working to impact a chosen issue with approaches often both brilliant and quixotic. Putting such individuals in close contact with both whales and billionaires is the strange alchemy being attempted by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s Accelerator at Sea. I and a few other reporters were invited to observe said program, a five-day excursion in...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Biotech, Funding, Gadgets, GreenTech, Hardware, Robotics, Science, Startups, TC, Conservation, Ocean Solutions Accelerator, Sustainable Ocean Alliance


In Unprecedented Move, London Police Ban Extinction Rebellion Climate Protests Throughout Entire City

Protests by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion has continued to roil cities around the world, including London. And after shutting down parts of Central London, police banned the group from conducting protests anywhere in the city on Monday evening. The move comes after eight days of protests centered on…Read more...
Tags: Extinction Rebellion, UK, Climate Change, Protests, Environment, Police, Law Enforcement, Conservation, Science


Advisory Board Members Axed by Trump's EPA Are Preparing Their Own Pollution Report

Twenty experts who formerly served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASC)—and who were canned as part of the Donald Trump administration’s plan to stock its panels with industry shills—met this week to continue their work independently, NBC News reported.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Pollution, Conservation, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Act, War On Science


Has Jurassic Park fostered misunderstanding about extinction?

Jurassic Park has fueled public misconceptions about science's abilities to bring extinct species back to life. De-extinction technology can resurrect genetic material from extinct species into their living relatives in a way that can assist conservation efforts. Fostering empathy for other-than-human lives through stories might be the key to addressing the current ecological catastrophe.In 1993, cutting-edge ancient DNA discoveries were yanked into the public spotlight when the blockbuster fil...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Dna, Environment, Genetics, Nature, United States, Pollution, Conservation, United Kingdom, Innovation, United Nations, Anthropocene, Jurassic Park, Biodiversity, International Union For Conservation Of Nature


Report Finds Nearly Two-Third of America's Birds Vulnerable to Extinction From Climate Change

A new report has found that nearly two-thirds of America’s breeding bird species were moderately to highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Birds, Conservation, Ecology, Audubon Society, Birdmodo


Bow Down to Holly, Your Fat Bear Week Champion of 2019

All hail Holly, winner of Fat Bear Week 2019 as well as our hearts.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Alaska, Holly, Fat Bear Week, Bears Bears, All Hail Holly, Holly Your Fat Bear Week Champion


Teams autonomously mapping the depths take home millions in Ocean Discovery Xprize

There’s a whole lot of ocean on this planet, and we don’t have much of an idea what’s at the bottom of most of it. That could change with the craft and techniques created during the Ocean Discovery Xprize, which had teams competing to map the sea floor quickly, precisely, and autonomously. The winner just took home $4 million. A map of the ocean would be valuable in and of itself, of course, but any technology used to do so could be applied in many other ways, and who knows what potential biolog...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Conservation, Xprize, Robotics


Camera Trap Snaps Photo of First Known Albino Giant Panda

Using a motion-activated camera, scientists at Wolong National Nature Reserve in southwest China have snapped a blurry but unprecedented photograph of the world’s first known albino giant panda.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Conservation, Ecology, Zoology, Pandas, Albinos, Albinism, Wolong National Nature Reserve


Humans causing shrinking of nature as larger animals die off

Average size of wild animals predicted to fall by a quarter in 100 years through extinctionsHumanity’s ongoing destruction of wildlife will lead to a shrinking of nature, with the average body size of animals falling by a quarter, a study predicts.The researchers estimate that more than 1,000 larger species of mammals and birds will go extinct in the next century, from rhinos to eagles. They say this could lead to the collapse of ecosystems that humans rely on for food and clean water. Continue ...
Tags: Science, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity


How Can We Stop the Collapse of Nature?

Scientists warned last week that a million species could go extinct, and it’s all our fault. Well, not “our” as in you and I, but “our” as in humanity.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Solutions, Sixth Mass Extinction, Ipbes Report


Raise taxes on firms that harm nature, OECD tells G7 countries

Report calls for change of priorities and culture to avert catastrophic biodiversity lossGovernments need to ramp up investment in nature restoration and raise the tax burden on companies that degrade wildlife, according to recommendations made to the G7 group of rich nations.The proposals are part of a growing debate on how to radically change humanity’s relationship with nature in the wake of a new UN mega-report that showed an alarming decline in the Earth’s life-support systems. Continue rea...
Tags: Business, Science, Environment, Economics, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Global Economy, Un, OECD, Biodiversity, G7


Batwoman, Failed Airlines, and Height Enhancement Scams: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been a busy week for our friends at Facebook: Amid showing a bunch of loser far-right trolls and also Louis Farrakhan the door, kicking off an unhinged Twitter spree by the president, the company announced a confusing pivot towards being a privacy-first platform while also announcing other features designed to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Facebook, Wearables, Twitter, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Air Travel, Medicine, Labor, Environment, Cars, Social Media, Brands


World's Oldest Rainforest Is Being Cooked to Death by Climate Change, Authorities Warn

Australia can’t seem to catch a break. The Great Barrier reef is still limping along after being ravaged by heat waves two to three years ago, while the people of Australia just sweated through their hottest summer on record. Now, authorities are warning that the endless heat has placed a world-class rainforest in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Climate, Conservation, Ecology, Tropical Rainforests, Climate Change Authorities Warn


Amazon's Oil Addiction, Black Holes, and Tiny Ancient Humans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Wow, it’s finally here: The last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres tonight. In a matter of mere minutes, viewers will have the chance to re-experience the magical world of Westeros, spending a final few episodes in the company of fan favorites like Dragon Owner, The Explosion Doer, Grizzled Conscience Man, …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Energy, Facebook, Astronomy, Hbo, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Review, Video Games, Climate Change, Oil, Marvel, Conservation


Singapore Officials Set Horrifying Record, Busting 14-Ton Shipment of Smuggled Pangolin Scales

Authorities in Singapore have seized more than 14 tons of scales of pangolin scales bound for Vietnam in what Paul Thomson of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Pangolin Specialist Group described as the largest single such shipment on record, the New York Times reported on Monday. Thomson…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Singapore, Environment, Conservation, New York Times, Endangered Species, Vietnam, International Union For Conservation Of Nature, Poaching, Trafficking, Paul Thomson, Pangolins, Pangolin Scales, IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group


Misogyny at Microsoft, Farscape, and the New Airpods: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s April 2019—and perhaps the month that will later be known as the dawn of the Age of Fungus. A concerning report in the New York Times this weekend detailed how multiple strains of Candida auris, a drug-resistant species of pathogenic fungus, have quietly spread across the globe. The Centers for Disease Control…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Transportation, Facebook, Science Fiction, Astronomy, Space, Japan, New York, Science, Technology, Movies, Microsoft, Labor, Climate Change, Drugs


Rhino Poacher in South Africa Reportedly Killed By Elephant, Then Eaten By Lions

A man suspected to have entered Kruger National Park in South Africa neat the border with Mozambique on Monday with four compatriots to poach protected rhinos was reportedly killed by an elephant before becoming a meal to a pack of lions, according to a report in the Letaba Herald subsequently confirmed by other…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Elephants, South Africa, Conservation, Endangered Species, Mozambique, Poaching, Rhino, Lions, Kruger National Park, Letaba Herald


Trump's Goons Now Forced to Say They Have No Idea Whether Wind Turbines Cause Cancer

Last night at a Republican fundraiser in DC, Donald Trump claimed that wind turbines cause cancer with the citation, “They say the noise causes cancer.” This may be because the president has a grudge against wind power because he thought it would spoil the view from one of his golf courses in Scotland or it might just…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Scotland, Renewable Energy, Conservation, Fossil Fuels, Wind Power, Wind Energy, Clean Energy, Donald Trump, Wind Farms, Trump, Mind Garbage


This is one of the world's tallest trees; and this is the arborist who climbed it

Scientists have identified what is likely one of the world's tallest trees, a 330.7-foot (100.8 meter) yellow meranti tree in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. They spotted the tree growing in the Malaysian state of Sabah during an aerial laser scan of the forest. The rainforest is protected yet Yellow meranti trees are are highly endangered because they're relentlessly chopped down in other parts of Borneo for construction use. To accurately measure the tree, arborist Unding Jami of the ...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Trees, Nature, Conservation, Sabah, Borneo, Rainforests, Arborists, Unding Jami, South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, Mary Gagen Nat Geo


This is the world's tallest tree; and this is the arborist who climbed it

Scientists have identified what is likely the world's tallest tree, a 330.7-foot (100.8 meter) yellow meranti tree in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. They spotted the tree growing in the Malaysian state of Sabah during an aerial laser scan of the forest. The rainforest is protected yet Yellow meranti trees are are highly endangered because they're relentlessly chopped down in other parts of Borneo for construction use. To accurately measure the tree, arborist Unding Jami of the South Ea...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Trees, Nature, Conservation, Sabah, Borneo, Rainforests, Arborists, Unding Jami, South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, Mary Gagen Nat Geo


Judge Rules Trump Plans to Open Up Swathes of Arctic, Atlantic Oceans for Drilling Illegal

In a major blow to the Donald Trump administration’s oil and gas policy, on Friday a federal judge ruled the president’s order opening massive swathes of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas drilling operations illegal, the Washington Post reported.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, Washington Post, Environment, Oil, Climate, Gas, Atlantic, Wildlife, Conservation, Drilling, Arctic, Courts, Donald Trump, Arctic Ocean


Deadly skin-eating fungal disease wipes out 90 amphibian species in 50 years

Study reveals extent of chytrid fungus and how devastating it has been for frog, toad and salamander species worldwideA deadly disease that wiped out global populations of amphibians led to the decline of 500 species in the past 50 years, including 90 extinctions, scientists say.A global research effort, led by the Australian National University, has for the first time quantified the worldwide impact of chytridiomycosis, or chytrid fungus, a fungal disease that eats away at the skin of amphibian...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Amphibians, Australian National University


Cull invasive mammals to save island species, experts urge

Move ‘would save 10% of all endangered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles’Nearly 10% of the world’s bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile species currently on the brink of extinction could be saved by killing invasive mammals such as cats and rats on 169 islands, according to a new study.Islands comprise just 5.3% of the Earth’s landmass yet have experienced 75% of known bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions since 1500. More than a third of species currently classified as “criticall...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Extinct wildlife


Analysis of Wikipedia searches reveals high wildlife conservation trends

A recent study analyzed billions of Wikipedia searches and found that the public’s interest in plants and animal species is often linked to the seasonality and migration patterns of wildlife. The findings contribute to a body of research that uses internet search data to understand and gauge the public’s interest in environmental topics. Researchers believe this information can ultimately help guide more effective wildlife conservation campaigns. The study: Wikipedia searches and species The...
Tags: Google, Science, Design, London, Internet, Wikipedia, Architecture, Wildlife, Conservation, Ikea, University of Oxford, Baltimore Orioles, Wildlife Conservation, PLOS Biology, India Nepal, Mittermeier


Exploding Whales, Poisoned Porpoises: The Gruesome World of Cetacean Autopsies

A dolphin post-mortem may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Many people have a soft spot for the highly intelligent cetaceans, so watching a recently deceased one get comprehensively dissected by tools including a pair of rudimentary garden shears can be tough. Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Ecology, Behavior, Whales, Marine Biology, Whale Strandings, Csip


Chimpanzee Traditions Are Being Lost Along With Their Habitats

We know chimpanzees as intelligent, emotional creatures that make and use tools, grieve for their dead, and pass down traditions between generations. But less well-known is that different communities of chimps have unique cultures—and that behavioral diversity that is shrinking, according to a new, 10-year study of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Conservation, Chimpanzees, Habitats


Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers

It’s obviously important to Australians to make sure their koala population is closely tracked — but how can you do so when the suckers live in forests and climb trees all the time? With drones and AI, of course. A new project from Queensland University of Technology combines some well-known techniques in a new way to help keep an eye on wild populations of the famous and soft marsupials. They used a drone equipped with a heat-sensing camera, then ran the footage through a deep learning model tr...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Conservation, Queensland, Machine Learning, Uavs, Endangered Species, Koalas, Computer Vision, Koala


Kew’s tree library leads hi-tech war on illegal logging

New techniques will help customs officers identify and seize wood that came from endangered speciesThe wooden blinds that lie crumpled in Peter Gasson’s laboratory in Kew Gardens are chipped and forlorn-looking. Their manufacturers had claimed they were made of pine but customs officers were wary. And their suspicions were well-founded. Gasson, Kew’s research leader on wood and timber, found the blinds were not made of pine but ramin.“All ramin trees, which grow in south-east Asia, are endangere...
Tags: Asia, Science, Environment, UK News, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Kew Gardens, Kew, Gasson, Logging and land-clearing, Peter Gasson, Gasson Kew


Report: Grand Jury Hearing Evidence That Ryan Zinke Lied to Federal Investigators

Former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke—who used to be one of the nation’s top environmental officials until he resigned last year amid a slew of ethics scandals and investigations—has apparently failed to leave his troubles behind with his backwards ranger hat.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Casinos, Environment, Conservation, Native Americans, Department Of Justice, Interior Department, Doj, Interior, Ryan Zinke, Trump Administration


World’s largest bee, thought to be extinct, found in Indonesia

The giant bee was first discovered in 1859, but since has only officially sighted once.An international team of researchers set out to rediscover the bee in January. Determining exactly when a species is extinct is difficult, especially for small animals like insects. None In 1859, while exploring the remote island of Bacan in the North Moluccas, Indonesia, the renowned naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace made an astounding discovery: the Megachile pluto — the world's largest bee. Wallace described...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Ebay, Animals, Environment, Bbc, Conservation, Innovation, American Museum of Natural History, Bolt, Wallace, National Audubon Society, Alfred Russel Wallace, Audubon, Robin Moore, Global Wildlife Conservation



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