Posts filtered by tags: Ecology[x]


 

These Crows Evolved Into a New Species, Boned the Old Species Too Much, Now Back Where They Started

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, a glacier advanced upon the Pacific Northwest, its ice forming a natural barrier that fractured crows into two populations. These populations began to diverge into two separate species, which ornithologists decided were distinguishable by small differences in body measurements and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Evolution, Ecology, Pacific Northwest, Ice Age, Crows, Birdmodo


Articles: Herculaneum, Magma Ascent, Early Human Migration, Indian Cheetah

Some interesting articles on a variety of topics that I came across in the past few weeks.1) What Really Happened at Herculaneum?This off course refers to the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvias in 79 A.D.  A new study analyses the way bone and soft tissue react to extreme heat and proposes that the people found dead at Herculaneum did not vaporize but died of asphyxiation.2)  The long wait and rapid rise of deep magma.Magma can reside in deep chambers at the boundary between the crust and mantle...
Tags: Africa, Seo, Wildlife, Ecology, Neanderthals, Herculaneum, Human Migrations, Geochemistry, Suvrat Kher, Geohazards, Volcanism, Neha Sinha, Mount Vesuvias


Pablo Escobar's Horny Hippos Won't Stop Shitting All Over Colombia

When the Colombian National Police killed cocaine kingpin and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar in 1993, they seized his enormous estate, including his sculpture garden, car collection, small airports, and personal zoo. They shipped most of the zoo animals off to other zoos, but they left dude’s four hippos to fend for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Invasive Species, Ecology, Poop, Pablo Escobar, National Police, Hippos, Drug Hippos


15 inspiring nature words you didn't know you needed

In Landmarks, Robert Macfarlane revives hundreds of nearly-forgotten words to remind us of our relationship with nature.New dictionaries are deleting nature words while adding technology terms, which Macfarlane states further separates us from the environment.The words we speak shape the reality we understand, making it essential to aptly describe what is happening on the planet. None A' Ghnùig (Gaelic) The steep slope of the scowling expression.Human nature is part of nature too. Adnasjur (Sh...
Tags: Facebook, Climate Change, Nature, Language, Innovation, Anthropocene, Ecology, Biodiversity, Derek, Albrecht, McKenna, Macfarlane, Robert Macfarlane, Terence McKenna, Glenn Albrecht, Bobbles North Sea Coast Choppy


Instagram’s “Pointless Packaging” Is Both Hilarious And Socially Aware

Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental issues we’re facing as a society, but that’s not stopping major supermarket chains from packaging their products in the most pointless ways. These wasteful attempts range from baffling to downright hilarious, and there’s an entire Instagram page devoted to them. This social media account is titled @pointless_packaging and it attracted over 37... Source
Tags: Design, Plastic, Ecology, Packaging, Aware


Grandmas may be key to species survival, says new study

New research on killer whales suggests that post-menopausal grandmothers play a powerful role in the survival of generations that follow them."The Grandmother Hypothesis," theorizes that by surviving long past menopause, a woman improves the survival and reproduction of her children's children and, thus, her own genes.Not only do grandma whales help raise and share their own food with their grandoffspring, they bequeath decades of foraging wisdom onto the next generation, guiding them to the bes...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Biology, Women, Nature, Innovation, Ecology, Washington State, PNAS, British Columbia Canada


Choosing new 'umbrella' species in Australia could save many others

"Umbrella" species are animals selected for protection because doing so protects other species in the habitat.However, there may be a better, more efficient way of picking umbrella species: ignoring shared habitats and focusing instead on shared threats.Using this new methodology, researchers discovered that seven times as many species could be protected using the same budget. None Across the world, species are going extinct at a rate 1,000-fold higher than what experts consider natural. Aside...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Earth, Nature, Conservation, Innovation, Ecology, Biodiversity, Ward, Michelle Ward


World’s oldest forest found in New York state​

The world's oldest forest fossils were located in an abandoned quarry near Cairo, New York. Research of site specimens suggests that the forebearers to modern plants evolved much earlier than expected. The findings help scientists better understand how trees advanced life's evolutionary trajectory to land during a critical period. None As card-carrying members of the universe's exclusive Terrestrial Existence Club, we don't give the Devonian period near enough credit. Beginning 416 million yea...
Tags: New York, Climate Change, Environment, Trees, Earth, Nature, Innovation, Plants, Ecology, Botany, Cardiff University, Catskills, Cairo, Binghamton University, Stein, Biosphere


Is it possible to have too many trees?

Recent research indicates that dense forests in the Sierra Nevada drain billions of gallons of water from the watershed each year. Unusually dense tree stands degrade the vitality of the land, plants, animals, and even the trees.Experts recommend managing forest restoration through controlled fires and the thinning of small, fire-prone trees. None Many people view trees as an unassailable good. We learned about their ecological importance every Earth Day. In-between after-school cartoons, publ...
Tags: Amazon, Climate Change, California, Environment, Trees, America, Water, Sustainability, Nature, Conservation, Innovation, Ecology, Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Nevada, National Park Service, Bioethics


'It’s Pathetic:' World Fails to Protect One of the Most Eaten Sharks

Disbelief and disappointment are some of the more PG-rated reactions coming from the ocean conservation community on Tuesday in response to a decision not to protect mako sharks. A closely-watched measure to protect IUCN Red List Endangered fish  failed to pass at an international meeting that ended Monday due to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ocean, Fishing, Ecology, Sharks, Iucn, ICCAT, Mako Shark


Scientists Found a Secret Breeding Site of One of the World's Most Endangered Reptiles

News on endangered species is often not good . It comes with the territory. But every now and then there are success stories of species starting to crawl back from the brink. New findings raise cautious hopes for one of the world’s rarest and most critically endangered reptiles.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nepal, Ecology, Crocodile Cheers, Extreme Fieldwork, Gharials


This Uninhabited Island Is Covered in Rubber Bands Because Birds Think They’re Worms

British conservationists have figured out why a protected island near the UK’s southwest coast is littered with thousands of elastic bands.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Birds, Pollution, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Plastic Pollution, Gulls


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


The Winning Photos From The CIWEM Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2019, An International Showcase For The Very Best In Environmental Photography

The CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year showcases the very best in environmental photography. Highlighting the terrible impacts being wrought on our planet by its most dominant species the competition also celebrates humanity’s innate ability to survive and innovate, lending hope to us all that we can overcome challenges to live sustainably. The competition supports the urgent calls to... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Environment, Climate, Change, Pollution, Ecology, Contest, Winners, 2019


How the history of Hawaii may predict the future of the world

The analogy is obvious: Eight principal Hawaiian islands are adrift in a universe of ocean, just as our eight planets (sorry Pluto) are isolated in a universe of space. The first Polynesians, from the Marquesas, arrived perhaps as early as 200 A.D. Back-and-forth migrations from a second wave of Polynesians from Tahiti took place until around 1300 A.D., at which point newcomers stopped arriving and the Hawaiians were alone in their world until the late 1700s. That's when Western Civilization...
Tags: Travel, Cook, Global Warming, Sustainability, West, Hawaii, Ecology, Pluto, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, James Cook, Tahiti, Pacific Islands, Western World


Man Takes First-Ever Photo of Living Colombian Weasel After Finding It Standing on His Toilet

A man rediscovered the rarest South American carnivore after uploading a picture of it climbing on his toilet to a citizen science database.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Colombia, Ecology, Toilets, Citizen Science, Weasels, Inaturalist


Confronted by Drones, Monkeys Warn Comrades of Incoming 'Eagle'

Researchers in Senegal recently flew drones in the vicinity of green monkeys to see how the primates might respond. Incredibly, the monkeys produced an instinctual alarm call consistent with an eagle sighting. Kinda makes sense—except for the fact that green monkeys aren’t threatened by eagles.Read more...
Tags: Science, Senegal, Monkeys, Drones, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Primates, Primate Intelligence, Drones Monkeys Warn Comrades of Incoming Eagle


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


How Are Doves and Sparrows Ending Up Inside Baby Sharks?

Back in 2010, scientists were monitoring a shark population on the Mississippi-Alabama border. They had hauled up a small tiger shark to tag when something strange happened: It puked up feathers. A DNA analysis revealed that the shark had eaten a brown thrasher, a speckled migratory songbird related to the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Ecology, Sharks, Mississippi Alabama, Birdmodo, Food Webs


Plastic bag and other human trash found at the bottom of Earth's deepest ocean trench

During the deepest human sea dive ever, 35,853 feet/10,928 meters down to the bottom of the western Pacific's Mariana Trench in a one-person submarine, underwater adventurer found what may be newly discovered species of marine life along with candy wrappers and a plastic bag. This is the third plastic bag that divers have found in the Mariana Trench, considered the deepest natural trench on Earth. From National Geographic: A study released in October 2018 documented what is still the deep...
Tags: Video, News, China, Environment, Earth, Oceans, Ecology, Pacific, Mariana Trench


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


New study shows human development is destroying the planet at an unprecedented rate

“We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” That’s the word from Sir Robert Watson, the chair of a massive multinational research effort to survey the impact of human development on the natural world. In the most comprehensive effort undertaken to date, some 145 expert authors from 50 countries working with another 310 contributing authors spent the last three years compiling and assessing changes in global biodiversit...
Tags: Food, TC, Usa, Germany, Tech, Earth, Nature, United States, Agriculture, Brazil, Argentina, Ecology, Watson, Chair, Eduardo, Robert Watson


Everything Is Fucked, Major New Extinction Report Finds

There has never been a period like this in the history of humanity. In a sweeping report delivered on Monday, the world’s top scientists warned that up to a million species could go extinct in the next few decades. But crucially, the report also shows the world has a choice about whether to let go of nearly 13 percent…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Nature, Ecology, Biodiversity, IPBES, Big Problems


Climate change may bring acidic oceans full of jellyfish

Since the beginning of the industrial era, humanity has been pumping out unprecedented levels of CO2 into the atmosphere.A significant portion of this CO2 is sucked back into the ocean, where it reacts with water to produce carbonic acid.Most species fair poorly in the newly acidic ocean. Jellyfish, however, seem to resist ocean acidification more than others. None Human beings don't do well when they try to understand things past a certain scale. When you consider the 7.5 billion people on the ...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Earth, Fish, Innovation, Ecology, Biodiversity, Marine Biology, Mediterranean, Northeast US


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


We Have to Do Something About Outdoor Cats

I hate outdoor cats with a burning passion. I set out to write a blog calling for an Isle of Dogs-style roundup of feral cats, a mass adoption drive and cat cull, and outlawing outdoor and community cats. But I’ve realized that things aren’t that simple.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Ecology, Feral Cats, Saturday Riff


Taichung Discovery Pavilion champions biodiversity in new "Half Earth" multimedia art installation

In Taichung, Taiwan, the recently completed Discovery Pavilion at the Taichung World Flower Expo explores what life could be like if humans returned half of the Earth’s habitable surfaces to nature — a concept known as “Half Earth” proposed by the “Father of Biodiversity” Edward Wilson in 2016. Taipei-based Cogitoimage International Co., Ltd designed the pavilion to advocate such preservation with a large-scale exhibition that covers the ecology of the Taichung Dajia River as it flows from high...
Tags: Design, Earth, Taiwan, Architecture, Gallery, Ecology, Taipei, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Recycled Materials, Taichung, Native Plants, Edward Wilson, Taichung Taiwan, Natural Materials, Environmental Stewardship


Atlantic Shipwreck Graveyard May Be Key Habitat for Imperiled Sharks

Photographs taken by citizen scientist scuba divers show that female sand tiger sharks develop an affinity to certain shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina—a finding that could prove useful to conservation efforts. Read more...
Tags: Science, Ecology, North Carolina, Sharks, Shipwrecks, Marine Biology, Shipwreck Sharks Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo, Sand Tiger Sharks, Marine Habitats


What’s the Impact of Galapagos Land Tours vs. Ship Tours?

If you are visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador because you love nature and care about the environment, then one choice you make will support that stance with actions, not just words. Pass up the land-based tour options and book a trip with a responsible ship operator instead. You'll have a better experience and you'll see a lot more too. After taking a dip during the financial crisis a decade ago, Galapagos tourism has come roaring back. Visitor numbers are up 50% per year since then, wh...
Tags: Travel, Environment, New York Times, Ecology, Cruising, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Adventure Travel, Travel Industry, Galapagos, Luxury Cruises, Small Ship Cruises, Ecuador Travel, Conde Nast Traveler, Cancun, Isabela Island


What Would Really Happen if Thanos Erased Half of All Life on Earth?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past year, you’ll know that the end of Avengers: Infinity War was a rather bleak affair. Read more...
Tags: Science, Ecology, Avengers, Extinction, Avengers Endgame