Animals

Climate change is disrupting the birds and the bees

Over the last two decades, scientists have found that warmer temperatures are quietly spoiling the mood, making it harder for plants and animals to reproduce.

Source: BBC

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Tiny ‘meat-loving’ marine creatures ‘eat’ teenager’s legs at Melbourne beach

A Melbourne teenager says his legs were covered in blood after they were eaten by tiny marine creatures at a Victorian beach.
Source: The Guardian

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Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

Source: Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

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Ninth right whale carcass found in Canada gulf

Each death is a conservation concern given that only around 525 of the species are believed to still exist worldwide.
Source: Ninth right whale carcass found in Canada gulf

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These haunting animal photos aim to make you reconsider a visit to the zoo

They’re taken from the perspective of the public, and, McArthur said, aim to show the animals as “individuals,” as opposed to representatives of their species.

Source: These haunting animal photos aim to make you reconsider a visit to the zoo

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House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository – photo essay

Resources to catch smugglers are also stretched at American ports and airports. And the situation could deteriorate further – the Trump administration has requested that the FWS budget be cut next year, resulting in more than 300 staff losing their jobs.
Source: House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository – photo essay

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Oil-exposed fish make dangerous decisions, study finds

Small amounts of oil can cause coral reef fish to engage in risky behaviours, according to a new study.

Source: Oil-exposed fish make dangerous decisions, study finds

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Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species Act

As Earth stares down the barrel of a sixth mass extinction event, conservative lawmakers in Washington have taken aim not at climate change or habitat loss, but at one of the most important laws meant to protect imperiled species and combat the biodiversity crisis: the Endangered Species Act.

Source: Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species […]

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Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.
 
Source: Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

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The race to save Florida’s devastated coral reef from global warming

PICKLES REEF, Fla. — Twenty feet under water, Nature Conservancy biologist Jennifer Stein swims over to several large corals and pulls several laminated cards from her dive belt.
“Disease,” reads one, as she gestures to a coral that exhibits white splotches. “Recent mortality,” reads another card. Along the miles of coral reef off the Florida Keys, […]

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Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast

Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal
Source: Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast

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First Step Toward Atlantic Drilling Could Decimate Key Species In Ocean Food Chain

One of the first steps toward offshore drilling development in the Atlantic Ocean could decimate a key species in the marine food chain, a new study finds.
Seismic surveying, the process of blasting airguns underwater to locate oil and gas deposits, could have devastating effects on zooplankton, a food source relied upon by many marine animals, […]

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2 Elephants Team Up To Rescue Calf After It Plunges Into Pool

It was an all-trunks-on-deck situation when a baby elephant fell into a pool while taking a drink at a South Korean zoo.
The moment the 11-month-old calf plunged head first into a watering hole at the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, its mother and another elephant came running to help.

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“Lost Springs” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

“Lost Springs” Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 6:00pm and FREE!
Matheson Museum 513 E University Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601

Matt Keene’s new documentary, “Lost Springs,” chronicles the Ocklawaha River’s hidden springs that return to life every three to five years when there is a drawdown at Rodman Reservoir, which–along with the George Kirkpatrick […]

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Trump Administration Scraps New Protection For Endangered Whales, Sea Turtles

It hasn’t been a good week for America’s endangered species. The Trump administration has been taking aim at protections for some of the country’s most vulnerable creatures: Last week, it was the imperiled sage grouse; this week, it’s endangered whales and sea turtles off the Pacific Coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries division […]

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‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding

US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has offered $15 million to UN efforts to tackle climate change after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Source: ‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding

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Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris

It wasn’t because of the climate, or to help American business. He needed to troll the world—and this was his best shot so far.
Source: Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris

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Hundreds Of Dead Seabirds, Sea Lions Wash Up In Southern California

Something disturbing has been washing up on Southern California beaches in recent weeks: dead and dying seabirds and marine mammals, numbering in the dozens.
California resident Kyle Cory said this week he’s been seeing “between six and 10 or 12” sick or dead sea birds every time he walks along the beaches of Ventura Country. He’s […]

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Finding My Florida

It’s a much-mocked place — but also many states in one. All of them can be fascinating and, yes, sometimes weird.
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