Environment

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching has started early, biologist says

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Guardian.com - Warm water has already begun bleaching coral on the Great Barrier Reef, weeks ahead of the period with highest forecast risk. Satellite data suggest widespread bleaching is possible by March.
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EU declares war on plastic waste

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Guardian - The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.
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Hollywood pumas to roam in wildlife habitat after land purchase

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CBSNews.com - High in the Hollywood Hills, conservationist Tony Tucci was curious about the wildlife still thriving in the urban jungle of Los Angeles. For months, his camera captured all kinds of animals roaming the ridge. 
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New maps show shrinking wilderness being ignored at our peril

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The University of Queensland - Maps of the world’s most important wilderness areas are now freely available online following a University of Queensland-led study published today.
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Tompkins Conservation donates an additional 103,000 acres to Iberá National Park

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Tompkins Conservation - On November 10, 2017, the future Iberá National Park in San Nicolás, Argentina, gained over 103,000 additional acres of land as part of a new, historic donation from Tompkins Conservation. On Friday, November 10, at 11 a.m., Kristine McDivitt Tompkins made this milestone transfer of land, the second major donation from Tompkins Conservation to expand Iberá National Park.  These donations to Iberá National Park, along with the adjacent Iberá Provincial Park, will form the largest parklands in Argentina. The donation act was carried out within the future national park with representatives of the National and Provincial governments.
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Energy companies relinquish water rights to two Patagonian rivers

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International Rivers - In a fitting end to an extended struggle, energy companies Endesa and Colbún have agreed to return water rights to the Baker and Pascua rivers to the Chilean government, reports Chilean paper La Tercera.
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More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

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BBC - All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say.
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Record number of whales counted in Argentina's Patagonia

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Associated Press - Conservation groups say a record number of Southern right whales were counted this year in Argentina's Patagonia region.
 
Thousands of tourists have enjoyed watching the whales and their calves this season swimming near the shoreline of El Doradillo area.
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Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000

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Guardian - A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation – not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation – has been wrought on the population.
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Pumas are not such loners after all

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NPR.org - Supposedly solitary pumas actually hang out with their fellow big cats quite often, frequently coming together and hissing and snarling before settling down to share a delicious elk carcass.
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