Environment

Earth has entered first 'mass extinction' since dinosaurs, study warns

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Huffington Post - The Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction phase, a new study warns, and the time we have to avoid dramatic consequences is rapidly running out.
 

Eastern puma declared extinct, removed from endangered species list

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Center for Biological Diversity - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today declared the eastern puma extinct and removed it from the list of protected wildlife and plants under the Endangered Species Act. The eastern puma was a subspecies of the animal also known as cougar or mountain lion, which is still widely distributed across the West. It once roamed as far north as southeastern Ontario, southern Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada, south to South Carolina and west to Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan. 
 

Patagonia Azul in Chubut becomes Biosphere reserve

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Mercopress - Myanmar had its first biosphere reserve inscribed this year. The additions were made by the Council during a meeting taking place in Paris from 8 to 12 June.
 
The Man and the Biosphere Program is an intergovernmental scientific program set up by UNESCO in the early 1970s with the aim of improving the interaction between people and their natural environment, on a global scale.
 

As Andes warm, deciphering the future for tropical birds

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Yale Environment 360 - Gustavo Londoño squats motionlessly under a rainforest canopy in Peru’s Manú National Park, staring into the dense undergrowth. A dove coos somewhere. An oropendola bird warbles. Birds must be out there amid the tree crooks, upturned roots, and underground cavities. But where?
 

Nepali villagers trapped under threat of glacier floods

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Glacierhub.org, by Pasang Sherpa - One month after the first of two major earthquakes in Nepal, 38 villages, 834 households and 4600 people continue to wait for substantial relief efforts and remain uncertain about the future.
 

Protecting South America's iconic golden dorado fish

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Phys.org - A new study launched this month by University of Massachusetts Amherst fisheries biologist Andy J. Danylchuk, in collaboration with Argentina's Ministry of Environment and regional partners including Juramento Fly Fishing, Tigres del Rio, Fish Simply, and Patagonia Inc., is the first to assess the impact of catch-and-release fishing and other human and environmental pressures on the golden dorado, a fish of high economic and recreational value across South America.
 

Yet another Antarctic ice mass is becoming destabilized, scientists report

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Washington Post - The troubling news continues this week for the Antarctic peninsula region, which juts out from the icy continent.
 
Last week, scientists documented threats to the Larsen C and the remainder of the Larsen B ice shelf (most of which collapsed in 2002).
 

Here's what two scientists think it will take to save the planet

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Business Insider - Edward O Wilson made his name by arguing that two apparently disparate things – human society and the natural world – are governed by the same principles. Sean B Carroll made his name by unifying the study of humans and animals, showing that development in both is driven by the same fundamental molecular and genetic processes. So what happened when these two scientists were brought together? They decided to unify all of biology.
 

Global carbon dioxide levels topped 400 ppm throughout March in unprecedented milestone

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Huffington Post - Average global levels of carbon dioxide stayed above 400 parts per million, or ppm, through all of March 2015 -- the first time that has happened for an entire month since record keeping first began, according to data released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
 

It's open season on Patagonia's voracious, disruptive ... beavers?

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PRI.org - Even furry, seemingly friendly creatures like beavers can become big problems when dropped into an ecosystem with no predators to keep them in balance.
 
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