Environment

Humpback whales are starving, and climate change is to blame

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takepart - Two months ago, a dead humpback whale washed up onto the beaches of Washington state.
 
Although the cause of its death remains a mystery, initial observations found that the whale was overly thin, with little blubber and little of its associated oil, which humpbacks use for fuel and warmth.
 

Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change

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Washington Post - Hundreds of wildfires are continually whipping across this state this summer, leaving in their wake millions of acres of charred trees and blackened earth.
 

The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future

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Washington Post James Hansen has often been out ahead of his scientific colleagues.
 
With his 1988 congressional testimony, the then-NASA scientist is credited with putting the global warming issue on the map by saying that a warming trend had already begun. “It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here,” Hansen famously testified.
 

The perils of being a penguin in the modern age

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DW.com - Punta Tombo is a small, sandswept peninsula about 1,600 kilometres (994 miles) south of Buenos Aires, best known - as its bright blue signs proclaim in English - as "Penguin Paradise."
 

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.
 
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