Environment

Overfishing and climate change, combined, intensify ocean threats

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Worldwatch Institute - The combination of overfishing and climate change may be putting the oceans' health---   and our own wellbeing---   at risk. As State of the World 2015 contributing author Katie Auth explains, protecting lives and livelihoods will require urgent and concerted action to improve the oceans' condition (www.worldwatch.org).
 

Salmon farm proposal for Tortel withdrawn

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The Fish Site - The Chilean Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Raúl Súnico, has withdrawn the proposal to establish five salmon farm concessions in Tortel, in Chilean Patagonia.
 

Humans have already used up 2015's supply of Earth's resources – analysis

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Guardian - Humans have exhausted a year’s supply of natural resources in less than eight months, according to an analysis of the demands the world’s population are placing on the planet.
 

World’s glaciers melting at record rate

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EcoWatch - The world’s glaciers are melting fast—probably faster than at any time in recorded history, according to new research.
 
Measurements show several hundred glaciers are losing between half and one meter of thickness every year—at least twice the average loss for the 20th century—and remote monitoring shows this rate of melting is far more widespread.
 

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. 
 
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