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Earth Overshoot Day - By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.
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The Sixth Extinction -
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World leaders react after Trump rejects Paris climate deal | Environment | The Guardian - Joint statement by France, Germany and Italy says deal cannot be renegotiated, while other countries reaffirm commitment to carbon reduction
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MEET THE 1,000 SPIDER SPECIES LIVING IN CAVES. SOME FEED ON FISH AND FROGS - It takes a certain nerve to write about cave spiders. They can’t speak, after all; they cannot correct you if you make a mistake. There is something solemn about them. You don’t want to let them down.
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Caught on film for the first time: One of the world’s rarest whales - The first underwater images of True's beaked whales show a cohesive group of three adult or subadult whales swimming together. The species is considered one of the most elusive in the ocean.
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Discovered: 200-plus Arctic lakes which bubble like jacuzzis from seeping methane gas - Space pictures show the blue-tinted lakes formed in depressions caused by thawing permafrost on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas.
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Kambalny volcano erupts for first time since reign of Catherine the Great - An 8 km high plume was recorded from the southernmost major stratovolcano on the Kamchatka peninsula.
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African elephants are being born without tusks due to poaching, researchers say | The Independent - The species could become extinct in some areas, with those elephants that do survive evolving to be almost completely tuskless
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A $900 Billion Oil Treasure Lies Beneath West Texas Desert - Bloomberg - In a troubled oil world, the Permian Basin is the gift that keeps on giving.One portion of the giant field, known as the Wolfcamp formation, was found to hold 20 billion barrels of oil trapped in four layers of shale beneath the desert in West Texas, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a report on Tuesday. That’s almost three times larger than North Dakota’s Bakken play and the single largest U.S. unconventional crude accumulation ever assessed. At current prices, that oil is worth almost $900 billion.

YAY fuck global warming, fuck nature, plenty of oil and gas to pollute for years to come. Aprčs nous, le dčluge
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Ominous Storms Photographed in Black and White by Mitch Dobrowner | Colossal - Photographer Mitch Dobrowner travels the U.S. and sets up his camera in front of apocalyptic storms that rise above rural fields in Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Dakota. Inspired by photographers like Minor White and Ansel Adams, he captures breathtaking landscapes that remind us of nature’s raw power by juxtaposing the endless flat plains of the southern and midwest states with dramatic weather formations. Lightning strikes and tornadoes feature heavily in Dobrowner’s black and white images that at times look like moments right out of the first few minutes of the Wizard of Oz.
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Roads washed away as Russian Far East hit by torrential rain - These pictures show the toll from heavy rainfall from two storms in one week. Winds gusted up to 25 metres per second, uprooting trees, bringing down billboards and close Magadan sea port.Roads were washed away in the deluge, leaving people stranded in some localities.
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Arctic's climate on a cliff-edge - Shoreline on remote island retreats by 74 metres in seven years due to increased wave power of unfrozen sea, and thawing permafrost.
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BBC - Travel - A cave of secrets beneath the desert - A towering stone pillar emerged in my headlamp like a petrified cake dripping icing. Above it, another speleothem tapered downward, a swollen drop of water glinting at its tip.
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42 dead, 74 missing after severe floods hit northern China: Shanghaiist - Heavy rainstorms pounded northern China earlier this week, causing serious flooding that has left at least 42 dead and 74 missing.This is on top of all the devastating flooding that occurred earlier this summer in southern China, killing over 160 people. Taken all together, flooding has left 576 people either dead of missing in China in just the first half of this year, according to China's Civil Affairs Ministry.
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LOOK: Insane flooding submerges cities across northern China: Shanghaiist - No, the rain has not gone away. After torrential rains pounded much of southern China over the last month or so, resulting in severe flooding that left over 160 people dead, it appears that it is now the north's turn.
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Deluge hits Siberia's largest city, causing 'waterfall' near city's railway station - Tornado - first since 1954 - signals freak downpour, opening craters in roads which swallow up cars.
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A dangerous 'heat dome' could cover most of the US as it braces itself for massive heatwave | Daily Mail Online - The US will brace itself for the coast-to-coast heatwave that is predicted to form a 'heat dome' over most of the country, creating dangerous and deadly conditions as temperatures soar past 90 in some areas. Forecasters have warned that some of the hottest temperatures of the season may hit the US this week. High humidity is expected along with the heat, particularly in the Midwest, and according to CNN, the moisture combined with the high temperatures will create a 'heat dome' over most of the country.
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Record heat and abnormal flooding as Siberia gets freak weather - Some regions parched, others underwater in latest meteorological surprises.
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Magical Humpback Whale shoots rainbow - YouTube - A Humpback Whale producing a nice rainbow off the coast of Newport Beach. Royce Hutain was the captain of his boat while I flew my aerial camera and Jason Anderson had a second aerial camera. This was filmed on 7/5/15.
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Weather turns tropical across Siberia as abnormal summer heat roasts six regions - The abnormally hot weather has seen temperatures some 8C above average across a vast swathe of southern Siberia. On 12 June - Russia Day - new records were set in Novosibirsk (30.4C) and Tomsk (31.5C), and in Tuva Republic (31.7C).
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Watch what would happen to China if all the ice melted - If all the Earth’s land ice melted, sea levels would rise over 200 feet. So what would that mean for Asia’s coastlines?
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Woolly Wolf Spotted in Nepal Is Likely a New Species - By analyzing the animal's poop, scientists provide more evidence it's not a subspecies of the gray wolf.
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Photographer Captures Two Male Lions 'Mating' In Botswana - “It is the first time I have seen homosexual behavior in lions but when reading about it upon my return, it is not that uncommon.”
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Why We Know Whether a Swallow Is Frightened in a Storm [Excerpt] - Scientific American - We currently know little more than one percent of the way animals live in the wild. That is to say, little more than nothing at all.
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These Beautiful Creatures Spend Their Entire Lives in Darkness - From blind salamanders to glowing squid, a new book explores the incredible biodiversity found in places where the sun doesn’t shine.
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This Snake Pretends to Be a Spider%u2014and Catches a Bird - The spider-tailed #horned #viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides) is a species of viper endemic to western #Iran which was described in 2006. The head looks very similar to that of other #Pseudocerastes species in the region but it has a unique #tail that has a bulb-like end and bordered by long drooping scales that give it the appearance of a #spider. The tail tip is waved around and used to #lure insectivorous #birds within striking range.
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Earthworm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - An earthworm is a tube-shaped, segmented worm found in the phylum Annelida. Earthworms are commonly found living in soil, feeding on live and dead organic matter. An earthworm's digestive system runs through the length of its body. It conducts respiration through its skin. It has a double transport system composed of coelomic fluid that moves within the fluid-filled coelom and a simple, closed blood circulatory system. It has a central and a peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of two ganglia above the mouth, one on either side, connected to a nerve cord running back along its length to motor neurons and sensory cells in each segment. Large numbers of chemoreceptors are concentrated near its mouth. Circumferential and longitudinal muscles on the periphery of each segment enable the worm to move. Similar sets of muscles line the gut, and their actions move the digesting food toward the worm's anus
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Watch the First-Ever Video of a Rare Warty Pig - Walking through a forest on Bawean Island, Indonesia, after a long and frustrating day in the field, Mark Rademaker came face to face one of the world's rarest wild animals, a kind of warty pig.
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BBC NEWS | Europe | Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog' - A "big" stray dog was nosing about the trees and barking at squirrels hiding in branches overhead when a number of them suddenly descended and attacked, reports say.
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Squirrel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - On a lighter note, and of perhaps more interest is the etymology of the word "squirrel" - "via Anglo-Norman esquirel from the Old French escurel… The word itself comes from the Greek word skiouros, which means shadow-tailed, because they use their tail to shade their whole body."
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The World%u2019s Largest Fish Are Missing | TakePart - In a new study published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of Western Australia raised concerns about where the world’s largest whale sharks have gone, as the size of the biggest sharks observed in recent years pale in comparison to those recorded more than a decade ago.
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Antarctic Birds Remember Which Humans Have Wronged Them | Popular Science - The brown skua bird lives in Antarctica, which means it doesn't frequently come into contact with humans. But when researchers from South Korea were stationed in the Antarctic to study the species, they found that despite having limited exposure to humans, the birds could readily determine which humans had gotten too close for comfort to their nest and eggs. And then, the skua would attack accordingly. The researchers describe this phenomena in the journal Animal Cognition.
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Beetle Moms Send a Chemical Signal: %u2018Not Tonight, Honey%u2019 - The New York Times - It’s the bane of a new mother’s life: She’s exhausted, but her male partner wants sex. And besides, she still has to get up for those middle of the night feedings.
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12 Bizarre Frogs for World Frog Day - As Kermit the Frog observed, it’s not easy being green. That also goes for frogs that are blue, yellow, orange, and brown, which face threats from habitat loss, climate change, and deadly chytrid fungus infections.
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There%u2019s Another Spider That Destroys Female Genitalia - Sexual competition strategies—the contest to fertilize females and secure paternity—are common in spiders. Some male arachnids guard the female after mating, reduce her attractiveness to other males by transferring chemical substances, or even plug the female’s reproductive opening.
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Why Nor'easters Can Be So Much Worse Than Normal Snowstorms | Popular Science - If you live in the Northeast, you may have sensed tension rippling the air these past few days as weather forecasters predicted a snowstorm, due to arrive just in time for the first day of spring. Maybe, just in case, you even stocked up on bread, alcohol or library books. But what sets a Nor’easter apart from a regular snowstorm and what’s one doing popping up in the middle of March, just as the weather should be getting warmer?
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Camouflage skills of the common copperhead. There are four in this picture - Imgur - There are FOUR of them in this photo. If you only see two or three, they win.
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Monster leech swallows giant worm - Wonders of the Monsoon: Episode 4 - BBC Two - YouTube - A giant red leech hunts down a 70cm long blue worm and sucks it down like spaghetti.
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This River Kills Everything That Falls Into It - With maximum temperatures of over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the Boiling River is not quite at boiling point, but it's hot enough to poach your egg—and kill anything that falls into it.
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The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists - The Haitian village of Lunettes appears to float in Lake Azuéi, also known as Étang Saumâtre. The lake's water level has risen so much that it has swamped thousands of acres
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Birds of Prey May Be Deliberately Spreading Fires - Neatorama - Witnesses in Australia have seen black kites and brown falcons carrying burning twigs to dry areas, then dropping them, spreading wildfires in the Australian bush.Why? Because fire drives small food animals, such as mice and lizards, out of hiding to escape the fire.
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Conservationists urge caution after manatee count | Environment | KeysNet - And what's beneficial to humans is often detrimental to wildlife, including manatees. Rose said federal and state protection isn't the only factor in rebounding manatee numbers. The great recession of 2008 meant less development. The bad economy coupled with high gasoline prices during that era also meant fewer boaters on the water -- boats represent the biggest threat to manatee safety.
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The Volcanoes of Nicaragua Sure Have Been Cranky This Year | WIRED - Five volcanoes in Nicaragua have been restless so far in busy 2016 for the Central American nation. The post The Volcanoes of Nicaragua Sure Have Been Cranky
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No, Coyotes Don't Get High%u2014But These Animals Do - Although California's coyotes haven't been dropping acid, other wild animals have been known to get high.
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The Sneaky Life of the World%u2019s Most Mysterious Plant %u2013 Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich - It looks so ordinary, this vine. But it’s not. It is, arguably, the most mysteriously talented, most surprising plant in the world.
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Daddy-long-legs spider wins David and Goliath battle with deadly brown snake - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - The photo, taken over the weekend, shows a daddy-long-legs spider stringing up its prey — a lethal brown snake.Farmer and photographer Patrick Lees said it was the first time he had seen a spider kill a snake."I've heard about it, but I've never seen it, let alone a daddy-long-legs," Mr Lees said.
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1755 Lisbon earthquake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - The 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, occurred in the Kingdom of Portugal on Saturday, 1 November, the holiday of All Saints' Day, at around 09:40 local time.[1] In combination with subsequent fires and a tsunami (maremoto in Portuguese), the earthquake almost totally destroyed Lisbon and adjoining areas. Seismologists today estimate the Lisbon earthquake had a magnitude in the range 8.5–9.0[2][3] on the moment magnitude scale, with its epicentre in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 km (120 mi) west-southwest of Cape St. Vincent. Estimates place the death toll in Lisbon alone between 10,000 and 100,000 people,[4] making it one of the deadliest earthquakes in history.
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Ice Formations Overview radio discussion growing ice - Two photos of the first growths of ice I ever saw. These photos were taken in late December in east Tennessee, USA. These growths are at least 4 inches or10 cm in length. I think the ice formations are on stems of Dittany, Cunila origanoides. At the time I took the photos I did not appreciate the need to make more observations.
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Encyclia inopinata: New Species of Orchid Discovered in Mexico | Biology | Sci-News.com - Dr. Carlos Leopardi-Verde of the Universidad de Colima and his colleagues from Mexico and the United States have described a new orchid species from the deciduous forests of the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
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The evolutionary convergence of mid-Mesozoic lacewings and Cenozoic butterflies | Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences - We used polarized light and epifluorescence photography, SEM imaging, energy dispersive spectrometry and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry to examine kalligrammatid fossils and their environment. We mapped the evolution of specific traits onto a kalligrammatid phylogeny and discovered that these extinct lacewings convergently evolved wing eyespots that possibly contained melanin, and wing scales, elongate tubular proboscides, similar feeding styles, and seed–plant associations, similar to butterflies.
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How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in Its Head %u2013 Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich - It weighs only four or five ounces, its brain practically nothing, and yet, oh my God, what this little bird can do. It’s astonishing.
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Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian - Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain.Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone.High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles.But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say.

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January hurricane forms in Atlantic for first time since 1938 | World news | The Guardian - Hurricane Alex develops near Azores in water barely warm enough for any storm to form, say US researchers
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Arctic 'heatwave' hits the North Pole: Temperatures soar by 60°F bringing the icy region close to melting point | Daily Mail Online - The North Pole is experiencing a heatwave as temperatures came close to melting point yesterday, making the Arctic region warmer than some major cities in Europe and the US.According to ocean measurements from the North Pole Environmental Observatory, the mercury tipped -1.9°C (28.6°F) on Wednesday as the Arctic bathed in an unseasonably warm spell.
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18 most bizarre pigeon breeds - When it comes to creating 'fancy' breeds of domestic animals, humans can get a little eccentric. That's definitely the case with these surprising pigeons!
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Heat Records Shatter as a Monster El Nino Gathers Strength - Bloomberg Business - This has been by far the hottest year on record, and the thermometer just keeps rising. Blame climate change and a merciless El Nino, which is still gathering strength in the Pacific Ocean.
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They Took A Camera To A Remote Area In Greenland. What They Recorded Is Simply Terrifying! | Unexpected Entertainment - This rare footage has gone on record as the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film, by the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records.
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phenomena | Archie McPhee's Endless Geyser of AWESOME! - Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena is marveling at an extraordinary cloud formation that looks like an interdimensional portal just opened in the sky. Photographed by Redditor big_mac_heart_attack over Eastern Victoria, Australia, this extraordinary sight is called a Fallstreak hole and it’s the result of a process known as supercooling.
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Controversies - Chemical in U.S. Sunscreen Products Found to Be Lethal to Coral - AllGov - News - The active ingredient in most sunscreens is responsible for killing coral reefs, according to a new study.Beyond their existence as exotic rainbows of color spanning ocean floors, coral serves several indispensable purposes—it supports the spawning of marine life and acts as a first line of coastal defense against raging sea storms. But coral’s days may be numbered, thanks not only to the effects of climate change, but to a chemical ingredient that exists in thousands of brands of sunscreens used daily by people around the world.
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The Strongest El Nino in Decades Is Going to Mess With Everything - Bloomberg Business - It has choked Singapore with smoke, triggered Pacific typhoons and left Vietnamese coffee growers staring nervously at dwindling reservoirs. In Africa, cocoa farmers are blaming it for bad harvests, and in the Americas, it has Argentines bracing for lower milk production and Californians believing that rain will finally, mercifully fall.
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Massive Swiss Rockfall Caught on Video - Climbing | Climbing - Scary stuff. On October 19, this monstrous block came off the Mel de la Niva in the municipality of Evolène in south Switzerland. The rock had been considered unstable since an avalanche in 2013 and was under surveillance. A local geologist recorded strong activity on the peak last week, and as a precaution, the town below was evacuated. Good thing.
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Tropical storm Grace heads west from the eastern Atlantic Ocean | Daily Mail Online - The year's seventh named tropical storm has already begun forming in the mid-Atlantic, with meteorologists predicting it could gather steam in the coming days.Tropical Storm Grace, was seen with increasing signs of organizing itself into a spinning system on Sunday in the eastern Atlantic and was expected to reach the Caribbean at the end of the week..
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3 major hurricanes recorded over the Pacific for first time ever - In a historic development this weekend, three major hurricanes were recorded over the Pacific Ocean for the first time since records have been kept.Hurricane Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena were all classified as Category 4 storms on Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the second highest classification on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
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Absurd Creature of the Week: Um, This Leech Feeds on Hippo Rectums - The year was 2003, and Mark Siddall was in South Africa a-hunting the elusive hippo butt leech. This was a good place to look, after all, on account of all the hippos, and on account of all those hippos having rectums—the flesh this particular leech, Placobdelloides jaegerskioeldi, fancies. Happily, a local game officer had gotten wind of the American’s quest, and was more than willing to help.
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Sweltering summer has climatologists sweating - Heat over 40 degrees, weeks without rain, sudden storms and flash floods – in the summer of 2015 Germany experienced all these things. Are these extremes set to become the norm?
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Sea unicorn goes north as Arctic warms - The sighting was made by the four-month North Pole-2015 expedition on a drifting ice floe which began one degree from the pole. The 17 scientists and two dogs drifted 700 kilometres through Arctic waters. Unexpected for the scientists was the discovery of the Narwhal - which has been called the Unicorn of the Sea - in such northerly waters. Zoologist Vladimir Tushkevitch said it was a 'real scientific discovery' because until now such whales do not generally appear above the 82 degrees of latitude.
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El Nińo could be biggest since records began and bring with it some rain | Daily Mail Online - California will be hit by the biggest El Niño on record this winter, according to the latest forecast.Dubbed the 'Godzilla El Niño' or 'Bruce Lee El Niño', the weather event looks set to bring more rain and tropical cyclones to the Pacific Southwest since records began in 1950.But analysts warn it still won't be enough to atone for four years of record-breaking droughts. In fact, the dry and cracked land will be hard-pushed to withstand the three-month storm, meaning there will likely be an onslaught of mudslides and floods.
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Butts in Motion (Page 1 of 612) - A collection of animated GIFs of women's behindsContains nudity - 18 and NSFW
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Soudelor is strongest typhoon of 2015, spinning toward Okinawa, Taiwan and China - The Washington Post - After blasting the Pacific island of Saipan with wind gusts close to 100 mph, Super Typhoon Soudelor is taking aim at Taiwan and China, now the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of 178 mph, and the strongest tropical cyclone yet in 2015.
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Dive Into Infinity With Dizzying Views of A Colossal Cave - Views of A Colossal CaveA series of 360° panoramas allows anyone with an internet connection to experience Vietnam's Son Doong cave, one of the planet's biggest.
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Mystery solved: This is the monster that ate that great white shark - It wasn’t the Kraken. It wasn’t Godzilla. And it wasn’t even a rabid killer whale. The mysterious animal that had killed and eaten the 9-foot great white shark and had stumped scientists turned out to be a super predator feared by even apex predators like the great white shark. So what was it?
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Lost Lake shrinking down a hole; Lava tube drains lake on Santiam Pass - The volcanic landscape of Central Oregon and the Cascades contain a number of quirky features, among them a hole that is currently draining Lost Lake, just off U.S. Highway 20 near Hoodoo Ski Area.
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World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) - First Saturday of May! - Get ready for the Annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD)! People across the globe are encouraged, on the first Saturday of May, to tend their portion of the world's garden unclothed as nature intended.
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Lake Mead Has Dropped To Its Lowest Level Ever - California isn't the only one having a water crisis. Yesterday, Lake Mead sank to its lowest level yet. The watery behemoth created by the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s was reduced to a mere 1,080.07 feet above sea level, minimally smaller than the previous record of 1,080.19 set last August.
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BBC - Earth - The world%u2019s most painful insect sting - He describes the experience as: “Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over flaming charcoal with a three inch nail embedded in your heel.”
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Two huge magma chambers spied beneath Yellowstone National Park | Science/AAAS | News - Underneath the bubbling geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming sits a volcanic hot spot that has driven some of the largest eruptions on Earth. Geoscientists have now completely imaged the subterranean plumbing system and have found not just one, but two magma chambers underneath the giant volcano.
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This Rare Magic Rabbit Was Spotted For The First Time In 20 Years And It May Soon Be Lost Forever | Bored Panda - Prepare to fall in love and have your heart broken at the same time: this adorable creature that you’ve probably never heard of, the Ili Pika, is also one of the rarest and most endangered creatures in the world. Their population in their native China is estimated to have dropped to less than 1,000, and these photos are of the first one that has been spotted in 20 years.
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Apostle Islands ice caves open for visitors - Chicago Tribune - ake Superior finally froze enough this week to allow access to one of northern Wisconsin’s most stunning natural formations: the Bayfield Peninsula’s lakeshore caves
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Grizzly bears are waking up too early - Grizzly bears are emerging from their dens roughly a month ahead of schedule, according to Yellowstone park officials who say the spring-like weather is to blame. The first confirmed report of grizzly activity was on Feb. 9, when a bear was spotted scavenging on a bison carcass. After months of hibernation, grizzlies are ravenous and typically feed on the carcasses of winter-killed animals like bison, deer and elk.
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Researchers Find How Acidified Oceans Have Become with Help of NASA and ESA Satellites : SPACE : Science Times - While many argue that the fight against greenhouse gases is long over, climatologists and ecologists continue to urge that the battle continues on. And while the culprits are all the same, the problems with these remnants of burning fossil fuels are taking on new problems. A topic of major research has developed from these changes and now researchers are quantify just how it will impact our world in the years to come.
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自然と人と動物との共生をテーマに - Fox Village (Fox as in animals, not foxy ladies)
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'Worst blizzard in history' fails to live up to the hype as forecasters backtrack despite SEVEN states declaring emergencies | Daily Mail Online - Tens of millions of people hunkered down along the East Coast for a storm which for most failed to live up to its billing as the worst they had ever seen.A storm threatening to dump 36 inches (3ft) of snow prompted drastic measures to be taken overnight, with emergencies declared in seven states.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had warned it would 'most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City.'
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Blizzard-Like Conditions Possible in Northeast's Next Storm - ABC News - A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.
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The truth about sharks - The truth about sharks: Far from being 'killing machines', they have personalities, best friends and an exceptional capacity for learning
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25 Stunning Photos Within The Mystical World Of Mushrooms | - Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.
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Nearly 7,000 homes due to topple into the rising sea - Telegraph - The non existing climate change will strike again.
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Glacier Mice: A Rolling Stone Does Gather Moss | Amusing Planet - Glacier Mice form when moss starts growing around clumps of sand or a tiny rock lying on the glacier surface, and over time develops into a layer of moss. The moss continues to grow and insulates the glacier surface, resulting in the moss becoming elevated on a pedestal as the surrounding ice melts. Eventually, the moss falls from this pedestal which is then picked up by blasts of strong wind blowing across the glacier. These clumps of dust and organic matter roll around the vast sheets of ice like tumbleweed and the moss ends up growing on all sides. After years of growth, the clumps look like mouse-size green balls of vegetal fluff, and thus their name. Glacier Mice have been mostly documented over glaciers in Iceland, North and South America and the Himalaya.
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The Malaysian Exploding Ants go on suicide missions - The Malaysian Ant is a species of black and orange ants that are known for its rather explosive self-defense mechanism. Found on the forest floor of the country of Malaysia, the Malaysian Ant has the ability to self-explode when threatened.While this seems odd, these ants follow a rigorous rule where protecting the colony is its number one priority. In an instance when a predator attacks the colony, groups of these ants will march right up to the enemy. Once they are in range, they contract their abdomen, which causes its venom-filled glands to rupture, spraying deadly poison at the threat. These ants die in the process, but the venom is deadly enough to take down the predator.
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Scientists discover Earth’s ‘Star Trek’-style invisible shield - The scientists discovered an “extremely sharp” boundary at the inner edge of the outer radiation belt, which appears to block electrons from breaking through the shield and moving towards Earth’s atmosphere.
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Role reversal: Why it's warm in Alaska but frigid in most of the U.S. right now - The cold front that is sweeping across the entire eastern half of the U.S., from Colorado to Virginia, is no ordinary weather boundary.Instead, it's a front on steroids, bringing with it a near-instantaneous switch from summer temperatures to winter, complete with howling winds, heavy snow and even dust storms. And the cold air the front is ushering in shows no signs of leaving anytime soon.
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Alien!: Guy Films Closeups Of His Giant Pet Katydid - This is a video from Youtuber precarious333 starring his adult male giant Texas katydid (Neobarrettia spinosa). Highlights include closeups of it breathing, chirping, cleaning itself, showing off its threat display AND STARING INTO THE DEPTHS OF YOUR SOUL. You know, sometimes I wish I had a giant pet insect. Then I remember my real dream of owning a hermit crab. Eyes on the prize, GW. Mom says if I'm good and do all my chores for a month I can get one.
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How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue : Shots - Health News : NPR - Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes."Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.
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Giant Wolf Spiders Are Scarier Than Anything You'll See On Halloween (Video) - If the size of the spider isn’t enough to make you sick, wait until the end of the clip, when the cameraman zooms in to reveal thousands of little baby spiders clinging to the creature’s back.
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Birds found using human musical scales for the first time | Science/AAAS | News - The flutelike songs of the male hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) are some of the most beautiful in the animal kingdom. Now, researchers have found that these melodies employ the same mathematical principles that underlie many Western and non-Western musical scales—the first time this has been seen in any animal outside humans.
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Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano exploding - Spectacular footage shows explosions at Bardarbunga volcanic system in Iceland. The footage was taken using a DJI drone and a GoPro to record activity in the centre of the area's Holuhraun lava field. The Bardarbunga volcano has been steadily emitting lava for the last month and the eruption could last for up to a year
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Deep, 6.2-magnitude quake strikes near Anchorage - CNN.com - Alaskans were shaken up -- but not, it seems, rattled -- by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and more than a dozen aftershocks that struck in the state Thursday.
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Snake swallows antelope, then spews it out - In the village of Billa, the Indian state of Gujarat, an Indian rock python devoured a nilgai, also known as a blue bull. The python had hunted a baby blue bull and had already eaten 80% of the bull's body. Suddenly, the reptile stopped swallowing the animal and let go of its lifeless prey as shocked villagers were watching.
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Wildlife energy: Survival of the fittest - Using a wildlife version of fitness trackers, biologists can finally measure how much energy animals need to stay alive.
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Snow comes a month early this year for northern US | Mail Online - Winter weather isn't waiting for the calendar to say when it's time to hit the northern U.S. this year, with snowfall predicted across as many as seven states by Tuesday.Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan should all see some snow in the coming week, if the new GFS model is correct, as expected temperatures dip into the 30s.For the lucky in Wyoming, that snow will only fall on the mountains.
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Dramatic Photos of California's Historic Drought - In Focus - The Atlantic - According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 82 percent of the state of California currently falls in the "Extreme Drought" category. The years-long dry spell has tapped groundwater reserves and left reservoirs at record lows. Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville are both down to 30% of full capacity, exposing steep shorelines that were formerly under hundreds of feet of water. Marinas are crowding into ever-smaller coves as the water recedes, and ramps and roads no longer reach the shoreline. Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan traveled to a number of these reservoirs last month and captured dramatic images, evidence of the severity of the water crisis in California. [22 photos]
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Kayak fishing record set with 1,247-pound shark - GrindTV.com - A kayak fisherman from Sweden shattered the kayak fishing record for heaviest catch by reeling in a Greenland shark weighing an estimated 1,247 pounds, according to Kayak Fish Magazine. The fish, estimated to be 200 years old, was released alive and healthy after the 90-minute battle.
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Monarch Butterflies Have Declined 90% - In the last 20 years, the population of monarch butterflies in the eastern U.S. has declined by 90 percent, greatly worrying environmentalists and researchers. Today, three major conservation groups and a scientist have called on the Fish and Wildlife Service to designate the brilliant orange and black insects as threatened, a move that would provide federal officials with more latitude in efforts to preserve them like designating certain areas as protected.
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Southeast Louisiana is being devoured by the sea - In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.
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This Man Will Live On A Melting Iceberg For One Year. Here's Why. - Alex Bellini plans to mourn the loss of Arctic ice on a far more intimate level than many of us could imagine. He'll live an entire year on an iceberg off Greenland "witnessing its last phase of life."
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Crocodile eats hippo - Amateur photographer Roland Ross captured these incredible photographs near Lower Sabie in Kruger Park, South Africa
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Loggerhead Sea Turtles Hatch on Camera, Make Way to Ocean - The camera uses infrared lighting so hatchlings won’t be confused by artificial light and will go to sea – guided by moonlight reflecting on the water — instead of pushing further onto land.
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Aerials of destruction caused by Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach | Watch News Videos Online - A tailings pond from the Mount Polley Mine near Likely, BC burst its banks early this morning – sending toxic waste water into nearby lakes.
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Is Siberia's Lake Labynkyr really home to a monster? | News.com.au - LOCALS call it the Devil. They say it lifts up boats and wails when it attacks. Now underwater sonar shows they might be telling the truth.Associate Professor of Biogeography Lyudmila Emeliyanova told The Siberian Times that on her mission to Lake Labynkyr in remote Siberia she recorded 'several seriously big underwater objects' with sonar readings.
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California%u2019s Exceptional Drought Just Keeps Getting Worse - Bloomberg - California’s three-year drought just went from bad to dreadful. In the course of the last week, the crimson expanse of “exceptional drought” grew to engulf the northern part of the state. The chart above shows the drought's progression as reported today by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Archived maps show the end of July for each year since 2011.
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Weather goes crazy in Siberia - with record high temperatures, then July snow  - Thermometers have been yo-yoing in July as Siberia copes with weather extremes that have seen record-breaking summer temperatures in major cities. Despite this, freak hailstones larger than hen eggs hit Kemerovo while a beach and park in Novosibirsk was left with an icy sheen of white, like in winter.
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350 Ways to Save the World - We only have one precious planet - Look after it! - This is one of the 350 Interesting Lists. The 350 challenge here is to create a list of items that will help us Save the World. Can you help? There is a form at the bottom of the page for you to submit your suggestions. All submissions welcomed!
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U.S. Drought Monitor News - During the four-week period ending on July 1, 2014, contiguous U.S. drought coverage declined 3.31 percentage points to 34.01. Coverage reached its year-to-date peak of 40.06% on May 6, but subsequent rainfall across portions of the nation’s mid-section has reduced drought’s imprint.
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Sandstone shapes 'forged by gravity' - The stress field is the master sculptor - it tells the weather where to pick
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Aromatherapy: Sandalwood -
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It's So Hot In Yellowstone That a Road Literally Melted - Yellowstone National Park is riddled with constantly changing geothermal hot spots—it's part of the reason for the park's famous geysers. But this past Thursday, the area around one section of road got so hot that asphalt literally started melting.
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Astronauts See Typhoon Neoguri's Power from Space - Astronauts in space had a front-row seat this week to watch the Typhoon Neoguri transform into a powerful a super typhoon that dominated the Pacific Ocean, then downgrade back into a typical typhoon.
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Svensmark: global warming stopped and a cooling is beginning - “In fact global warming has stopped and a cooling is beginning. No climate model has predicted a cooling of the Earth – quite the contrary. And this means that the projections of future climate are unreliable,” writes Henrik Svensmark.
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Global Cooling Myth in the 70's - Many claim that in the 1970's all scientists believed the earth was cooling. Factual examination of the controversial report reveals that there was a consensus. The consensus was we don't know enough yet. The confirmation of the Milankovitch cycles indicated that we were to begin a cooling phase, the introduction of industrial greenhouse gases indicated we could interrupt the natural cycle. More study was needed.
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The 1970s Ice Age Myth and Time Magazine Covers - From the 1977 cover we can see that apparently a new ice age was supposed to arrive. Only 30 years later, according to the 2006 cover, global warming is supposed to be the problem. But the cover on the left isn’t from 1977. It actually is this Time cover from April 9, 2007:
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Blitzortung.org - A world-wide, real-time, community based lightning detection and lightning location network with live lightning maps. © 2003-2014 www.Blitzortung.org
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Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude - Celebrate life!
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May 2014 hottest on record globally - Preliminary data released separately by NASA and the Japanese Meteorological Agency suggest May 2014 was the warmest May on record.
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B.C. starfish are dissolving into goo - From Alaska to Mexico—and all along the B.C. coast—an iconic animal is disappearing. For reasons that remain baffling to scientists, starfish are dying by the millions, in the grips of a mysterious wasting disease that dissolves their bodies into goo. “I’d do beach walks along a 50-m stretch of shoreline, and count 500 or 1,000 of them,” says Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia who’s been monitoring sea stars (as scientists call them) for nearly two decades at sites around Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock. Revisiting one of these sites recently, he found a single sea star.
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Great White Shark Disappearance Ignites Search for New Super Predator | Trending Now - Yahoo News - What could have possibly eaten a 9-foot great white shark?
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Mr. G and Jellybean - YouTube - Who says animals don't have feelings?
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Sea Anemone Eats Bird, Inspires A Paper On Marine Ornithology - Neatorama - What you see in this photo isn't some freaky Pop Art sculpture depicting a Thanksgiving meal after a nuclear war, it's a photo of a sea anemone chowing down ever so slowly on a Cormorant chick.
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Lake Sorvagsvatn - The Two Level Lake on Vagar Island - Located on the island of Vagar, in the Faroe Islands, Lake Sorvagsvatn (also known as Leitisvatn) is an amazing lake. What makes the lake interesting is its two different levels. Covering an area of 3.4 square kilometers, it is the biggest lake of the Faroe Islands. Faroe Islands is a group of 18 islands that make Faroe Islands Archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean. The lake is located about 30 meters above the sea level.
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Crystal Clear Waters Of Verzasca River - The Verzasca is a Swiss 30-km long mountain river originating at Pizzo Barone and flowing into Lake Maggiore. It is known for its clear turquoise water and vibrant colored rocks, as well as its treacherous currents
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Bad News from the Antarctic - The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is Melting - The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.
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28 Years Later, The Animals Of Chernobyl Have Reclaimed Their Homeland... At A Price - In 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant led to the single worst nuclear accident in history. For nearly three decades, humans have been barred from living within a 1,000 square mile zone surrounding the reactor, allowing plants and animals to reclaim their native home... but all may not be well
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New species of metal-eating plant discovered in the Philippines - Pensoft - Scientists from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños have discovered a new plant species with an unusual lifestyle — it eats nickel for a living — accumulating up to 18,000 ppm of the metal in its leaves without itself being poisoned, says Professor Edwino Fernando, lead author of the report. Such an amount is a hundred to a thousand times higher than in most other plants
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A Collection of Scary Bat-Eating Spiders - It’s hard to imagine a fragile spider killing and eating a full-grown bat. I mean there’s no way a tiny spider could have any sort of muscle power over a fully grown bat, right? Believe or not, there are eight-legged bugs out there that can pounce on bats and eventually devour them. And when they can’t, they rely on their superior web-spinning skills to get the job done.
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Global warming a dangerous reality, government study shows | WJLA.com - Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.
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A Single Drop of Seawater, Magnified 25 Times | Colossal - You know when you’re horsing around at the beach and accidentally swallow a nasty gulp of salt water? Well I hate to break it to you but that foul taste wasn’t just salt.
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Death toll hits 35; Miss. twister was year's strongest - Emergency officials counted casualties, picked through rubble and braced for more carnage Tuesday as a massive, slow-moving and extremely violent storm system refused to release its grip on a wide swath of the nation.Tornado warnings were posted for the Pensacola, Fla., area Tuesday evening, and the National Weather Service said several tornadoes touched down in eastern North Carolina.

The non existing climate change at it again.
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The Arctic, Where Climate Change Is Up Close And Personal - LAPLAND, Finland -- For dogsled guide Marco Echola, the massive disruptions wrought by global climate change are not an abstract concept. One night last month on a trek across the Arctic Circle, as the Aurora Borealis lit the frigid landscape of snow-covered lakes and forests, several of his huskies got loose. They were able to slip out of their collars because their fur had started to thin, which typically does not happen until much later in the year. “It’s too early for shedding,” Echola said.
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IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides a clear and up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It consists of three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR) which integrates and synthesizes material in the WG reports for policymakers. The SYR will be finalized on 31 October 2014. Further information about the outline and content and how the AR5 has been prepared can be found in the AR5 reference document and SYR Scoping document, AR5 page and on the websites of the working groups.
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Fact Checking 6 Persistent Science Conspiracy Theories - A total of 37 percent of American voters believe global warming is a hoax. Most (58 percent) of the people who believe this identified themselves as Republicans. Of those who don't believe global warming is a hoax, 77 percent are Democrats.
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The UN's New Focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change - - The United Nations' latest report on climate change contains plenty of dire warnings about the adverse impact "human interference with the climate system" is having on everything from sea levels to crop yields to violent conflicts. But the primary message of the study isn't, as John Kerry suggested on Sunday, for countries to collectively reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Instead, the subtext appears to be this: Climate change is happening and will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. As a result, we need to adapt to a warming planet—to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits associated with increasing temperatures—rather than focusing solely on curbing warming in the first place. And it's businesses and local governments, rather than the international community, that can lead the way.
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Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash - Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing equipment, cargo container parts, or plastic shopping bags, a new narrative is emerging in the hunt for the missing plane: There's more garbage out there than you think. Most of it is plastic. And marine life ingests it, with catastrophic consequences.
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Animals leaving Yellowstone Park - An animal exodus at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has residents and tourist wondering if they know something they don’t.Bison and many other animals are leaving Yellowstone in droves, and its prompting theories that minor earthquakes in the area could soon set off the Yellowstone Super Volcano.
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Fossil fern showcases ancient chromosomes - Because the fossil’s nuclei closely resemble those of the modern cinnamon fern, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, the researchers suggest that the plants’ genomes probably haven’t changed much since Early Jurassic dinosaurs prowled the planet.
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Global warming to hit Asia hardest, warns new report on climate change | Environment | The Observer - Flooding, famine and rising sea levels will put hundreds of millions at risk in one of the world's most vulnerable regions
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The Woods Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying - Like a landscape of the undead, the woods outside Chernobyl are having trouble decomposing. The catastrophic meltdown and ensuing radiation blast of April 1986 has had long-term effects on the very soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The result is a forest full of “petrified-looking pine trees” that no longer seem capable of rotting.Indeed, Smithsonian reports, “decomposers — organisms such as microbes, fungi and some types of insects that drive the process of decay — have also suffered from the contamination. These creatures are responsible for an essential component of any ecosystem: recycling organic matter back into the soil.”
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Elephants Have Learned to 'Understand Human' - “It is a most remarkable finding,” says Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University in Atlanta. “Animals associating sounds with danger is nothing new—but making fine distinctions in human voices is quite remarkable.”
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Choking shark saved in first-of-its-kind rescue | GrindTV.com - Marine experts off Sydney, Australia, made a daring, first-of-its-kind rescue to save a grey nursery shark being choked to death by an elastic cord that somehow got wrapped around its gills and was acting like a noose.
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A New, More Humane Way to Euthanize Stranded Whales - Marine mammal stranding groups must make hard choices when faced with beached whales that can't be saved.
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Ice storm paradox: It's colder because the Earth is warmer - With the American South locked in a deep freeze, you can be sure that plenty of the folks suffering through the snow and ice storms are interpreting the big chill as more proof that global warming is a hoax. “Warming?” they scoff. “How can the planet be warming when it’s so darn cold?”People in other parts of the world seem to have no great difficulty understanding the science but, in the good old USA where quite a few people consider science just another political opinion, it is going to take a lot longer to get most people to accept the cold facts about a warmer world.
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Pass The Prozac: Fruit Flies Get Depressed, Too - Depressed animals, including humans, develop several physical symptoms related to their feelings of helplessness or despair. Now it turns out something similar happens in flies
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BBC News - Health of oceans 'declining fast' - The health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating even faster than had previously been thought, a report says.A review from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), warns that the oceans are facing multiple threats.
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Stunning Bubbles Frozen Under Lake Abraham | Travel | Smithsonian - Frozen bubbles of methane trapped beneath Alberta's Lake Abraham are beautiful, but dangerous if popped
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'Dolphin whisperer' forms close bond with mammals during incredible encounter | GrindTV.com - Captain Larry Hartmann has watched thousands of bottlenose dolphins ride the bow of his 30-foot boat, but until Friday he had never seen the mammals develop such a close bond with one of his passengers.
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12-County Coalition: Building the Great Green Wall of Africa | Urbanist - The clock is ticking for the collaborative creation of a living green wall to span nearly 5,000 miles across the African continent, designed to slow or even stop the relentless spread of desertification. The scope of this unique organic building project is unprecedented, as is its urgency.
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These 7 countries are responsible for over 60 percent of global warming - Salon.com - Throughout a century of climate-damaging activity, seven countries have emerged as the worst offenders. According to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters, the U.S., China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the UK top the list.
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Live coverage: Huge bushfires ravage the Grampians as blazes break out across Victoria | Herald Sun - Fires rage in and around the Grampians tourist town of Halls Gap, which was evacuated yesterday. Authorities said the threat had ease for now and resident should be able to return home later today.
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Quantum Vibrations in 'Microtubules' In Brain Neurons:Theory of Consciousness - "The origin of consciousness reflects our place in the universe, the nature of our existence. Did consciousness evolve from complex computations among brain neurons, as most scientists assert? Or has consciousness, in some sense, been here all along, as spiritual approaches maintain?" ask Hameroff and Penrose in the current review. "This opens a potential Pandora's Box, but our theory accommodates both these views, suggesting consciousness derives from quantum vibrations in microtubules, protein polymers inside brain neurons, which both govern neuronal and synaptic function, and connect brain processes to self-organizing processes in the fine scale, 'proto-conscious' quantum structure of reality."
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Chokoboard - The Most Amazing Thing About Trees
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Number of Americans who don't believe in climate change rises - NBC News.com - The number of Americans who believe global warming isn't happening has risen to 23 percent, up 7 percentage points since April 2013.The latest survey, taken in November 2013, finds that the majority of Americans — 63 percent — do believe in climate change, and 53 percent are "somewhat" or "very" worried about the consequences.
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Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon as They Age - An international research group reports that 97 percent of 403 tropical and temperate species grow more quickly the older they get. Rapid growth in giant trees is the global norm and can exceed 600 kg (1,300 pounds) per year in the largest individuals. In human terms, it is as if our growth just keeps accelerating after adolescence, instead of slowing down," said Stephenson. "By that measure, humans could weigh half a ton by middle age, and well over a ton at retirement
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Lizards Need Social Lives, Too - Social isolation, especially early in life, can be disastrous for birds and mammals. It can result in adults with increased anxiety and stress, worse performance on cognitive tests, and abnormal social behavior. Early social isolation can even have deleterious physiological effects, including a decreased lifespan. But what about lizards? They were long-assumed to be asocial and behaviorally ‘simple.’ But more recent research has shown some lizards are devoted parents and mates that can distinguish their kin from strangers and recognize individuals. Many lizards spend the first few months of their lives in the company of their siblings or a family group, where they might learn important life lessons and skills.
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Australia swelters under a sham climate change policy after hottest year on record - With 2013 confirmed as Australia's hottest year on record, prime minister Tony Abbott must explain how "direct action" is credible.
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Climate change deniers | Climate change basics | Climate change | Science & policy | Climate change basics | Issues - The debate is over about whether or not climate change is real. Irrefutable evidence from around the world—including extreme weather events, record temperatures, retreating glaciers and rising sea levels—all point to the fact that climate change is happening now and at rates much faster than previously thought.
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13 Dumbest Things Media Said About Climate Change In 2013 - The evidence for climate change only got stronger this year, with a major climate report finding 95 percent confidence in manmade global warming and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hitting a record 400 parts per million. Climate doubters, in turn, became increasingly desperate, citing everything from a verified scam artist to the "Ouija board of weather." We've compiled the 13 dumbest things media said about climate change in '13 -- you might be surprised to find which mainstream media outlets made the list.
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Arguments from Global Warming Skeptics and what the science really says - Here is a summary of global warming and climate change myths, sorted by recent popularity vs what science says.
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New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City Break Temperature Records During December Heat Wave - New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City, N.J., have broken temperature records during a brief December heat wave.
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Greenland ice harbours massive reservoir of melt water - Washington: Scientists have suggested that Greenland Ice Sheet stores liquid water all year long, based on the surprising discovery of an aquifer, an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock .The reservoir is known as a "perennial firn aquifer" because water persists within the firn, layers of snow and ice that don't melt for at least one season.
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Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, The Climate Change Scorecard - Since a nuclear weapon went off over Hiroshima, we have been living with visions of global catastrophe, apocalyptic end times, and extinction that were once the sole property of religion. Since August 6, 1945, it has been possible for us to imagine how human beings, not God, could put an end to our lives on this planet. Conceptually speaking, that may be the single most striking development of our age and, to this day, it remains both terrifying and hard to take in. Nonetheless, the apocalyptic possibilities lurking in our scientific-military development stirred popular culture over the decades to a riot of world-ending possibilities.
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Greenland ice harbours massive reservoir of melt water - Washington: Scientists have suggested that Greenland Ice Sheet stores liquid water all year long, based on the surprising discovery of an aquifer, an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock .The reservoir is known as a "perennial firn aquifer" because water persists within the firn, layers of snow and ice that don't melt for at least one season.
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Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle - A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source
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Report says global warming likely to make starvation, poverty and other problems only worse | Fox News - Many of the ills of the modern world — starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease — are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.The report uses the word "exacerbate" repeatedly to describe warming's effect on poverty, lack of water, disease and even the causes of war.
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Amazing photos of Danxia landform - The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that "consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs". It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called "pseudo-karst" landforms.
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WTF, Evolution? -
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Pacific Ocean takes perilous turn | Sea Change: Ocean acidification | The Seattle Times - Ocean acidification, the lesser-known twin of climate change, threatens to scramble marine life on a scale almost too big to fathom.
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National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) - NSIDC's Web site is currently unavailable because of severe weather and flooding. We expect to be online again this Monday, 16 September, around noon (USA Mountain Time). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
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Another Year, Another Sea Ice Recovery - For the last decade, according to the denial industry, sea ice has been “recovering”. Which is completely correct, if, by “recovering”, you mean there is 75 percent less ice volume than there was 30 years ago.Over the weekend the ever-reliable Daily Mail came up with another masterpiece of boneheaded backwardness. As boring and predictable as this whack-a-mole is, obviously, readers need some handy links when they get the inevitable triumphant “I told you so” from Aunt Teabag and Uncle Dittohead.
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Planet%u2019s future: Expert says climate change is up to us - swissinfo.ch - The best way to manage climate change is to have a target, says renowned climate physicist Thomas Stocker. He warns that mankind must adapt while there is still time because climate change is very much here and now.Although the fight against global warming has not yet been lost, it becomes more and more difficult with every year that passes without reducing emissions, Stocker told swissinfo.ch.
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Horizontal Waterfalls -
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Cocoon with a picket fence! -
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Lake Natron -
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Yosemite fire 'poses every challenge there can be'; grows 7 square miles overnight - San Jose Mercury News - At Ike Bunney's dude ranch near the Sierra community of Tuolumne City, all creatures have been evacuated as firefighters brace for an intense battle to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of mountain communities.
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The Animals are Also Getting Fat - In a remarkable paper Allison et al. (2011) gather data on the weight at mid-life from 12 animal populations covering 8 different species all living in human environments. Dividing the sample into male and female they find that in all 24 cases animal weight has increased over the past several decades.
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Otters holding hands - YouTube - How cute is that?
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Grass fires break out in London as heatwave bakes Britain | Reuters - Grass fires broke out in east London on Friday, requiring intervention by 120 firefighters as Britain sweltered in a heatwave that has prompted health warnings from the authorities.In scenes unusual for famously wet Britain, two swathes of yellowed grass, firs and gorse were on fire, sending smoke high enough to be visible from the Olympic Park several miles away.
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Giant Panda Gives Birth to Twins at Zoo Atlanta - ABC News - A giant panda named Lun Lun gave birth Monday at Zoo Atlanta to two tiny cubs, the first twin pandas born in the United States since 1987, zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines announced.
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|| 05/23/2013 ||
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When Earth is Scarred Forever - Our planet is covered in pockmarks so deep that they can be seen from space. Some were caused by asteroid strikes, but most are the result of human meddling. Here are some of the most incredible examples of the scarred Earth.
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Hairless baboon spotted alone in the bush - Azprick??? - The four foot tall hairless female was found wandering around the African bush by a British housewife in Zimbabwe.While she should be with her sociable troop of baboons out looking for food, this poor animal appears to have no friends.
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Tornado completely destroys School - Cameras inside a school have give an inside look at the power of a tornado.
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The World's Best Photos of bizkaia and otzarreta - The World's Best Photos of bizkaia and otzarreta
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BLDGBLOG: Bingham Landslide - Utah's Bingham Canyon Mine, one of the largest active copper mines in the world, had a massive landslide last night, which makes for quite an extraordinary coppery blur against the orderly terraced geometry of the hole itself.
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3 new giant cockroach species found | MNN - Mother Nature Network - The insects are the first of their genus to be discovered in China, a surprise as that genus had never been documented north of Vietnam.
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Cicadas Coming to U.S. East Coast This Spring - Periodical cicadas (Magicicada septendecim), the cousins of katydids and crickets, have a unique breeding schedule, and after 17 years of living underground, a large group of them are preparing to fill the skies along the U.S. East Coast, from North Carolina up to Connecticut.Normally, periodic cicadas spend their lives in complete darkness underground, sucking the fluid out of the roots of trees and shrubs. At the end of their life, they emerge, breed, and almost instantly die, completing a lifecycle that humans have studied for centuries.
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Incredible North Atlantic storm spans Atlantic Ocean, coast to coast - The storm shown here stretches west to east from Newfoundland to Portugal. Its southern tail (cold front) extends into the Caribbean and the north side of its comma head touches southern Greenland.
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19-Year-Old Student Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World's Oceans | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - 19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.

Too bad they will never build it
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BBC News - Siberian permafrost thaw warning sparked by cave data - Evidence from Siberian caves suggests that a global temperature rise of 1.5C could see permafrost thaw over a large area of Siberia.A study shows that more than a trillion tonnes of the greenhouse gases CO2 and methane could be released into the atmosphere as a result.
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An Incredibly Detailed Map Shows The Potential Of Global Water Risks - Aqueduct, a new tool from the World Resources Institute, lets you see all the bad things that might stem from water, from droughts to floods and beyond.
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Get ready: Forecast calls for blizzard conditions in Bay State - Boston.com - With a powerful blizzard expected to blanket Massachusetts with up to 3 feet of snow, Governor Deval Patrick ordered non-emergency state workers to stay home, urged people to get off the roads by noon Friday before the storm intensifies, called for all local school districts to cancel classes, and announced that the Boston area’s public transit system would shut down.
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|| 01/26/2013 ||
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UPM - Forest Life -
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Your Christmas Tree: Home to 25K Bugs? - The good news is, they'll end up dead - as many as 25,000 insects ranging from bark lice to moths to mites living in a single tree
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World's big trees are dying: Alarming increase in death rates among trees 100-300 years old - The largest living organisms on the planet, the big, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and other wildlife, are dying.
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Dead whale gigantic problem near Bob Dylan's Malibu home (with video) | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota - A whale carcass rotting near celebrity homes in Malibu is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who's responsible for getting rid of it.The young male fin whale washed up Monday between Paradise Cove and Point Dume, near the homes of Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan.
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Arctic sea ice larger than US melted this year - DOHA, Qatar (AP) — An area of Arctic sea ice bigger than the United States melted this year, according the U.N. weather agency, which said the dramatic decline illustrates that climate change is happening "before our eyes."
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Giant Crack in Antarctica About to Spawn New York-Size Iceberg - The crevasse stretches 19 miles (30 kilometers) long and up to 260 feet (80 meters) wide, as shown in a picture taken by NASA's Terra satellite in October and featured this week as a NASA Image of the Day. Snaking across the floating tongue of the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica, the crack is expected to create an iceberg 350 square miles (907 square kilometers)—versus 303 square miles (785 square kilometers) for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx combined, according to NASA.
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Globe Risks Cataclysmic Changes From Warming, World Bank Says - Bloomberg - Current national pledges to reduce greenhouse gases won’t do much to change the current trajectory of temperatures, which are set to rise by about double the United Nations target of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, the scientific study e-mailed by the World Bank shows today.
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Two Thirds of Ocean Life Remains Undiscovered - The new estimate, which suggests that there may be as many as 1 million species of non-bacterial life in the world's waterways, is based on research by 270 experts from around the world. The estimate is considered to be the most accurate yet, and is far lower than some previous estimates.
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|| 10/31/2012 ||
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#Sandy - Google+ -
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Superstorm Sandy: New York CELL PHONE coverage is down as users battle signal failures | Mail Online - Many people are virtually cut off and have no way of contacting friends or family or calling for help if there are further emergencies
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Hurricane Sandy may force evacuations in NYC - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was expected to decide as early as Saturday whether to order evacuation of 375,000 residents from low-lying areas of the city’s five boroughs, according to media reports, as the monster Hurricane Sandy continued moving north along the Eastern Seaboard.
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HOW LONG DOES STUFF TAKE TO DECOMPOSE - When we go to different areas, knowingly or unknowingly, we harm nature by littering the areas. Actually our original purpose is to search for peace of mind and to enjoy nature. We end up adding the degradation of Nature however.
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UK weather: Block of flats in Newburn evacuated after floods wash away its foundations | Mail Online - This terrifying sight brings home the full horror of the floods that have hit areas of Britain after a mighty deluge brought a month's rainfall in just 24 hours - and led forecasters to declare it the worst storm to hit Britain in 30 years.
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BBC News - Satellites trace sea level change - Scientists have reviewed almost two decades of satellite data to build a new map showing the trend in sea levels. Globally, the oceans are rising, but there have been major regional differences over the period.
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Underwater Crop Circles Mystery Solved 2012 HD - According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration less than five percent of the world's oceans have been explored, meaning that 95% of what lies deep underwater on Earth has yet to be seen by human eyes. One person who has dedicated his life to uncovering the mysteries of the deep is Japanese photographer Yoji Ookata who obtained his scuba license at the age of 21 and has since spent the last 50 years exploring and documenting his discoveries off the coast of Japan. Recently while on a dive near Amami Oshima at the southern tip of the country, Ookata spotted something he had never encountered before: rippling geometric sand patterns nearly six feet in diameter almost 80 feet below sea level. He soon returned with colleagues and a television crew from the nature program NHK to document the origins what he dubbed the "mystery circle."
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|| 09/23/2012 ||
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How the cheetah loses its spots - Mutations in one gene alter felines’ coat coloring
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How a mosquito survives a raindrop hit - mosquitoes hit with water survived using an insect version of tai chi: Move with the blow instead of resisting it.
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Arctic sea ice extent reaches record-shattering minimum - The National Snow and Ice Center (NSIDC) today reports the sea ice extent bottomed out at 1.32 million square miles, about 293,000 square miles below the prior 2007 record. Arctic sea ice extent has been monitored by satellite since 1979.
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As The World Burns, NIST Tries To Cool It Down - On the day the National Snow And Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced the dreary news that the level of ice in the Arctic Sea is the lowest it has been since such information was recorded, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) presented some positive news regarding its goal to reduce the global warming potential (GWP) of the refrigerants used in our homes and cars.
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|| 09/19/2012 ||
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Island of Kauai, Hawaii -
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The Lion Ranger -
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|| 09/13/2012 ||
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10 Oldest Trees in the World - Imagine having been alive for centuries, since before the time the ancient Babylonians started to measure time as we understand it today. Not only having been alive then, but carrying on through the developments of the Greek and Roman empires, the births of religions like Christianity and Islam, and right up to the present day, still bearing witness.
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For the U.S., summer 2012 was third-hottest in history | Earth | EarthSky - According the National Climatic Data Center, summer 2012 was the third-warmest overall for the contiguous United States since record-keeping began in 1895. June 2012 was the 14th warmest June on record. July was the warmest month recorded (not just the warmest July) since record-keeping began in 1895. And August ended up being the 16th warmest August on record. Above-average temperatures have been the main story line for the contiguous United States for 2012. In fact, 2012 is the warmest on record for the year-to-date period of January – August. During the eight-month period, 33 states were record warm and an additional 12 states were top-10 warm. Meanwhile, the past 12 months (September 2011-August 2012) are the warmest 12 months ever recorded for the contiguous United States.
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Who's Your Daddy?: Male Snail Carries Eggs As Cargo - - a kind of molluscan version of "All for one and one for all"!!
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Species multiply as Earth heats up - Biodiversity increases with gentle warming.
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|| 08/31/2012 ||
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Hawaii's Clouds -
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BBC Nature - First footage of rare anglerfish - A rare species of anglerfish has been filmed for the first time by US scientists.
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Filming Heavy Seas Can Be a Hazard to Your Health [VIDEO] | gCaptain - Maritime & Offshore News - This video was supposedly shot on board a Russian aircraft carrier and we don’t have much more info other than that. Skip to about a minute and a half for the goods.
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Clever Bird Goes Fishing - YouTube - Clever bird fine tunes its fishing technique with a small scrap of bread.
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Frogs: The Thin Green Line - It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and a decade and a half of scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal. Large scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those frogs they can, even bathing frogs in Clorox solutions and keeping them in Tupperware boxes under carefully controlled conditions to prevent the spread of a deadly fungus. Will it ever be safe to return the frogs back to the ecosystem from which they were taken?
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melting Breaks 30-Year Record - On Aug. 8, the Greenland ice sheet shattered a seasonal record, with more cumulative melting since record-keeping began more than three decades ago, new research finds. Greenland's melting season usually begins in June, when the first puddles of meltwater emerge, and lasts through early September, when temperatures begin to cool. This year, a full four weeks before the end of the melt season, the ice sheet had shed more water than the record reached during the full season in 2010.
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Our Amazing planet :'Fire rainbow' over Florida - Technically known as iridescent clouds, a relatively rare phenomenon caused by clouds of water droplets of nearly uniform size, according to a release by NASA. These clouds diffract, or bend, light in a similar manner, which separates out light into different wavelengths, or colors.
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