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Critics say Antarctic’s B09B Iceberg didn’t kill Adelie Penguins

Critics say Antarctic’s B09B Iceberg didn’t kill Adelie Penguins

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014 claimed that a huge iceberg landlocked an entire colony of Adelie penguins in Antarctic and took lives of 150,000 of them. But, some critics have challenged the study led by Christopher Turney, a professor of climate science at Australia’s University of South Wales (UNSW). They said that the penguins may have decided to live their place in search of happier hunting grounds.

Turney’s team, which included researchers from Climate Change Research Centre of the UNSW and New Zealand’s West Coast Penguin Trust, published the study in journal Antarctic Science. They reported that over 150,000 Adelie penguins of a single colony died after a giant iceberg was grounded about five years ago in Antarctica.

Report: World’s water scarcity problem is even worse than previously realized

Report: World’s water scarcity problem is even worse than previously realized

The animal agriculture industry is well known for being among the most resource-intensive industries on the Earth.

Occupying nearly 45% of the Earth’s total land area, it has estimated how heavily it is contributing to the greenhouse gas emissions problem in the world range from at least 14% to a maximum of 51%.

Previously this month it came to news that a meat company called Tyson Foods, Inc. was a heavier polluter of the US waterways as compared to oil and gas giant ExxonMobil.

The intensive use of freshwater resources by meat and dairy industries has also been associated with prolonged drought in California State.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants Government to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Flint Residents

Michigan governor Rick Snyder

Michigan governor Rick Snyder has demanded for expansion of Medicaid coverage for Flint residents. The federal government should think about enlarging the coverage for individuals under 21 and pregnant ladies who have been exposed to lead-contaminated water in the city, Snyder said in a statement on Sunday.

Flint has more than 15,000 residents, who will be benefited if federal government listens to him and accept his proposal, as per Snyder’s statement. He also said that Michigan will help in the issue by lining up doctors and health experts, and providing some essential services.

Nearly four billion people worldwide facing severe water shortage

Nearly four billion people worldwide facing severe water shortage

Arjen Y. Hoekstra, a professor of water management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, said that nearly four billion people or two-thirds of the population, worldwide experiences severe water shortage at least in a month annually. The new study estimates have presented water scarcity as a bigger problem than thought earlier.

A paper that appeared on Friday in the journal Science Advances carried Dr. Hoekstra and his colleague Mesfin M. Mekonnen’s designed computer model for the creation of a more accurate picture of water scarcity worldwide.

Severe water shortage can result in crop failure and low crop yields, which may cause food price hikes and famine and widespread starvation.

After three-month warning, Dungeness Crab declared safe for consumption

After three-month warning, Dungeness Crab declared safe for consumption

Lifting a three-month health warning on eating Dungeness crab caught off the Bay Area coast, the California Department of Public Health Thursday declared the tasty crustaceans safe for consumption.

The state officials, as of now, have only permitted recreational crab fishing. The commercial crab fishing, it is learnt, may take at least a week for resumption, and that too if the state Department of Fish and Wildlife gives its approval.

The health advisory had delayed the beginning of the crab season since November. Still, people have been advised to remove the guts before cooking the crabs. Besides, the crabs must be boiled or steamed instead of being fried or broiled and the cooking water should be discarded, the health agency has said.

A Likely Solution to Mystery behind Crack Formation in Michigan Found

A Likely Solution to Mystery behind Crack Formation in Michigan Found

The mystery behind what caused a unique crack in the ground of Menominee, Michigan, five years ago in October 2010 has been cracked. Faculty and student researchers from Michigan Technological University, on studying the area for long, concluded that the pop-up occurred due to release of underground pressure on the limestone rock in the area.

The residents of the area experienced around 15 seconds of unusual movements, they thought that it was an earthquake, but scientists believed that it wasn’t an earthquake as it didn't register on a seismograph. Rather the movement was caused by something else.

House Representatives Not Happy with Barack Obama’s Attempt to cut Great Lakes budget

House Representatives Not Happy with Barack Obama’s Attempt to cut Great Lakes

Yet another attempt by US President Barack Obama to improve the federal deficit by slashing the budget for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has met with resistance from the House representatives.

On Tuesday, the US President tried to cut the budget for the GLRI by $50 million (from $300 million to $250 million) even as House representatives demanded that money be allowed to flow for the project. This was probably President Obama’s last bid before his tenure ends, in a series of several such attempts over the past two years.

Flight times across Atlantic to be impacted by alterations to jet stream caused by climate change, research suggests

Flight times across Atlantic to be impacted by alterations to jet stream caused

Published on Wednesday, a latest study suggested that flight times throughout the Atlantic are going to be impacted by changes in the jet stream, caused due to climate change.

Most part of the study has focused on the ones that have seen increased journey times, probably just a matter of minutes per flight, and the following financial expense to the airlines and the consumer.

However, amid a saga as pervasive and well-known as climate change, is there deeper implication to be gleaned or not?

Laysan albatross hatches chick at ripe age of at least 65

Laysan albatross hatches chick at ripe age of at least 65

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said that a Laysan albatross dubbed Wisdom has hatched what may be her 40th chick. It is an impressive achievement at her ripe age of around 65.

On February 1, baby Kukini was seen cracking out of its shell, under the care its father simply called 'Gooo' a name reflecting the number 6,000 on the identification band covering his leg. Gooo served on incubation duty for over 14 days while waiting for Wisdom to come back from collecting small fish, squid, and fish eggs to regurgitate to Kukini.

Arctic and Antarctic Ice Extents Decline In January 2016

Arctic and Antarctic Ice Extents Decline In January 2016

January 2016 proved to be the lowest every January for the Arctic sea ice shelves due to the region being surrounded with warm temperatures, while the cold air managed to rise up to mid-latitudes owing to low air pressure. Arctic sea ice coverage was 5.2 million square miles (13.53 million square kilometers) on an average in the month of January 2016. The figure is 402,000 square miles (1.04 million square kilometers) less than the average coverage for this month from 1981 to 2010.

Southwest America should Consider Current Drought as Normal, Study suggests

Southwest America should Consider Current Drought as Normal, Study suggests

A new study published Thursday has warned that the American Southwest should be prepared for more frequent droughts as a series of storm patterns linked to precipitation has been found becoming increasingly rare.

For the government-funded study, researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, analyzed data collected over 35 years, from 1979 to 2014. Broad storm patterns associated with wet weather were also indentified by the researchers.

As per the researchers, they found that the three of the patterns most connected to precipitation were becoming increasingly rare. It proves that the Southwest is moving into a drier climate, the study published in Geophysical Research Letters concluded. The study also said that today’s drier conditions are normal for the Southwest.

French Study reveals How Europe’s Dark Green Conifers are Boosting Global Warming

French Study reveals How Europe’s Dark Green Conifers are Boosting Global Warmin

Activists say planting more and more trees is one of the best strategies to fight climate change, but a new French research claims the approach is false. How? It suggests dark green conifers across Europe are accelerating global warming, instead of acting against it.

A team of researchers conducted a study and found that Europe's forest management has added more carbon dioxide in the earth's environment in last about 250 years. For the study, published in the journal Science, the researchers collected data on the region's land-use history since 1750 to till date.

Smelly Corpse Flower Challenges Brave People to Get a Whiff of It

Smelly Corpse Flower Challenges Brave People to Get a Whiff of It

The University of Minnesota has been daring brave people to get a whiff of foul-smelling corpse flower which is set to bloom very soon. The university has invited interested people to visit its College of Biological Sciences Conservatory and smell the flower blooming after almost seven years.

The plant, known as titan arum, is usually found in equatorial rain forests of Sumatra, Indonesia. It can reach a height of up to 6 feet and blooms after a very long time. When it’s briefly in bloom, it starts emitting smell like rotting meat.

Oregon lawmakers seek to ratify decision to de-list gray wolves from endangered group

Oregon lawmakers seek to ratify decision to de-list gray wolves from endangered

Two Republican state lawmakers have been attempting to stop a lawsuit environmental groups have filed over a decision to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act list in Oregon. Sen. Bill Hansell and Rep. Greg Barreto have proposed to approve the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's November decision of de-listing the wolves.

At present, Oregon has eighty-one wolves. State biologists have urged to strip them of the endangered status. They said that the species is no longer face extinction threat in a substantial part of its Oregon range.

However, a number of independent scientists don’t agree with them. The research has shown that Oregon may support nearly 1,450 wolves. Presently, the animals exist on only 12 % of its potential habitat.

PCB Chemical Banned in 1980s wiping out European Orcas and Dolphins: Study

PCB Chemical Banned in 1980s wiping out European Orcas and Dolphins: Study

Europe’s orca whale is at a risk of extinction due to toxic chemicals harming marine mammals since a long time, warns a study published Thursday by journal Scientific Reports. Study researchers analyzed samples of 1,000 killer whales, porpoises and dolphins and found that polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) threatens sea life.

FWS to conduct review of 11 species in the coming year

FWS to conduct review of 11 species in the coming year

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has made an announcement that it is going to carry out a review of 11 species in the next year, to determine if any merit protection as part of the US Endangered Species Act.

One of the well known animals that will be considered is Northern Rocky Mountain fisher, second-timer in the process, which belongs to a small carnivore in similar taxonomic family as minks, weasels, and otters.

They are nearly 3 to 4 feet long, weigh about 4 to 6 pounds, and are short of foot. Fishers have bushy tails, which gives them a somewhat cat-like body shape. They are found throughout Canada, Great Lakes, the US Pacific Northwest, Northern Rocky Mountains, and New England.

Next Ice Age Postponed By Humanity: Study

Next Ice Age Postponed By Humanity: Study

A study by the scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has revealed that human activities are likely to affect the emergence of the next ice age. As the scientists uncover the mystery behind glacial inception, they have established a unique functional association between the summer insolation and atmospheric CO2 concentration. This association provides the primary explanation for the occurrence of previous eight ice ages.

New Study says Clouds a major reason behind rapidly melting Greenland Ice Sheet

New Study says Clouds a major reason behind rapidly melting Greenland Ice Sheet

A new study has claimed that clouds are playing a bigger role in the rapid melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, which is the second largest ice sheet in the world. Almost one-third of global the sea level rise has been attributed to this phenomenon.

The latest finding is in sharp contrast to previous studies conducted by scientists wherein they had concluded that clouds may not play that big a role in sea level rise.

Published on January 12, 2016, in Nature Communications, the study was led by the University of Leuven in Belgium.

End of Holocene Epoch, Time to Welcome Anthropocene Epoch: Report

End of Holocene Epoch, Time to Welcome Anthropocene Epoch: Report

Several members of scientific community think human species have entered a new geologic era: the Anthropocene Epoch.

A report published Thursday in journal Science suggested that use of plastic, concrete and other fossil fuels that we burnt has changed the planet enough to declare the beginning of a new era and end of the thousands of years old Holocene Epoch.

Last about seven decades played a vital role in altering the earth. In the time, humans not only went far from our Holocene ancestors, but also took our planet towards a very tough phase, according to the report.

Years of Less Rain in California Taking Heavy Toll on State’s Forests: Study

California’s Drought Badly Affecting State’s Forests

Researchers, through a recently conducted study, have found that less amount of rainfall in California is causing an irreversible harm to the state’s forests. Previously it has been known that drought in the state has drained lakes and caused landslides.

A team of researchers at Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science in their study concluded that up to 58 million large trees in California have faced loss of water since 2011 due to state’s historic drought.

Such a long duration of water shortage can be really life threatening for tree, said researchers. High temperature coupled with insect outbreaks including from the destructive bark beetle is increasing the risk of trees dying that would trigger widespread changes in several ecosystems.




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