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Cobwebs contain Valuable Information about Spider and its Prey

Cobwebs contain Valuable Information about Spider and its Prey

Who wants to see spider traps in their homes? When we see cobwebs, we clean them without even thinking once. But, a new study revealed these messy spider lairs could be important. They may have precious information for researchers.

Study researchers have found that cobwebs may contain DNA of the creature and its prey. These samples of DNA can be sequenced and amplified for analysis, as per the study. The researchers said an empty spider trap doesn’t always mean empty. It could reveal what kind of spider made the web and who was the unlucky prey, they added.

Bill Gates to Launch Multibillion-Dollar Clean Energy Initiative

Bill Gates to Launch Multibillion-Dollar Clean Energy Initiative

The famous American business magnate and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is expected to announce a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund. The announcement could be on Monday during the opening of the Paris climate summit.

It was told that the fund will be so far the largest such effort in history and will be used for research and development of new clean-energy technologies.

Several other billionaires and philanthropies will also make their contributions in the fund. People with knowledge of the plans said that it will also include commitments from the US and other participating nations to double their budget for clean energy research and development.

90% of major disasters are a result of dangerous weather, Research shows

90% of major disasters are a result of dangerous weather, Research shows

According to a latest research, dangerous weather has resulted into a staggering 90% of major disasters. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reductions reported that the data has disclosed that 6,457 recorded floods, heat waves, droughts, storms and other weather-related disasters have caused a huge damage to different areas worldwide over the last 20 years.

The United States reported 472 natural disasters and was hit the hardest. It was followed by China, India, the Philippines, and Indonesia. According to the researchers estimations the US spends between $250 billion and $300 billion every year over natural disasters.The first Climate Change Conference was held in 1995 and since then, 606,000 people have lost their lives and 4.1 billion people have been injured.

Increased carbon dioxide level in ocean causes rapid growth of coccolithophores: Study

Increased carbon dioxide level in ocean causes rapid growth of coccolithophores

According to a new study, environmental changes like the riseof carbon dioxide levels in water have resulted into the rapid growth of a microscopic marine alga in North Atlantic. John Hopkins University researchers have discovered that there is a 10 times rise in the number of coccolithophores, single-celled algae and protists that are present in the oceans across the world, from 1965 to 2010.

In the past 50 years, these small calcifying plants that are part of the marine ecosystem foundation have significantly increased from 2% to over 20% in 2010, with spikes noted in the 1990s.

Republicans in Congress Attack Obama’s Climate-Change Agenda

Republicans in Congress Attack Obama’s Climate-Change Agenda

It is known that a global climate summit is scheduled to take place in Paris where several countries of the world will sign agreement to combat global warming and climate change. But republicans in Congress are trying to weaken Obama’s position ahead of the summit.

Republicans are majorly targeting on Obama’s administration rules to reduce emission of carbon from power plants. They are even working hard to block federal funds that are meant to support the global efforts meant to stop climate change.

The House has planned to vote next week on couple of measures that would cancel Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Earlier in mid-November the Senate also voted to cancel the rules.

90% of natural disasters occurred in past two decades were weather-related, UN reports

90% of natural disasters occurred in past two decades were weather-related

As per a report published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), on Monday, 90% of natural disasters that took place in the last 20 years were weather-related.

The global catastrophes, including floods, heat waves, extreme cold, storms and droughts have taken more than 600,000 lives and affected an average of 4 billion people across the globe.

While making this report, the UNISDR in partnership with the Belgian-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) collected and analyzed data since the first Climate Change Conference that held in 1995.

The report said that every year between 1995 and 2015,an estimated 205 million people were left homeless, got wounded or required emergency assistance due to 6,457 weather-related disasters.

Scientists say Western Great Lakes Gray Wolves Still Need Protection

Scientists say Western Great Lakes Gray Wolves Still Need Protection

A group of worried scientists and experts expressed their concerns over gray wolves in the western Great Lakes. While criticizing other scientists suggesting removal of the animal from the federal endangered species list, the group said Tuesday that protection of Great Lakes wolves should be continued.

Earth’s Magnetic Field won’t flip in near Future: Study

Earth’s Magnetic Field won’t flip in near Future: Study

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week announced that geomagnetic field of earth won’t flip within human lifetime. The planet’s magnetic field that extends from the interior of earth to where it meets the solar wind may be getting weaker, but it is still above the long-term average, as per the study.

Dennis Kent, a paleomagnetism expert and an author of the study, said the geomagnetic field of earth may ‘go back the other direction’ in about a century. The magnetic field is the prime reason life exists on earth. Without it, our planet would be a barren world.

Private Funding Has Had Major Influence on Overall Polarization of Climate Change in US

Private Funding Has Had Major Influence on Overall Polarization of Climate Chang

Researchers in a recent study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reviewed nearly 20 years of data in order to show how climate change-denying groups and individuals who received money from Exxon Mobil and the Koch brothers began to amalgamate their messages in 2007.

Study author Justin Farrell and a sociologist at Yale University told ThinkProgress that the issue that corporate funding influences climate change has been discussed among people since long, but they lacked the data to fully support the conclusions.

Textbooks in California Portray Science behind Climate Change Wrongly

Textbooks in California Portray Science behind Climate Change Wrongly

Researchers at the Stanford University through a recently conducted study have found that some textbooks in California misrepresent the actual science behind climate change.

According to the paper published in the Environmental Education Research Journal, the textbooks analyzed during the study presented the public debate about climate change and not the scientific reality behind it.

KC Busch, a doctoral candidate in science education at Stanford Graduate School of Education, said, “We found that through language choices, the text portrayed climate change as uncertain along several lines, such as whether climate change was happening, whether humans were causing it and what the effects will be”.

90% of Disasters over Past Two Decades Were Due To Weather-Related Events

90% of Disasters over Past Two Decades Were Due To Weather-Related Events

The United Nations has recently released a new disaster report which shows that over the past 10 years, weather-related disasters have occurred almost daily. In other words, the weather-related disasters have occurred almost twice of what occurred two decades ago.

The report titled, ‘The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters’, concluded that over the past two decades nearly 90% of the disasters were weather-related and rest 10% of the disasters occurred were geographical disasters that included earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

As per study authors, whether the rise in weather events is associated to climate change is still under debate. But several climatologists agree on the point that warming up of the atmosphere aggravates the severity of some weather related disasters.

Distressed humpback spotted off Dana Point in Orange County late Friday

Distressed humpback spotted off Dana Point in Orange County late Friday

Southern California whale watchers have been searching for a humpback entangled in netting and what appears to be a buoy. On Saturday, an owner of a whale- and dolphin-watching company, Dave Anderson said that one of his boats carrying tourists has seen the troubled whale off Dana Point in Orange County on late Friday.

Whale watching boats from Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari and Dana Wharf Sportfishing observed the whale but were already too late to try disentanglement. Anderson said that rescue team members think that it was the same humpback whale that was seen off Redondo Beach on October 27.

They said that it would’ve been right to use a tracking device for monitoring the route of the whale, which generally tends to be very unpredictable.

Ancient Forest discovered in Arctic Norway linked to Climate Shift in History

Ancient Forest discovered in Arctic Norway linked to Climate Shift in History

Earlier, researchers found remains of 400-million-year old forest in arctic Norway. Now, researchers from the United Kingdom revealed that the ancient tropical forest is linked to a climate shift in the history of our home planet. They believe trees of the forest were behind the climate shift.

Dr. Chris Berry from Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences recognized the ancient fossil forest in Svalbard. In a statement, Berry said, “These fossil forests show us what the vegetation and landscape were like on the equator 380 million years ago, as the first trees were beginning to appear on the earth”.

US Vice President gives passionate closing remarks at Summit on Climate Change and the road Through Paris

US Vice President gives passionate closing remarks at Summit on Climate Change

Joe Biden, US Vice President, gave passionate closing remarks at the 'Summit on Climate Change and the road Through Paris' at the White House. The event was part of the on-going preparations for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris in December.

Everybody knows that the climate change is a vital issue for Americans, and certainly for the White House. So, the present administration, with the sustained efforts done by both the President and Vice President, has taken out time and dedicated energy to make sure that big business understands the point, be part of it, remain aware about the rules of the road going forward, and can know about the impact of their actions on climate change.

Threats from Melting Antarctica Not Realistic

Threats from Melting Antarctica Not Realistic

We all have been aware of the fact that rising temperature is causing melting down of Antarctica's ice sheets that can cause a huge rise in the sea level. Now a new study has given some new details on the melting of Antarctica's ice sheets.

As per experts, the warming temperature across the world is expected to make the vast kilometers-thick ice sheet grow unstable. Earlier models have shown that this ice sheet's collapse could cause as much as 50cm or even a meter of sea level rise across the world.

According to study, the sea level rise in the worst-case scenario will not be certainly more than 30cm, by the year 2100.

France to take decision over Paris climate change rally by Thursday

France to take decision over Paris climate change rally by Thursday

On Tuesday, an organizer said that amid worries over security post attacks that killed 129 people, France is going to take a decision in coming couple of days on whether or not to allow climate change activists to stage a rally in Paris on the eve of a UN summit on November 29.

Despite the attacks that have been claimed by Islamic State militants, campaigners went to meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who will be the host of the November 30-Decemebr 11 summit, for putting their case for the march in central Paris.

Speaking to Reuters, Eros Sana, an organizer at the environmental activist group 350.org, said the government ‘will respond to them on Wednesday evening or Thursday regarding the security and logistics’.

Six quintillion gallons of groundwater present in upper earth’s crust

Six quintillion gallons of groundwater present in upper earth’s crust

More than two billion people in the world are dependent on groundwater from drinking purposes every day. It is even pumped out to grow crops and plays a vital environmental role. Lately, a research has been done to have an idea of how much groundwater is there and what is its age and how long it has been underground.

The research paper published in Nature Geoscience has unveiled that there are six quintillion gallons of groundwater in the upper 1.2 miles of the Earth's crust. Study’s lead researcher Tom Gleeson, a hydrogeologist at the University of Victoria in Canada said, “Our maps and estimates show where the groundwater is quickly being renewed and where it is old and stagnant and non-renewable”.

Paris conference expected to produce agreements on battling climate change

Paris conference expected to produce agreements on battling climate change

From November 30, the United Nations climate conference will start in Paris. The meeting will be attended by as many as 40,000 officials and heads of different nations. Though our hearts go to what tragic incident has happened in Paris, it is also important to ensure that climate change remains as the global economic agenda for the next 15 years.

Experts said that the Paris meeting would be a conclusion to many such discussions on climate change. It is expected that the conference will result into agreements on battling climate change. In the meeting, one of the aspects, which would be surely discussed, is economic impact of the measures to be taken.

Australia and China sign Deal to Share Information on Sea Ice Conditions around Antarctica

Australia and China sign Deal to Share Information on Sea Ice Conditions around

Scientists from Australia and china have recently signed a deal under which both the countries will share information on predicting the growth of sea ice in Antarctic waters.

According to ABC news, the agreement was signed between China's National Marine Environment Forecasting Centre and Australia's Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in Hobart city.

CRC’s acting Chief Executive Mark Kelleher said the agreement requires Australian and Chinese scientists to share information about sea ice conditions around the region.

“This agreement is about us pooling our capabilities, so that we can become better at forecasting where the sea ice difficulties are going to be and therefore helping navigation processes”, he said.

Minors want to have say in planet’s future

Minors want to have say in planet’s future

A number of youngsters want that their opinion should be included in the planet’s future. Therefore, minors across the nation have been filing cases against states and the federal government asking them to take action to curb climate change.

According to minors, they will be at the bearing end. Youngsters said that the government has the responsibility to save natural resources, atmosphere and even the trust of future generations. The Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust has been at the forefront in filing cases or administrative petitions in every state and the federal government.




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