Article: New Species Discovered in 2011


The following link is to an article reporting on the top 10 species discovered in 2011 around the world.

For more visit:
http://grist.org/list/the-top-10-new-species-of-2011-including-a-walking-cactus-and-spongebob-squarepants/

Article: Wildlife – The Christmas Island Pipistrelle


Tiny Native Bat Now Feared Extinct

The following link is to an article reporting on the feared extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0523-hance-christmas-island-pipistrelle.html

Article: Wildlife – The Three-Toed Pygmy Sloth


Less Than 100 Animals Remain

The following link is to an article reporting on the endangered Three-Toed Pygmy Sloth. Less than 100 of these animals now remain in the wild on the uninhabited Escudo Island off Panama.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0523-hance-pygmy-sloths.html

Article: India – Maharashtra


Rangers Can Now Shoot Tiger Poachers on Sight

The following link is to an article reporting that poachers of Tigers in the Indian state of Maharashtra, can now be shot on sight by forest rangers.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0525-shoot-on-sight-india.html

Article: Five Mountains Deadlier Than Everest


The following link is to an article reporting on the five of the most dangerous mountains in the world – Kangchenjunga in India, K2 between China and Pakistan, Annapurna in Nepal, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir and The Eiger in Switzerland.

For more visit:
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/127841

Article: USA – Washington


Mount St Helens Still Recovering

The following link is to an article reporting on the recovery of Mount St Helens thirty years after the volcanic explosion that destroyed the surrounding area.

For more visit:
http://www.livescience.com/6450-mount-st-helens-recovering-30-years.html

Article: Australia – Great Barrier Reef


Call for Marine Park Expansion

The following link is to an article reporting on calls for an expansion to the planned marine park in the Coral Sea. The planned marine park will protect an area of almost 1 million square kilometres, making it the world’s largest protected marine area.

For more visit:
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/calls-to-expand-marine-protection-in-coral-sea-20120525-1z8oi.html

Article: The North Pacific Gyre


The following link is to an article reporting on the North Pacific Gyre, the so-called Pacific garbage patch. It’s an interesting read and may clear up some misconceptions on the region.

For more visit:
http://io9.com/5911969/lies-youve-been-told-about-the-pacific-garbage-patch

Article: Solar System – New Planet?


The following link is to an article reporting on the possible discovery of a new planet in the solar system.

For more visit:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/05/120511-new-planet-solar-system-kuiper-belt-space-science/