Iraq: First National Park – the Central Marshes of Iraq


The links below are to articles reporting on the naming of Iraq’a first national park – the Central Marshes of Iraq.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0819-hance-iraq-national-park.html
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/31/new-iraqi-national-park-may-be-a-game-changer/

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Australia: Indigenous Language Map


The link below is to an article that reports on the recently developed ‘Indigenous Language Map,’ which is a crucial tool in preserving Aboriginal culture and languages in Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/mapping-aboriginal-language.htm

Australia: Northern Territory – Crocodile Attack at Mary River


The link below is to an article reporting on a crocodile attack in the Northern Territory’s Mary River region.

For more visit:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10264863/Swimmer-snatched-by-crocodile-in-Australian-river.html

United Kingdom: Climate Change a Threat to Puffins


The link below is to an article reporting on the climate change threat to Puffins.

For more visit:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/23/us-britain-climate-puffins-idUSBRE97M0O020130823

Queensland: North Stradbroke Island – Sand Mining Extension


The link below is to an article that reports on protests against further sand mining on Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/stradbroke-groups-protest-mining-operation.htm

These photos of red lightning are unsettling yet cool


Grist

What’s that saying? “Red sky in morning, sailors take warning”? Or was it “Go, greased lightning”?! I guess if you combine the two, you get these unnerving photos of red lightning, Although nobody’s penned a musical number about that yet, so please go for it:

IS THIS AN X-FILE, you ask? No. It’s a real-life file, which is scarier. Researchers with the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Lewis College have been chasing sprites this summer:

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Guam: Destroying the Snakes


The link below is to an article reporting on efforts to control introduced Brown Tree Snakes on Guam.

For more visit:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-govt-air-drop-toxic-mice-guam-snakes