Antarctic moss a charming but chilling sign of warming


A fleecy clump of moss growing on the Antarctic Peninsula might not seem like much of a sight to behold, but it’s a sign of a climate in flux.

The patch of Polytrichum moss, sampled in 2008 by scientists at Alexander Island’s Lazarev Bay, either did not exist or was slumbering beneath ice when the peninsula was first spotted by Russian sailors in 1820.

But now it is flourishing on ice-free rock — the world’s southernmost such moss bank.

View original post 276 more words

Australia has been invaded by giant feral cats


Man, the Australian ecosystem doesn’t do anything by halves. Everything is either the weirdest, most poisonous, or straight-up biggest version of itself. Right now they’re battling feral cats, but of course they can’t just be normal feral cats — they have to be 45-pound feral cats that can only be eradicated by specially trained dogs.

The director of terrestrial ecosystems for the Northern Territory Department of Land Resource Management apparently told Vice that the cats weren’t that much bigger than regular domestic cats, but I dunno, look at this shit:

View original post 225 more words

Fears for seabirds as global warming affects coastline


Puffins, terns, and butterflies are among the key species in the U.K. being put at risk from global warming, which is transforming the U.K.’s coastal areas as sea levels rise and storms grow fiercer, a study by the National Trust has found.

Sea levels are predicted to rise by up to half a meter by the turn of the century, and coastal erosion is accelerating, with a fourfold increase in landslips reported.

Puffin chicks are having a particularly hard time — their preferred meal of sand eels is disappearing, owing to overfishing and changing ocean temperatures, and in their place a new fish has moved into U.K. waters that the chicks find indigestible. The newcomer is the snake pipefish, normally found in warmer waters but moving northwards as the climate changes — with devastating effects for puffins, as it is bony and hard for the birds to eat. Some chicks have been…

View original post 510 more words

Media Release: Remediation Ordered for Sugarloaf State Conservation Area

The link below is to a media release concerning remediation of the Sugarloaf State Conservation Area in New South Wales, Australia.

For more visit:

Australia: New South Wales – Sugarloaf State Conservation Area Mining Damage

The link below is to an article reporting on the mine subsidence disaster in the Sugarloaf State Conservation Area of New South Wales, Australia.

For more visit: