Whale Shark Mapping


The link below is to an article that looks at the mapping of Whale Sharks.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0827-dasgupta-whale-shark-mapping.html

Antarctic moss a charming but chilling sign of warming


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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.

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Australia has been invaded by giant feral cats


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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:

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Fears for seabirds as global warming affects coastline


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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…

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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:
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/media/OEHmedia13082800.htm