We can still save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, bleaching

We can still save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, bleaching

This is part of our series, “Rebooting the Reef,” on efforts to save one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.  No one would challenge the majesty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Nearly 1,500 miles long, the reef is alight with a kaleidoscope of vivid colours. It’s home to roughly 9,000 species of fish, molluscs, whales and other creatures. In 1981, the reef was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a status that helps it draw…

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Must-See Destinations Of Natural Wonders Around The World

Must-See Destinations Of Natural Wonders Around The World

The top 15 natural wonders shaped by water and how climate change is impacting them Water is a precious resource and one of the fundamental parts of life of earth.  Throughout history water has helped to shape some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes on the planet. High Tide Technologies has compiled a list of the top 15 natural wonders have been shaped by water and are in danger of being impacted by the…

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Kauai’s Limahuli Garden & Preserve showcases the ancient Polynesians’ ‘botanical tool kits’ – LA Times

Kauai’s Limahuli Garden & Preserve showcases the ancient Polynesians’ ‘botanical tool kits’ – LA Times

Limahuli, which means “turning hands,” is much more than just a pretty place. Said Kawika Winter, the garden’s director: “People drive to the end of the road … hike the trail and look at the coastline, but what many don’t recognize is that they’re standing in the most biodiverse eco region of the entire [Hawaiian] archipelago in a place with a very deep cultural history.” Source link

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Yellowstone National Park supervolcano

Yellowstone National Park supervolcano

THE supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park in the US may erupt more quickly than previously thought, researchers warned this week. Scientists from Arizona State University who analysed minerals in fossilised ash from the most recent mega-eruption about 630,000 years ago found the supervolcano woke up after fresh magma flowed into the caldera, a 64-kilometre-wide bowl, National Geographic reported. The previous eruption occurred in about the same time frame before that — 1.3 million years ago…

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What is Unesco, why did Donald Trump take the US out of it and what are World Heritage sites?

What is Unesco, why did Donald Trump take the US out of it and what are World Heritage sites?

UNESCO is one of the most important parts of the UN with its declared purpose being to facilitate peace and international collaboration through educational, scientific and cultural reforms. The US has signalled that it will be leaving Unesco in December over what they described as anti-Israel bias. Here’s everything you need to know about Unesco. Alamy The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in our world. What is Unesco? Unesco,…

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Stunning Natural Wonders In Australia | National Geographic AU

Stunning Natural Wonders In Australia | National Geographic AU

NEW SOUTH WALES Take a break from hiking Lord Howe Island to enjoy a boat ride around Ball’s Pyramid. PHOTOGRAPH BY SOUTHERN LIGHTSCAPES/GETTY IMAGES Lord Howe Island is a tiny dot in the Tasman Sea, roughly a third of the way between Australia and New Zealand. Look for massive basalt mountains that rise straight up out of the ocean, with craggy cliffs covered with greenery for a definite South Pacific feel. The hiking is tremendous…

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Tourism Australia’s 50th Anniversary: Photos of Australia’s Natural Wonders That Will Leave You in Awe

Tourism Australia’s 50th Anniversary: Photos of Australia’s Natural Wonders That Will Leave You in Awe

Australia Tourism Australia is celebrating its 50th year, and it marked the occasion by announcing that tourist numbers from India has risen 15 percent this year. We mark the occasion with a look at Australia’s most treasured natural wonders. Anoop Menon | Updated: October 10, 2017 11:08 PM IST It’s kind of cliche to say that Australia is a whole different world, but the smallest of our world’s seven continents, isolated for billions of years,…

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Hippos face extinction due to ivory demand for their teeth — Quartz

Hippos face extinction due to ivory demand for their teeth — Quartz

When it comes to the global wildlife trade, conservationists have a long list of things to be worried about. They might need to add hippos to the top of that list. A recent study published in the African Journal of Ecology by researchers from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong reveals significant discrepancies in the trade volumes of hippo teeth could be threatening their survival. Hippos are classified as vulnerable…

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Extinct Species Back From the Dead After 100 Years

Extinct Species Back From the Dead After 100 Years

An insect that was long taken for dead has been found. The Lord Howe Island stick insect, considered extinct for years, still walks—or crawls—the Earth. Hungry rodents diminished their numbers long ago. When rats, stowing away on ships, came to Lord Howe Island, they found a tasty new food source in the Lord Howe Island stick insect. Rats ate so many that scientists believed these creepy crawlies had been eaten completely off the island. The…

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Prince Charles warns ‘plastic on the menu’ in world’s fish

Prince Charles warns ‘plastic on the menu’ in world’s fish

Eight million tonnes of plastic waste are entering the world’s oceans every year Britain’s Prince Charles said that plastic is now “on the menu” in the fish we eat and called for decisive action as he opened a conference Thursday on protecting the world’s oceans. The heir to the British throne, a long-time champion of environmental causes, told the European Union-backed conference in Malta that ferocious hurricanes and coral reef loss are “wake-up” calls in…

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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Delhi ‘poor’ air quality may affect games

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Delhi ‘poor’ air quality may affect games

A day before the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off in Delhi, environment NGO Greenpeace said on Thursday the level of coarse air pollutants PM10 “far exceeded” the safe levels in the host cities of the tournament last October. The Greenpeace report came on a day the national capital recorded ‘poor’ air quality for the second consecutive day. The NGO claimed high level of PM10 may “reduce” the quality of football played during the tournament….

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Save wild life-63rd Wildlife Week celebrated

Save wild life-63rd Wildlife Week celebrated

“Save wildlife” was the message in the 63rd Wildlife week celebrated on Thursday at Sajjangarh Biological Park. Spot painting was organised to promote this message. Celebrating the 63rd Wildlife week in Sajjangarh Biological Park, spot painting was organised to promote the message of saving wildlife. As per Forest conservator Hariny V 81 students of 16 schools participated in the junior group and 86 students of 20 schools participated in the senior group for spot painting….

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Sean Gallagher Launches Everyday Extinction Instagram

Sean Gallagher Launches Everyday Extinction Instagram

Grantee and National Geographic photographer Sean Gallagher launched a new Instagram project, Everyday Extinction, highlighting the mass biodiversity extinction underway around the world. In an interview with In Sight, the photography section of The Washington Post, Gallagher explains the goal behind the project: “I have been using Instagram as a key way to share environmental issues with my audience, but I realized that there was no one feed that was highlighting the biodiversity extinction crisis.” Everyday Extinction…

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Navy dolphins to help in fight to save porpoises from extinction

Navy dolphins to help in fight to save porpoises from extinction

MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Published 1:36 p.m. PT Oct. 6, 2017 Members of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program load bottlenose dolphins aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27J Spartan aircraft at Naval Base North Island, in Coronado, California, Oct. 5, 2017. The dolphins and their trainers are deploying to assist Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources in searching for the few remaining vaquita porpoises in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California.(Photo: Petty Officer…

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Slow and steady, a tortoise is beating extinction

Slow and steady, a tortoise is beating extinction

The Burmese star tortoise was declared functionally extinct in the early 2000s, but conservation efforts have helped the species make a comeback. The Burmese star tortoise was almost history. By the early 2000s, the natives of central Myanmar’s deserts had dwindled to such low counts in the wild that ecologists declared them functionally extinct. About the size of a football when mature, the animals sported yellow polygon patterns across their shells that helped them camouflage…

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Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably | Inhabitat

Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably | Inhabitat

How do you persuade people to adopt sustainable lifestyles? A team of Swiss architecture students believes in the power of demonstration—and they’ve designed and built the eco-friendly NeighborHub to prove their point. Conceived as a collaborative community space, the NeighborHub is a transformable, shared space that demonstrates innovative solutions, from renewable energy and water management to biodiversity and sustainable mobility. The NeighborHub is a community space that provides innovation solutions to the challenges of climate…

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