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  • Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

    02/11/2019 1:52:51 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/10/19 | Damian Carrington
    The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century. The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported...
  • Fish die as Lower Santa Cruz is diverted for Ina bridge construction

    11/23/2017 8:16:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Tucson.com ^ | November 13/20, 2017 | Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
    Up to 1,000 non-native fish died in the Lower Santa Cruz River, a retired fish biologist says, because a state contractor diverted river water for an Ina Road bridge construction project. The diversion moved the river’s treated sewage effluent from the west bank to the east bank, away from the towering, shady willow trees along the west bank. It ended Friday, a little more than a week after it started, when the contractor dug a new channel near the bridge site to reverse the effluent’s course back to the west bank. The diversion “was a necessary part of the construction,”...
  • Potentiam: More than an ecosystem for music lovers

    10/07/2017 8:32:12 AM PDT · by Logicbox
    Crypto Economy ^ | 5 October, 2017 | CryptoEconomy_Team
    In these times of ICO’s boom, the various platforms and innovative projects that come to us based on blockchain technology certainly cover all types of areas, ensuring a rapid evolution of the acceptance of this technology in everyday life. In the case of the music industry, blockchain technology makes it possible to realize one of the dreamed premises: decentralizing the omnipotence of the big fishes of the music industry in favor of musicians, composers, and performers. And without leaving aside the fans. On this occasion, we will talk about the Potentiam project and its interesting proposal for the music sector.
  • Windows 10 Devices Impress, But It Won't Matter Because Microsoft's Mobile Ecosystem Is Crumbling

    10/07/2015 2:57:55 PM PDT · by catnipman · 33 replies
    IBT ^ | 10/7/2015 | Paul McDougall
    The fact is, the mobile purchasing decision for most consumers is now more about buying into, and sticking with, an ecosystem than it is about a particular device -- no matter how well crafted. And Microsoft’s ecosystem can’t yet compete with what’s on offer from Apple, with its iTunes store, Beats 1 streaming radio, Apple TV and other cloud services. Phones that run Google Android, meanwhile, boast more than a million apps and seamless integration with a host of services like Docs, YouTube and Gmail. Microsoft’s problem is that most users in the U.S. already are on Android, which holds...
  • About 40 whales trapped in Florida's Everglades National Park (+video)

    12/04/2013 7:07:33 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/4/13 | Elizabeth Barber
    Four of about 40 pilot whales stranded in the Everglades National Park in southwest Florida have died, news media reported on Wednesday morning. About 30 whales are trapped in the shallow water near Everglades National Park, and about 10 whales are beached on the park’s shore, Reuters reported. Four of the beached whales have died, the news agency said.
  • The Culture Of Corruption Redux

    08/20/2006 6:57:40 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 8 replies · 756+ views
    Captains Quarters ^ | 08/20/2006 | Captain Ed
    When the Democrats adopted the "culture of corruption" meme as their campaign theme earlier this year, we noted that the culture hardly respected party lines. The leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, Harry Reid, took contributions from clients of Jack Abramoff and intervened on their behalf at least four times, and Abramoff hired one of Reid's staffers and started holding fundraisers for the Senate Minority Leader in Abramoff's offices. Now COGirl at Hang Right Politics points us towards a Los Angeles Times report on the "culture of corruption" surrounding Harry Reid and a new real-estate development outside of Las Vegas....
  • Drilling may kill Mediterranean ecosystem: WWF

    02/09/2011 11:25:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/9/11 | AFP
    ROME (AFP) – A rush to drill in the gas-rich Mediterranean may do permanent damage to the sea's wildlife as it takes at least a millennium for an ecosystem to grow, the World Wildlife Fund warned Wednesday. Drilling in the Mediterranean's eastern region shared by Turkey, Israel and Egypt, "could cause irreversible damage" to its biodiversity, said Sergi Tudela, head of WWF's Mediterranean Fisheries Programme. The area hosts rare and millennia-old species such as deep-sea sponges, worms, mollusks and cold water corals, and therefore are "particularly fragile and vulnerable to external interference," he added in a statement. Once a deep-sea...
  • Killer Shrimp assault British shrimp, threaten Ecosystem

    09/14/2010 2:28:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2010 | Casey Bayer
    Killer shrimp are invading UK waters and raising concern among scientists. Killer shrimp may threaten the balance of life in fresh-water ecosystems.On Sept. 9, Britain's Environment Agency issued an alert that "killer shrimp" were spotted in a fresh-water reservoir in Cambridgeshire, England. Before you have a 28 Days Later moment, take a deep breath. These tiny crustaceans, the Dikerogammarus villosus shrimp, which can grow up to 3 centimeters (about 1 inch) in length, pose no direct danger to humans. But the killer shrimp is bigger than local species – and more aggressive. The "killer shrimp" eats other shrimp and small...
  • Remarks by the First Lady, Senator Bill Frist, Mayor Cory Booker and Dr. Jim Gavin...

    04/02/2010 10:51:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 492+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | April 1, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-first-lady-foundation-chair-announcement-conference-call Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the First Lady For Immediate Release April 01, 2010 Remarks by the First Lady, Senator Bill Frist, Mayor Cory Booker and Dr. Jim Gavin at Foundation Chair Announcement Conference Call Via telephone 11:02 A.M. EDT MRS. OBAMA: Well, good morning, everyone. This is Mrs. Obama. It’s good to have you all on the line. Thank you so much for joining us as we take another very important step forward in the work to address America’s childhood obesity crisis. This...
  • Fear The Blobfish [It frowns. It leers. Sometimes, it even drools]

    02/18/2010 6:27:27 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 37 replies · 1,387+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 17-18, 2010 | John Kass
    <p>With its humanlike face, the blobfish is a creature of nightmares, and who knows what terrors it could bring upon us.</p> <p>Federal fish fighters this week are preparing further assaults on the feared Asian carp, with nets, electrified fences, poison — whatever they can do to stop the terrifying beast from entering the Great Lakes.</p>
  • Animalistic Shakespeares Explored

    02/03/2009 9:29:56 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 673+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 3, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Animalistic Shakespeares Explored by: Bethany Stotts, February 03, 2009 Not only did the Bard speak to human nature and love, but he also spoke to philosophy, epistemology, and sociology, according to four Modern Language Association (MLA) scholars speaking at a panel arranged by the Division on Shakespeare. They argued at this year’s MLA Convention that Shakespeare used complicated ecosystemic imagery to evoke concepts of Atomism, to delineate a continuum of animals, to explore nature’s indecipherability, and to comment on power struggles between social groups. Hamlet. The reflections of the melancholy protagonist Hamlet reflect the tenets of atomism, argued North Carolina...
  • With cats away, rabbits play — and native birds threatened again on Australian island

    01/13/2009 10:59:36 AM PST · by Sopater · 15 replies · 762+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | January 13, 2009 | MICHAEL CASEY
    BANGKOK, Thailand - It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds. But the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover, researchers said Tuesday. Removing the cats from Macquarie "caused environmental devastation" that will cost authorities 24 million Australian dollars ($16.2 million) to remedy, Dana Bergstrom of the Australian Antarctic Division and her colleagues wrote in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied...
  • One is the loneliest number for mine-dwelling bacterium

    10/09/2008 11:01:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 802+ views
    Nature News ^ | 9 October 2008 | Laura Starr
    Sole member of world's first single-species ecosystem depends on rocks and radioactivity for life. The rod-shaped D. audaxviator was recovered from thousands of litres of water collected deep in the Mponeng Mine in South Africa.Greg Wanger, J. Craig Venter Institute / Gordon Southam, University of Western Ontario Nestled kilometres down in the hot, dark vaults of Earth's crust, scientists have discovered a remarkably lonely bacterium species. The rod-shaped bacterium, Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator, lives independently of any other organism in a part of the Mponeng gold mine near Johannesburg, South Africa, some 2.8 kilometres beneath Earth's surface. There, water flows from...
  • Mass Extinction and "Rise of Slime" Predicted for Oceans

    08/20/2008 11:03:49 AM PDT · by cogitator · 50 replies · 432+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 08/13/2008
    Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in a bold new assessment of the oceans and their ecological health. Jackson believes that human impacts are laying the groundwork for mass extinctions in the oceans on par with vast ecological upheavals of the past. ... "All of the different kinds of data and methods of...
  • N.J. Buddhists fined for buying animals, releasing them into wild

    08/14/2007 12:00:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 17 replies · 461+ views
    AP viaTrentonian.com ^ | August 14, 2007 | staff reporter
    PATERSON - A New York sect of Amitabha Buddhists bought hundreds of eels, frogs and turtles in Chinatown to set them free in the Passaic River, hoping they would not only survive but also realize their karmic potential. Saving the animals, though, did not do anything for the karma of the state Department of Environmental Protection. DEP pfficials say the Buddhists did not have a permit and may be subject to fines up to $1,000. Releasing critters into the wild takes a permit - and because of fears of harm being done by nonnative species, New Jersey is reluctant to...
  • Yellowstone Grizzly Bears No Longer An Endangered Species

    03/23/2007 12:42:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies · 1,650+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | March 23, 2007
    After nearly disappearing three decades ago, grizzly bears are thriving in the Yellowstone ecosystem and no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Deputy Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlett recently announced...
  • Hebrew University researchers uncover eight previously unknown species (Secret cave found in Israel)

    05/31/2006 7:19:28 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 28 replies · 958+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | May 31, 2006 | Staff
    Discovery of eight previously unknown, ancient animal species within "a new and unique underground ecosystem" in Israel was revealed today by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers. In a press conference on the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University, the researchers said the discovery came about when a small opening was found, leading to a cave extending to a depth of 100 meters beneath the surface of a quarry in the vicinity of Ramle, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The quarry is operated by cement manufacturer Nesher Industries. The cave, which has been dubbed the Ayalon Cave, is "unique in...
  • Bottled water, a natural resource taxing the world's ecosystem (BARF ALERT)

    02/10/2006 9:16:02 AM PST · by ConservativeBamaFan · 34 replies · 722+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/10/2006 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Bottled water consumption, which has more than doubled globally in the last six years, is a natural resource that is heavily taxing the world's ecosystem, according to a new US study. "Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing, producing unecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy," according to Emily Arnold, author of the study published by the Earth Policy Institute, a Washington-based environmental group. Arnold said although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can end up costing 10,000 times...
  • Love of sushi could help Calif. coastal ecosystem

    10/29/2005 10:46:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 815+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - America's growing appetite for exotic sushi may help preserve vanishing beds of seaweed seen as an important part of the ecosystem along the California coastline. Diners in sushi restaurants are eating ever greater amounts of sea urchin roe, known as Uni, creating a $23 million industry in California for harvesting the creatures, the California Sea Urchin Commission said this week. The spiny echinoderms, a potential peril to swimmers stepping on rocks, feast on kelp, which is dwindling along California's coastline. Divers in the state now harvest 800,000 pounds of Uni annually, the Sea Urchin Commission said,...
  • Gone With The Water (Prophetic article on Louisiana Wetlands)

    09/07/2005 10:00:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies · 592+ views
    The National Geographic ^ | October 2004 | Joel K. Bourne, Jr.
    The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble—with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere. _________________________________________________ It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town...