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Amazon Deforestation Sees Steep Increase in July

Amazon Deforestation Sees Steep Increase in July While the government admits deforestation has increased, it insists it is not as great as indicated by INPE, an agency of global repute. It said a first step would be to block payment of 35 million euros ($40 million) for forest conservation and biodiversity programmes until the rate of decline attained encouraging levels once again. [Full Article...]

Heatwaves kill coral reefs far faster than thought

Heatwaves kill coral reefs far faster than thought Ainsworth's team earlier showed that just a 0.5C increase in water temperature changes the extent of mortality in corals during bleaching. Their studies show that marine heatwave events on coral reefs are entirely different from the way coral bleaching has been understood. [Full Article...]

Marine Heat Waves Decimate Coral Reefs Much Faster Than Previously Thought

Marine Heat Waves Decimate Coral Reefs Much Faster Than Previously Thought According to this new study, extreme spikes in ocean temperatures can cause entire coral reef systems to decay and collapse in a matter of days. Dr Richardson added that the team had documented, for the first time, that severe heatwaves were causing "almost instant mortality of corals". [Full Article...]

NASA space telescope spots perfectly sideways galaxy

NASA space telescope spots perfectly sideways galaxy Launched on August 25, 2003, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provides a unique, infrared view of the universe and allows scientists to peer into regions of space that are hidden from optical telescopes. When cosmic dust absorbs light from the nearby stars, the light is cast back out into space at longer wavelengths, including infrared. Dust disks and rings can develop as a result of galaxies mer... [Full Article...]

NOAA forecasters predict 'above-normal' Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA forecasters predict 'above-normal' Atlantic hurricane season The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released an updated outlook for the Atlantic tropical season. Hurricane season may seem to be off to a lazy start but federal forecasters say that's likely to change. If the final outcome is towards the lower ends of the ranges, the season will end up slightly below normal. Ms Zuill said: “Bermuda has experienced damage from ... [Full Article...]

New Hubble portrait captures the intricate beauty of Jupiter's cloud surface

New Hubble portrait captures the intricate beauty of Jupiter's cloud surface Though much remains unknown about the fifth planet from the sun, photos and a brief video clip published by NASA on Thursday could help scientists inch toward unlocking the world's mysteries. Jet streams blow in opposite directions at different latitudes, confining the clouds within colorful bands. "The bands are created by differences in the thickness and height of the ammonia ice clouds", ST... [Full Article...]

EPA reauthorizes use of 'cyanide bombs' to kill wild animals

EPA reauthorizes use of 'cyanide bombs' to kill wild animals The devices use a smelly bait to lure in wildlife before releasing deadly sodium cyanide into the mouth of any animal that takes a bite. Wildlife Service personnel insist that use of M-44 devices 'strictly follows EPA label instructions, directions, and use-restrictions; applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations; and agency and program directives and policies'. [Full Article...]

Crashed Moon Lander May Have Spilled ‘Water Bears’ on the Moon’s Surface

Crashed Moon Lander May Have Spilled ‘Water Bears’ on the Moon’s Surface Based on an analysis of the spacecraft's trajectory and the composition of the device the micro-animals were stored in, "we believe the chances of survival for the tardigrades ... The first microbes on the Moon are those left behind in the human faeces from the astronauts aboard the Apollo missions of 1968-1972. The U.S. National Library of Medicine said tardigrades, also known as "water bears"... [Full Article...]


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