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Climate Change Might Make Birds Mis-Time Their Migrations … – Scientific American

Posted: Friday, January 06, 2017

Bird species trace their migratory paths based on where they can find the most resources, but changes to the climate might soon make their knowledge outdated. In a recent study, a team of scientists from the University of Copenhagen tracked the movement of three species — the common cuckoo, the red-backed shrike and the thrush nightingale — to identify what prompted their annual migratory routes. They…

Climate Change Might Make Birds Mis-Time Their Migrations – Scientific American

Posted: Friday, January 06, 2017

Bird species trace their migratory paths based on where they can find the most resources, but changes to the climate might soon make their knowledge outdated. In a recent study, a team of scientists from the University of Copenhagen tracked the movement of three species — the common cuckoo, the red-backed shrike and the thrush nightingale — to identify what prompted their annual migratory routes. They…

Dance|Merce Cunningham’s Multifaceted Mirror, Held Up to Nature – New York Times

Posted: Friday, January 06, 2017

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Navy-Trained Dolphins May Help Save Endangered Porpoises – Live Science

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

A team of Navy dolphins may be the last hope of survival for the planet’s arguably cutest porpoises, called vaquitas (Phocoena sinus). Considered the world’s most endangered marine mammal species, vaquitas, which have dark rings around their eyes and mouth, live only in the upper parts of the Gulf of California in Mexico, according to the Cetacean Specialist Group. The porpoise is often killed in fishing nets,…

Just about everything you buy came at the expense of an endangered animal – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

An Iberian lynx takes its first steps after being released on a farm near the Spanish village of Mazarambros as part of an initiative to repopulate the endangered species. The global supply chain of manufactured goods can contribute to wildlife decline. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images) The cup of joe that helped you get through the morning, the must-have chair purchased at that trendy furniture store and the palm oil…

Frightening video shows rabid bobcat attack Florida wildlife officer – CBS News

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

What was supposed to be a casual stroll around the neighborhood on a warm, sunny day quickly turned into a nightmare for a Florida family and their dog. Karen Morse was grabbing her sneakers as her 13-year-old grandson, Robert, stepped outside with her dog, Sammy. Morse was making her way to the front door to meet the pair for a walk last Thursday when she heard a loud yelp and…

How we shop hurts endangered species – Yahoo News

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

The hidden danger to wildlife posed by imported consumer goods — an espresso coffee in Beijing, a tofu salad in Chicago — can now be pinpointed and measured, researchers said Wednesday. Crunching huge amounts of data, they unveiled a global “threat map” detailing the impact on endangered species of exports to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union. To procure beans for that coffee or tofu, for example,…

This map shows how US consumption hurts wildlife all over the world – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

Hotspots of biodiversity all over the world are threatened by the high demands of a globalized economy — and now we can clearly locate where on the planet US consumption is putting species at risk. Researchers from Norway and Japan have created a map showing the world’s ecosystems — on land and in the sea — that are impacted by consumer demands in the US, but also the European Union,…

This Map Reveals Where Your Purchases Hurt Endangered Species the Most – TIME

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

Purchasing most consumer goods—from furniture to cell phones—inevitably takes a toll on the environment and harms endangered species. But understanding exactly which regions were most affected has been a guessing game. Now, new research published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution identifies global hot spots that goods exported to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union harm the most. U.S. consumption particularly threatened land species from parts…

Mysterious cosmic radio blasts traced to surprising source – Nature.com

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images Radio telescopes at New Mexico’s Very Large Array are helping to solve the mystery of fast radio bursts. Astronomers have pinpointed the location of an enigmatic celestial object that spits out brief, but powerful, blasts of radio waves. Surprisingly, the source of these intermittent signals lies not in a bright galaxy but in a small, dim one, some 2.5 billion light-years from Earth. The discovery begins to…

UAE bans keeping wild animals as pets – Aljazeera.com

Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017

The private ownership of wild animals has been outlawed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where keeping exotic creatures as pets is a status symbol for some, according to local media reports. Media reports said on Wednesday that the new law bans dealing in and ownership of all types of wild, domesticated and dangerous animals. Wildcats including endangered cheetahs are known to have been domesticated in the UAE…

Snap a Bird Photo and This App Tells You the Species – Seeker

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Backyard birders have another tool in their arsenal, with a newly updated smartphone app that can recognize a bird species by analyzing a photo. Much like facial recognition systems, the app – The Merlin Bird Photo ID, created by researchers from Caltech and Cornell University – only needs a clear, quality photo to begin matching the picture against a database of 650 North American bird species it currently stores. Users…

Maps Reveal How Global Consumption Hurts Wildlife – National Geographic

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Moran and Kanemoto looked at 6,803 vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species around the world, identified the commodities that affect them, then traced those commodities to their final destination using a global trade model. The resulting maps in the gallery above show the cumulative species-threat hot spots on land and nearshore waters linked to legal exports to the United States, the European Union, China, and Japan.

Trained dolphins recruited to locate, save elusive porpoise from extinction – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

U.S. Navy-trained dolphins are being tapped to save the world’s smallest porpoise, an extremely elusive creature that is in the verge of extinction in the Gulf of California. Experts are hoping dolphins’ natural sonar will be able to do what technology has not: locate them, so they can be captured and put in a protective area. “Their specific task is to locate [vaquitas],” said Jim Fallin of the…

It Just Got Harder to Give Antibiotics to Farm Animals – Smithsonian

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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Elephant bones linked to wildlife trafficking | Bangkok Post: news – Bangkok Post

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Phaya Sua task force chief Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn (black cap) and other officials inspect elephant bones excavated at Moo Baan Chang in Hua Hin on Wednesday. (Photos by Chaiwat Satyaem) HUA HIN – A task force on wildlife trafficking has unearthed the bones of five elephants which they suspect are linked to the merging of wild animals into domestic populations. …

Brexit ‘zombie legislation’ could damage wildlife and farming, MPs warn – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Brexit could harm the UK’s wildlife and farming, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, with key protections left as ineffective “zombie legislation” and farmers facing a “triple jeopardy” of lost subsidies, export tariffs and increased competition. A new report from the environmental audit select committee warns that many of the rules governing food production and the environment in the UK come from EU law and that weakening of these…

Scientists should not resign themselves to Brexit – Nature.com

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

With the arrogance expected of a governing class born to power, the British government has tried to buy off academic opposition to Brexit by showering institutions with cash. But this straightforward manoeuvre — dropping an extra £2 billion (US$2.5 billion) into the nation’s science budget to quieten criticism and shore up a weak political position — shouldn’t fool anyone. Instead, researchers, together with other groups threatened by Brexit, should fight…

Electric car startup unveils ‘new species’ of vehicle – Phys.Org

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Faraday Future, the secretive electric car startup with ambitions to overtake Tesla, unveiled its first production vehicle Tuesday, proclaiming it to be a “new species” for personal transportation. The company, backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting (YT Jia), announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it would begin taking reservations for deliveries in 2018 with a $5,000 deposit for its FF91 model. Faraday, which last year unveiled its prototype…