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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…

Let’s talk about birds: the curl-crested aracari – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

This is one of a series presented by the National Aviary, which works to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. The curl-crested Aracari is the only one out of 50 species in the toucan family that looks like it has a perm.  The top of its head is covered in highly modified, tightly curled shiny black feathers that give it a somewhat…

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…

The Audubon Society Claims 1 Billion Birds Are Killed in Portland Every Year Flying into Buildings—So Why Don’t We … – Willamette Week

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

About Marty Smith Marty Smith is the brains (or lack thereof) behind Dr. Know and skirts the fine line between “cultural commentator” and “bum” on a daily basis. He may not have lived in Portland his whole life, but he’s lived in Portland your whole life, so don’t get lippy. Send your questions to dr.know@wweek.com.

Last endangered Mexican porpoises to be rounded up by US Navy-trained dolphins – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017

US Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers will participate in a last-ditch effort to catch the last few dozen of Mexico’s vaquita porpoises to save them from extinction. The trained animals will use their sonar to locate the extremely elusive vaquitas, then surface and advise their handlers. The number of vaquitas, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise species, has been devastated by illegal fishing for the swim bladder of the…

Relics Of The Space Race, School Planetariums Are An Endangered Species – NPR

Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Jasper Barnett, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., looks up in the school’s planetarium. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR Jasper Barnett, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., looks up in the school’s planetarium. Elissa Nadworny/NPR The 24 juniors and seniors in the astronomy class at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria,…

Birds get a boost from Michigan findings on cell phone tower hazards – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A Northern Parula Warbler at Tawas Point in 2016.(Photo: U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service) More than a decade ago, a hundred researchers fanned out across Michigan to count the number of injured and dead songbirds at the base of 24 communications towers during the peak of the birds’ spring and fall migrations. And they concluded that the towers with steady, burning lights were more deadly to the birds than towers with flashing lights — and that by simply…

A surprising factor in the extinction of the dinosaurs may have been how long their eggs took to hatch – Business Insider

Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2017

iStock Approximately 66 million years ago, a massive asteroid or comet smashed into the Earth near what we now think of as the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. On the other side of the world, in India, at a place called the Deccan Traps, a period of intense volcanic eruption began — one that would last tens of thousands of years. These catastrophic and powerful events are often considered the primary…

Pets on the Fly? Why Are There So Many Animals in the Skies and at Airports? – NBCNews.com

Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017

If it seems there are a lot more animals in airports — and on airplanes — these days, you’re not imagining it. More than 30 airports around the country now have regular programs that bring certified pet therapy dogs and their handlers into the terminals to mingle with passengers and help ease the stress of traveling. At both Mineta San Jose International Airport (the first airport to have an official…

On a Fijian Island, Hunters Become Conservators of Endangered Turtles – New York Times

Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017

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Planet Earth II a ‘disaster for the world’s wildlife’, BBC presenter Martin Hughes-Games says – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017

‘If David Attenborough is still making these sorts of wonderful shows then it can’t be that bad, can it?’ Yes it can, and it’s going to get much, much worse. “ It is not the first time Hughes-Games has shared his opinion of the BBC, after he suggested he had been ‘side-lined’ by the corporation last year in a drive for diversity. “Whatever I may think, it’s crucially important that high-profile shows…

Cheetahs are racing toward extinction – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017

More than 100,000 cheetahs prowled Africa’s arid grasslands little more than a century ago. But the powerful predators now number just 7,100, and their populations are plummeting toward extinction, according to a new report. In a study published last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers called for cheetahs’ conservation status to be raised to “endangered,” to reflect their low…

Joel Sartore: The man who takes studio photos of endangered … – BBC News

Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017

Image caption Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, Florida © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark American wildlife photographer Joel Sartore is fighting to save endangered species by making us fall in love with them. Joel Sartore had been a National Geographic wildlife photographer for 15 years when his wife, Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. With three young children at home, he took a year…

Songs of hundreds of birds are embedded in this book – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, January 02, 2017

Some people are intense birders, spending their vacations chalking up species in Oregon or Scotland or Timbuktu. Some people are obsessive bicyclists, making 100-mile day trips or crossing mountain ranges. And some people are tech geeks, absorbed in new ways to record or quantify or manipulate data. And then there’s Donald Kroodsma, who combined all three obsessions, plus a few more, into one of the quirkiest and most oddly charming…

Bring in the birds this season – Union Daily Times

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment, but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year-round. Increase the number of visitors to your yard by including all the essentials these winged visitors need; food, shelter and water. Plants are the easiest way to bring birds…

Extinct: which animals could we lose forever in 2017? – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

Newly added creatures include the Kentish snake millipede, mole cricket, necklace ground beetle and yellow pogonus, a small sand beetle found in salty marshes. They are names many of us have never heard, but their disappearance could have a calamitous effect. The decline of sand eels, for example, has led to a crash in puffin populations, now also at risk of extinction in Britain. Since 2003, some 8,000 British species…

We’ll Never See These Animals Again – Mother Jones

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

Brian Dupont/Wikimedia If 2016 was a rough year for the animal kingdom, 2017 could be worse. Most scientists agree that we are experiencing a sixth mass extinction, but unlike the previous five that extended over hundreds of millions of years and occurred because of cataclysmic natural disasters, humans are responsible for this one. Climate change, agricultural expansion, wildlife crime, pollution, and disease have created a shocking acceleration in the disappearance…

We’ll Never See These Animals Again – Mother Jones

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

Brian Dupont/Wikimedia If 2016 was a rough year for the animal kingdom, 2017 could be worse. Most scientists agree that we are experiencing a sixth mass extinction, but unlike the previous five that extended over hundreds of millions of years and occurred because of cataclysmic natural disasters, humans are responsible for this one. Climate change, agricultural expansion, wildlife crime, pollution, and disease have created a shocking acceleration in the disappearance…

The Holy Birds, London: restaurant review – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Holy Birds, 94 Middlesex street, London E1 7EZ (020 3610 0185). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £100 Over the past year London has been overrun by an outbreak – a flock, if you will – of chicken-based restaurants. We’ve had Fancy Funkin Chicken in Brixton and Clockjack in Woolwich, Randy’s Wing Bar in Stratford and Absurd Bird in Shoreditch and many more besides. And why not? Chicken…

A Remembrance: The Great Animals That Died In 2016 – NPR

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

Flowers and sympathy cards for Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinatti Zoo. This year was one for celebrity deaths, human and animal alike. John Minchillo/AP hide caption toggle caption John Minchillo/AP Flowers and sympathy cards for Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinatti Zoo. This year was one for celebrity deaths, human and animal alike. John Minchillo/AP In a year that has become widely known as being the worst, a number…