Plant roots increase carbon emission from permafrost soils — Natural History Wanderings

ScienceDaily reports A key uncertainty in climate projections is the amount of carbon emitted by thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Plant roots in soil stimulate microbial decomposition, a mechanism called the priming effect. An international research team shows that the priming effect alone can cause emission of 40 billion tonnes carbon from permafrost by 2100. […]

Plant roots increase carbon emission from permafrost soils — Natural History Wanderings

High Extinction Risk for All Seven Leatherback Sea Turtle Populations — Natural History Wanderings

Center for Biological Diversity News Release Atlantic Population Faces 50% Drop by 2050, Pacific Declining 5% Annually WASHINGTON— A new review of leatherback sea turtle science concludes that seven distinct populations of leatherback sea turtles face a high extinction risk. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a finding […]

High Extinction Risk for All Seven Leatherback Sea Turtle Populations — Natural History Wanderings

Emperor penguin numbers rise as biologists petition for IUCN Red List upgrade — polarbearscience

Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes fosteri) populations in 2019 were found to have grown by up to 10% since 2009 – to as many as 282,150 breeding pairs (up from about 256,500) out of a total population of over 600,000 birds (Fretwell et al. 2012; Fretwell and Trathan 2020; Trathan et al. 2020) – despite a loss […]

Emperor penguin numbers rise as biologists petition for IUCN Red List upgrade — polarbearscience

New Zealand’s incredible shrinking glaciers — Natural History Wanderings

Stuff.co.nz reports New Zealand’s mountain glaciers are vanishing. They have shrunk by nearly a third since the 1970s and could be gone by the end of the century unless we move quickly towards zero emissions. And, as they retreat, we are losing more than ice. via New Zealand’s incredible shrinking glaciers | Stuff.co.nz

New Zealand’s incredible shrinking glaciers — Natural History Wanderings

Yosemite’s Shrinking Glacier — Natural History Wanderings

The California Sunday Magazine has a detailed and illustrated article about studying the shrinkage and eventual disappearance of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier What the death of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier can teach us about climate change. Source: What Remains — The California Sunday Magazine

Yosemite’s Shrinking Glacier — Natural History Wanderings

90 % New Zealand Sea Birds Face Extinction Risk — Natural History Wanderings

Stuff.com Ninety per cent of New Zealand’s sea birds are at risk of extinction, as “serious pressures” threaten the future of New Zealand’s oceans. The Our Marine Environment 2016 report, released on Thursday by Statistics NZ and the Ministry for the Environment, found that New Zealand had the highest number of threatened seabird species in […]

90 % New Zealand Sea Birds Face Extinction Risk — Natural History Wanderings

Oceans — “OUR WORLD”

defenders.org Earth’s oceans, covering two-thirds of the planet, are so vast and so deep that it’s easy to take their importance for granted. They provide us with oxygen and regulate our climate by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — important functions for both humans and wildlife. Unfortunately, the world’s oceans — home to whales, […]

Oceans — “OUR WORLD”

Major Protections For Whales and Dolphins — Natural History Wanderings

Press Release from EarthJustice Gulf of Mexico Whales, Dolphins Protected from Industry’s High-Intensity Airgun Surveys in Landmark Agreement Environmental coalition reaches legal settlement with feds and oil and gas industry JUNE 21, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a coalition of conservation groups (the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Center for Biological Diversity, […]

Major Protections For Whales & Dolphins — Natural History Wanderings

Sunscreen increases the damaging effects of climate change on coral reefs — Repeating Islands

In recent years, there has been an increase in the detection of UV filters from sunscreens in coastal waters. A new study by Wageningen University and Research found that these UV filters seem to weaken corals, allowing warmed seawater as a result of global warming to further damage the reefs. Scientists from Wageningen University & […]

Sunscreen increases the damaging effects of climate change on coral reefs — Repeating Islands

World Oceans Day: concern about reef-building corals — Repeating Islands

Today (June 8) on World Oceans Day, RFI reports alarming news about the reef-building coral species around French islands. Although this article focuses specifically on islands in the Indian Ocean, the situation closely mirrors that of the Caribbean region: concerns on climate change, rising ocean temperature, urbanization of shorelines, pollution, and over-fishing, among other issues. […]

World Oceans Day: concern about reef-building corals — Repeating Islands