Earthquake Potency!

Nepal Earthquake [image credit: BBC] The research suggests that both magnitude and frequency of earthquakes are related to plate collision speed. Earthquakes that happen in densely populated mountainous regions, such as the Himalaya, spell bigger earthquakes because of a fast tectonic-plate collision, according to a new study reported at Phys.org. Researchers from Geophysical Fluid Dynamics […]

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MASSIVE CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT!

NPR reports It is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers. The climate report, obtained by NPR, notes that the past 115 years are “the warmest in the history of modern civilization.” The global average temperature has […]

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Climate History…

‘Our results show medium confidence that summer mean temperatures and maximum temperatures in Central Europe in 1540 were warmer than the respective present-day mean summer temperatures.’ Abstract: There is strong evidence that the year 1540 was exceptionally dry and warm in Central Europe. Here we infer 1540 summer temperatures from the number of dry days (NDDs) […]

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Insects decline in Germany!

This video says about itself: 5 September 2017 Due to a reduction in biodiversity, insect populations have declined in Europe by as much as 80%. Educators in South Africa predict the same fate for their country. From PLOS one: More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas […]

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CURRENT THREATS TO OUR OCEANS!

I don’t know where to start. I really don’t “text mining” oy ~ctm From Eurekalert Public Release: 3-Aug-2017 A new method of surveying published research, which has highlighted current issues faced by the marine environment, hopes to place scientific knowledge at the heart of policy agendas Frontiers Share Print E-Mail Covering two-thirds of our planet, […]

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Scientists Speak UP For Australian Ocean Conservation

Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/27/david-suzuki-australia-sickening-threat-to-marine-reserves-undermines-global-protection Guardian,Michael Slezak, 26 Sept 17, Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists.David Suzuki: Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves […]

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An Interesting ‘BIG CATS’ Evolutionary Study

A new paper in Science Advances by Henrique V. Figueiró et al. (reference below, free download with legal UnPaywall app) resolves the contested phylogeny (family tree) of five big cat species: lion, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, and tiger. In so doing, the researchers uncovered some interesting evolutionary history. Previously, the family tree of this group had […]

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