In the depths of the Red Sea, a magical world exists.
It’s a world where corals light up the dark. They harvest light, providing an underwater rainbow of beautiful colours.
These fluorescent corals were already known to exist in shallow waters, but deeper down, new glowing coral reefs have been discovered.
via BBC – Earth – Glowing deep-sea corals found.
Dear Tony Abbott,
I will try to keep this letter brief as I know you have a short attention span and since you’ve never responded to my previous correspondence, I can only guess it was because they were longer than your brain capacity could absorb. The main topic of this letter is to let you know that I think you’re an opportunistic, petty, vindictive creep and that you’re running the country as if you would like to imagine that all Australians are equally as petty and vindictive as you. But we’re not. And you’re not going to win your soon to be announced election because we’re better than that.
via News and Politics Archives – » The Australian Independent Media Network.
New research supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office and insurer Lloyd’s of London finds that, absent major changes, humanity risks a catastrophic collapse in its ability to feed itself by mid-century, due in significant part to human-caused climate change.Last year, the United Nations’ “highly conservative” IPCC climate panel warned that humanity is risking a “breakdown of food systems linked to warming, drought, flooding, and precipitation variability and extremes” on its current path of unrestricted carbon pollution. Many studies in the last 12 months have strengthened the scientific case (see this, for instance).
via New Research Warns Of Catastrophic Food Shortages Due To Climate Change.
Astronomers observe what could be some of the first stars to form after the Big Bang. Also: evidence for current volcanism on Venus, and new signs of methane from Mars.Click to listenDownload audioMP3 (00:29:56; 27Mb 412kb)
via Early stars captured in historic image › StarStuff (ABC Science).
Situated north of Alaska and Canada’s Northwest Territories lies the Beaufort Sea. This body of water has the unique feature of being frozen most of the year, while the water near the shores does unfreeze during the summer months. It is home to whales, sea birds and numerous aquatic life.It is also in trouble.The Beaufort Sea is acidifying at a rate that is the fastest in the world, according to Canada’s Globe and Mail. The acid in the Beaufort Sea is a prime example of the effects of global warming on large bodies of water.
via Canada’s Beaufort Sea Becoming Most Acidic | RYOT News.
Lake Mead is shrinking. The Great Salt Lake is shrinking. The Salton Sea is shrinking.Not just in the American West, but in Africa, Asia, and the sub-Arctic reaches of the globe, lakes are disappearing. Theres not just one reason: its a combination of agricultural overuse, drought, and climate change. The current, terrible drought in the American West could be just a hint of whats coming. In the next century, scientists have predicted that a megadrought will desiccate Americas center and southwest, putting even more stress on freshwater lakes, particularly the reservoirs that were man-made to begin with.And when these disappear, they reveal the secrets that had been hidden beneath the surface—now-useless infrastructure, once lively settlements, and, if they dry all the way, fine-grained and often alkaline dust thats picked up by the wind and blown across the surrounding area.
via What Do Reservoirs Reveal When They Dry Up? | Atlas Obscura.
The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests.
The study, published recently in PLOS ONE, analysed data on 162 species, representing 19 per cent of the global seabird population.
They found the population of those species had declined overall by 69.7 per cent between 1950 and 2010.
“It’s an awful lot,” says co-author ecologist Dr Edd Hammill of the University of Technology, Sydney.
via Global seabird decline greater than expected › News in Science (ABC Science).