Archive for the ‘Wildlife and Habitat’ Category

Sep17

Hellbender populations

Hellbender

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North America’s largest salamander is disappearing at an alarming rate. Hellbenders commonly reach two feet in length and have a life span of up to 30 years. They are the third-largest salamander in the world, after the Chinese giant salamander and the Japanese giant salamander. (more…)

Sep16

Throwing away fish

trawling nets

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The worldwide fishing industry is in danger.  If current trends continue, it could collapse by 2050 because three-quarters of the world’s fish stocks are being harvested faster than they can reproduce.  Some 80% of fish species already are fully exploited or are in decline and the great majority of all large predatory fish already are gone. (more…)

Sep12

Polluted beaches

Santa Monica Beach

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Few things are more beloved in the summer than a trip to the beach. It’s a time to relax and take in the calming beauty of the sand and surf. If you enjoy swimming, however, you might want to consult the National Resource Defense Council’s new ‘Testing the Waters’ report. (more…)

Sep11

Urban heat is not a myth

NYC

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It has long been observed that metropolitan areas are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas as a result of human activities.  These areas are known as urban heat islands. (more…)

Sep09

Coral and sunscreen

Coral

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Summer is in full swing. With temperatures at their peak and beach vacations underway, most of us have probably stocked up on sunscreen. We slather it on children to prevent painful burns and apply it to ourselves to avert skin cancer. But as much as sunscreen protects our skin from harm, it can do just the opposite to coral reefs. (more…)

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