Posts Tagged ‘Earth and Animals’

Mutation of Plants Could be Key to Drought Tolerance

Researchers have found a plant with a genetic mutation that allows it to survive drought better without losing any mass.  This discovery could potentially lead to plants that are bred to survive in low-water conditions, perhaps reducing the amou…

Nepal Has 11 Hour Blackouts as Climate Change Dries up its Rivers

The state-run Nepal Electricity Authority has had to cut power for 11 hours a day beginning this week, because river water levels have dropped dramatically, according to AllHeadlineNews.

With its steep terrain topped by glaciers, Nepal has the great…

What Causes Mass Extinctions

Humanity has moved about in such a way, disrupting many fragile ecosystems the world over, and introduced new and often harmful species into these environments, to a point that mass extinction could be on its way, according to a new study that looked…

U.S. Defense Agency Deploys Yeast to Fight Global Warming

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, otherwise known as DARPA, has been developing next generation solar technology and a slew of other game-changing innovations designed to drive the military into a more sustainable future. The latest…

Birders Prompt Endangered Plover Rescue

Birders along Michigan’s southwest coast helped prompt a government rescue of an apparently injured Great Lakes piping plover last week.

The lone bird, marooned near Warren Dune State Park since migration season, was unable to travel to its winter…

NASA Finds Our Lakes are Warming

In a first of its kind survey of the planet’s largest lakes, NASA has found that the temperatures have been steadily warming over the past 25 years in response to climate change. The researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, C…

Are Wildlife Webcams Good for Wildlife?

Is the growth of live webcams that stream images of wildlife in their natural habitat a good thing?
For the North American Bear Center in Minnesota, it is.  The Center’s Den Cam has attracted so many visitors that the organization has raised $400,00…

Where the Water Is

Will commercialization mean sunset for the Great Lakes?
Willie Sutton famously said when asked why he robbed banks, “Because that’s where the money is.”  Why would anyone want to rob the Great Lakes?  Because that’s where the water is.
Almost…

Water Mining & Global Warming Making Sea Levels Rise

We are all familiar with the fact that as our world warms, ice in the North and South melt and cause sea levels to rise. But there is another major factor causing sea level rise as well — water mining.
What is Water Mining?
Water mining is the pumpin…

Saving Tigers from Extinction – A 6% Solution

It is the Chinese Year of the Tiger and also the International Year of Biodiversity.  So it seems more than fitting that this year will also see the first Tiger Summit, scheduled for this coming November, to be hosted by Russia’s Vladimir Putin, pri…