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Cabras al rescate de áreas propensas a incendios en la Bahía
June 10, 2014 11:02 AM - S.E. Smith, Care2, Care2

¿Cómo dice el dicho? ¿Sólo tú puedes prevenir los incendios forestales? O, ¿sólo las cabras pueden prevenir los incendios forestales? Vas a entender la confusión cuando se reúnan las últimas cuadrillas de prevención de incendios de la zona de la Bahía: Las cabras. California se enfrenta a un pronóstico de lo que podría ser la peor temporada de incendios gracias a las condiciones de sequía y una gran acumulación de yesca. Profesionales de la gestión de incendios están trabajando antes de que sea demasiado tarde para tratar de limpiar la hierba alta y otros riesgos de incendio con la esperanza de reducir la propagación de los incendios inevitables que ya están cruzando el estado.

Bottom feeding fish helping the fight against Global Warming
June 9, 2014 07:48 AM - Steve Williams, Care2

Over-fishing is already a concerning problem, but new research indicates that not only could it mean losing fish species, it could also contribute to global warming more than we'd previously thought. That's because researchers from the Marine Institute and the University of Southampton have found that fish that feed on our ocean floor and do not come to the surface actually act as carbon sinks. Other examples of naturally occurring carbon sinks include forests and, indeed, the oceans themselves. What’s more, the UK-based researchers have found that deep-sea fish might be capturing more than a million tons of carbon dioxide from UK and Irish waters.

Goats to the Rescue in Fire-Prone Bay Area
June 3, 2014 02:47 PM - S.E. Smith, Care2

How does the saying go? Only you can prevent forest fires, or only goats can prevent forest fires? You'll understand the confusion when you meet the Bay Area's latest fire prevention crews: goats. California is facing a forecast for what may be the worst fire season ever, thanks to drought conditions and a large buildup of tinder. Fire management professionals are working ahead of time to try to clear brush, high grass and other fire hazards, in the hopes of reducing the spread of the inevitable wildfires that are already streaking across the state. When it comes to brush clearance crews, it can be tough to find someone willing to do the job. It's backbreaking labor conducted in the hot sun, and it takes hours to make a dent in overgrown shrubs and brush, which are often filled with tangles of thorns and other unpleasant surprises. Brush clearance can get extremely expensive, and it requires constant maintenance. That's one reason why people have been turning to rental goats to clear brush and keep areas like road verges, medians and hillsides trimmed.

How Sharks Could Help Predict Hurricanes
May 29, 2014 08:20 AM - Steve Williams, Care2

Scientists have embarked on a remarkable new project to use shark and large marine predators as biological sensors in the hopes that they could help us predict the formation and course of potentially dangerous hurricanes. Researchers from the University of Miami have tagged a total of 750 marine animals in the past ten years, all to track the temperature and salinity of sea waters at different depths. Earlier this year though, the researchers noticed something special about the data — the tagged marine life gravitated toward water that was about 79 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, which is the temperature at which hurricanes form.

You Know the Ocean's in Trouble When Your Shell Starts Melting
May 15, 2014 12:48 PM - Susan Bird, Care2

Things are getting really dicey for a little ocean creature called a pteropod. Better known as the "sea butterfly," this delicate little sea snail is serving as an unfortunate bellwether of the deteriorating state of our oceans. Why? Conditions in the Antarctic ocean and along the West Coast of the U.S. have become so unnaturally acidic that the shells of sea butterflies are literally dissolving away.

Las bicicletas pueden cambiar al mundo.
May 6, 2014 05:05 PM - Anna Brones, Care2, Care2

Decir que las bicicletas pueden cambiar el mundo puede sonar a una simplificación de las cosas, pero cuando se empieza a pensar en ello, es fácil ver que la bicicleta tiene un efecto sobre mucho más que lo que obtenemos al ir de punto A al punto B.

Bicycles Can Change the World
May 4, 2014 09:22 AM - Anna Brones, Care2

Saying that bicycles can change the world might sound like an oversimplification of things, but when you start to break it down, it’s easy to see that the bicycle has an effect on a lot more than just how we get from point A to point B. Need proof for why bicycles are a good way to change the world? Here are some good ones. 1. They provide alternative transportation It doesn’t take a scientist to work out that switching from four wheels to two wheels is a good thing. First there’s the environmental reason. For example, if 5 percent of people in New York commuting by car (either private or taxi) were to bike to work, they could save 150 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year. That’s the equivalent to the amount of CO2 reduced by planting a forest 1.3 times the size of Manhattan. And that’s only with a 5 percent change.

Gallup Poll Reveals American Attitudes towards Global Warming
April 30, 2014 10:07 AM - Jessica Ramos, Care2

Part of Gallup's Climate Change series, Gallup conducted a recent poll on Americans' attitudes towards global warming and found three categories of attitudes: Concerned Believers, Cool Skeptics and the Mixed Middle. Understanding attitudes is important because there's strength in numbers. While the good news is that more Americans believe in global warming, more Americans also don't believe in global warming. The ones who aren't sure are the most vulnerable. While we stay divided, then we'll have to leave solving global warming to our leaders because we can't do it without a unified front.

Narcóticos + Deforestación = Narcodeforestación
April 28, 2014 10:22 AM - Robin Blackstone, ENN , Care2

Narcodeforestación, un término recién acuñado por la destrucción de la ecología de los bosques sensibles en Centro y Sudamérica, se ha identificado como una amenaza mayor que otras preocupaciones previamente identificadas, como la tala legal

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Bananas
April 17, 2014 08:02 AM - Susan Bird, Care2

Who doesn't love a nice banana? They're tasty portable snacks, they make a great daiquiri, and they're wonderful additions to a green smoothie or bowl of oatmeal. Well, eat your fill now, because if history is any indicator, global banana production may soon be in serious jeopardy. The culprit is disease. Specifically, a strain of a tropical fungus is targeting the most popular form of banana, and there is currently no effective treatment.

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