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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.
Why Are Scientists Genetically Modifying Trees?
April 7, 2014 10:41 AM - Kevin Mathews, Care2
The Lorax may speak for the trees, but even he might want to stop to listen to researchers' new plans to genetically alter trees. What may outwardly seem like disconcerting news just might change how paper is made for the better. The engineered trees would allow manufacturers to create paper significantly easier. Moreover, it's not just the paper industry that benefits from this change — the effects would be advantageous to the entire planet.
Badger Culls in England Will Not Expand
April 6, 2014 09:32 AM - Judy Molland, Care2
This is great news for most of the badger population of England. Plans to roll out the controversial badger cull pilots nationwide across England have been dropped by the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, after an independent report found the shoots were not effective or humane. The pilot programs were run in Gloucestershire and Somerset in an effort to stop the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis among cattle, and the environment department's original plan was to announce up to 10 new cull areas each year.
Si los lobos están protegidos en Francia, ¿Por qué están siendo cazados?
March 29, 2014 09:54 AM - Judy Molland, Care2, Care2
La cifra de existencias de Lobo Feroz de los cuentos de hadas para tantos niños, ha salido a la superficie de nuevo. Esta vez es en Francia, donde ha habido una protesta de los grupos de derechos de los animales ya que la caza de lobos se ha reanudado debido al aumento de los ataques de estos animales después de su "regreso europeo."