“Toxic Algea” Due to Hot Summer

Potentially toxic algae is blooming in rivers and lochs during Scotland's long, hot summer, scientists have warned.
Blue-green algae, which poses a health risk to humans and animals, has flourished during the warm spell.
The algae has reportedly led to the death of two dogs after they ingested the substance earlier this summer.
Now scientists are urging people to record sightings of the algae in a bid to speed up response times.
Freshwater ecologist Prof Laurence Carvalho said blue-green algae had been a particular problem this summer.

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Why Marine Animals Ingest Ocean Plastic?

It’s no secret that there is a lot of plastic debris in our oceans.  In fact, scientists estimate that there is more than 165 million tons of plastic trash swirling about in our oceans today, with an additional 8.8 million tons flowing in every year.  And as the oceans swell with plastic litter, hundreds of marine species are ingesting the stuff – often with dire consequences.

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Let's Enjoy National Park Week

Let's get social!
National Parks Week is the annual National Park family festival championing all that is unique and special about National Parks. This year’s festival takes place Sunday 22 to Sunday 29 July and celebrates the countless opportunities to get outside and discover the length and breadth of the UK’s 15 National Parks.
From treasure trails and seaside safaris to guided forest walks and local food and drinks, there are a series of diverse events on offer. Discover them all as they’re announced here.

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Let’s Protect Beautiful Tigers

Relentless poaching and clearing of habitat for agriculture have been the primary drivers of this decline, though demand for tiger skins and parts for "medicinal" purposes has become an increasingly important threat in recent years.

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Canadian Climate Change Study Canceled because of Climate Change

A $17 million study of climate change in the Canadian Arctic has been nixed for now -- because of climate change.

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Half of Species Are at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change

About half of all plants and animals in 35 of the world's most biodiverse places are at risk of extinction due to climate change, a new report claims.

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Fishery Yields Will Be Dramatically Cut by 2300

University of California, Irvine scientists expect the world's fisheries to be, on average, 20 percent less productive in the year 2300, with those in the North Atlantic down nearly 60 percent and those in much of the western Pacific experiencing declines of more than 50 percent.

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Increasing Tree Mortality in a Warming World

A mix of factors is contributing to an increasing mortality rate of trees in the moist tropics, where trees in some areas are dying at about twice the rate that they were 35 years ago, according to a far-reaching study examining tree health in the tropical zone that spans South America to Africa to Southeast Asia.

And scientists believe the trend will continue.

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Cape Town Water Crisis, Day Zero Deferred

The warnings begin even before you arrive.

"Cape Town is suffering through an extreme water crisis," the pilot explains on approach, imploring tourists and travelers to save water.
Hotel televisions blare out messages to guests: "90 second showers only!" Washroom taps are shut in restaurants and bars, and "If it is yellow, let it mellow" signs are plastered across bathroom stalls. Giant borehole-drilling rigs and water tankers fight through the city's notorious traffic.

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The Dream of Unlimited Clean Energy Is about to Come True, Scientists Say

In just 15 years, the US will be producing unlimited amounts of nearly free, completely green energy. Not only would such an energy holy grail mean the end of humanity’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, it would also be a panacea for climate change.

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