Animal world

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Iran faces worst locust plague in 50 years, recent attacks unprecedented

Iran is under its worst desert locust outbreak in the past 50 years and for the second year in a row. Compared with last year, the swarms of desert locusts are much larger, and it is safe to claim that the recent attacks are unprecedented, officials said. According...

May 29, 2020

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India under worst locust attack in nearly 30 years

Massive swarms of locusts are wreaking havoc across western and central India, already destroying almost 50 000 ha (124 000 acres) of cropland. The outbreak has affected Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and has also begun impacting Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district on...

May 28, 2020

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Millions of cicadas expected to emerge in parts of eastern U.S. after 17 years underground

After spending 17 years underground, as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge in parts of the eastern U.S. this year, Virginia Tech said in a news release. Residents in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina, and West Virginia could witness such a...

May 26, 2020

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Asian giant hornet -- Murder hornet -- found in the U.S. for the first time

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) dubbed the "murder hornet"-- the world's largest wasp with an appetite for honeybees-- has been spotted in the U.S. for the first time, particularly in Washington state. Entomologists are now on a hunt to wipe...

May 05, 2020

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Global study reveals declines in terrestrial but increases in freshwater insect abundances

A study by an international team of researchers found considerable variation in trends even among adjacent sites but an average decline of terrestrial insect abundance by ~9% per decade and an increase of freshwater insect abundance by ~11% per decade. This study...

May 05, 2020

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North America has lost around 3 billion birds since 1970, study finds

A new study found that North America has approximately 3 billion fewer birds that there were in 1970. The loss represents a 29% population decline, making it an "overlooked biodiversity crisis" according to the authors. "I couldn't believe that...

September 23, 2019

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Up to 600 dolphins washed up along Atlantic coast of France this year

Up to 600 dolphins have washed up on beaches along the Atlantic coast of France since the start of 2019. Although dead dolphins wash up on beaches in France every year, scientists say the situation is alarming. Two different surveys, according to The Local, showed...

February 19, 2019

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Researchers define a new ocean-life zone, name it the Rariphotic

Smithsonian scientists have recently defined a new ocean-life zone, comprising of reef fishes, including numerous new species, that live well below shallow coral reefs. The new zone was named Rariphotic. The new zone was defined based on the unique fish fauna...

April 04, 2018

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Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects - much like human societies. A major new study, published recently in Nature Ecology & Evolution, has linked the...

October 24, 2017

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Second-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

416 pilot whales were found stranded at Farewell Spit in New Zealand's Golden Bay late Thursday, February 9, 2017. On Saturday, February 11, a new pod of 240 whales stranded on the beach, bringing the total number to 656 and making this the second-largest...

February 10, 2017

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82 false killer whales dead after stranding in Florida Everglades

95 false killer whales, large members of the dolphin family, have stranded along Hog Key in the Florida Everglades this weekend. Attempts were made to try and herd the animals back out into deeper water but 82 have died and 13 are unaccounted for. To date, it is the...

January 18, 2017

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Stellar sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands threatened by extinction

The number of Stellar sea lions, Alaska's endangered population, continues to decline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the recently conducted survey revealed the number of sea lions across Alaska is increasing, however,...

December 10, 2016

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Widespread decline of amphibians requires prompt local conservation actions

A new research conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) team of scientists indicates the worldwide severe decrease in the number of amphibian population cannot be stopped or reversed abruptly, and the key solution to this global phenomenon will lie in local...

May 24, 2016

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More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

While spring conditions slowly set in Mongolia, 20% of the country is still left under a snow blanket, and 23 districts are experiencing white dzud (extremely snowy winter) or very similar circumstances. Because the conditions are unseasonably cold, there are...

April 15, 2016

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Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

More than 350 000 farm animals have died in a slow-moving natural disaster known in Mongolia as a "dzud," International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports. "Dzud" is a clinical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia...

March 21, 2016

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Assessment of New Zealand southern right whale decline

The New Zealand southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) was particularly exploited in the nineteenth century when demand was high for oil extracted from its blubber. They were killed on the high seas and especially in sheltered bays where females were vulnerable...

March 17, 2016

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Striking research shows 99% of the world's seabirds will ingest plastic waste by 2050

A team of scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Imperial College London has conducted an in-depth study of the impact the plastic ocean debris has on the ocean's wildlife. The astounding results showed that 99% of s

September 02, 2015