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Brazil has lost 80 % of the coral reef in last 50 years

The latest study by Brazil's Environment Ministry and Federal University of Pernambuco points that Brazil has lost 80 % of the coral reef once found along 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of its northeastern coast in period of merely 50 years.According to leading

September 26, 2012

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Mutant butterflies - Fukushima disaster caused physiological and genetic damage to butterflies in Japan

A new study published in Scientific Reports - Nature last week said that genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Researchers concluded that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima

August 16, 2012

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Tropical plankton invades Arctic waters

Scientists have identified tropical and subtropical species of marine protozoa living in the Arctic Ocean for the first time. It looks like they traveled thousands of miles on Atlantic currents and ended up above Norway with an unusual-but naturally cyclic-pulse of

July 26, 2012

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Stinky red seaweed invades New England beaches in US

An awful odor of a foreign invasive red seaweed is smelling from Long Island Sound to the southern Gulf of Maine, US. A red seaweed originating from Japan is invading New England beaches. Scientists fear the seaweed could harm the coastal ecosystem by growing over

July 11, 2012

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Africa’s savannas are changing into forests

Recent changes in the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are forcing the African savannas to change into forests. Researchers believe that by the end of this century large swathes of land that was once savanna could have transformed into forest.The study

July 09, 2012

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Global supply chains cause extinction of many species

Thirty percent of threatened species are at risk because of consumption in developed world according to research made by University of Sydney. The study mapped the world economy to trace the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity loss such as coffee,

June 16, 2012

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75% of Japan's NW Pacific whale hunt unsold

The Institute of Cetacean Research said around 75 percent of roughly 1,200 tons of minke, Bryde's and sei meat from the deep-sea mission did not find buyers. That means that three-quarters of the tons of meat from Japan's controversial whale hunt last year was not

June 15, 2012

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Swarms of unknown spiders spread panic across Assam, India

Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists. Indian media said that a dozen people had been bitten and treated in hospital, with two unconfirmed

June 07, 2012

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Shrubs in the Arctic tundra transformed into trees

Shrubs in the Arctic tundra have transformed themselves into trees as a result of the warming Arctic climate in the last few decades. The speed and magnitude of change is far greater than scientists had ever anticipated. If this continues and is replicated across the

June 07, 2012

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The absence of elephants and rhinoceroses threatens biodiversity in tropical forests

According to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), elephants are in 'danger of extinction' and the two rhinoceros species are 'critically endangered'. The progressive disappearance of seed-dispersing animals like elephants and

June 04, 2012

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Radioactive cesium from Fukushima found in bluefin tuna caught off U.S.

Trace amounts of radioactive cesium released from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been found in bluefin tuna caught off the western coast of the United States, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

May 29, 2012

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Knife fish invasion troubling Philippines fishermen

The knife-shaped fish are reported to be multiplying in Laguna Lake where they are displacing the native species, according to Asis Perez, head of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The Philippine fisheries chief on Sunday said he had ordered a study into

May 20, 2012

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Alien species a growing menace in China

Alien species of plants and animals in China will become an increasing menace over the next decade due to the rapid development of the world economy and a lack of awareness of proper prevention measures, experts have warned. A greater number and variety of invasive

May 14, 2012

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New Zealand scientists voice concerns over “most unusual event” in 20 years of studies

Scientists in New Zealand are voicing concerns after monitoring the muttonbird population as it travels back from spending the northern summer in Japan.  In 2005, scientists attached tracking devices to a portion of the bird population.  The New Zealand

May 04, 2012

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Sumatran elephant found poisoned by humans in Indonesia

Environmental organization WWF called on the government Wednesday to investigate the death of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant allegedly poisoned at an Indonesian oil palm plantation. A ranger at the plantation in Krueng Ayon village, Sampoiniet subdistrict,

May 02, 2012

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24 hours to save the bees

We received letter in our redaction from Avaaz.org that we think it is worth to publish. Here it is so read it and decide it for yourself! Dear friends,Pesticides are killing bees and threatening our food supply. In 24 hours, shareholders at the biggest

April 26, 2012

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Remarkable natural event seen from space: Algae-coated ice phenomena at Princess Astrid Coast, Antarctica

A few weeks ago, NASA’s Terra satellite flew over East Antarctica and detected swirls of green amidst the ice off the Princess Astrid Coast. For three weeks since, scientists have been trying to figure out what Terra saw in this remote region of the world’s

March 18, 2012