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Beluga Whales In Cook Inlet See Slight Growth In Numbers
2013-01-07 04:29:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The endangered beluga whales that make their home in Cook Inlet are not recovering, leaving federal conservation experts unsure as to why and fearing that the species may soon face extinction. According to the Associated Press (AP), a survey conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in June found that an estimated 312 belugas were living in the waters near Anchorage, Alaska -- a modest increase from...

Endangered Finback Whale Stranded On New York City Beach, Dies Overnight Wednesday
2012-12-27 15:07:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A nearly 60-foot-long whale that had been found stranded along a New York City beach on Wednesday was confirmed dead earlier today. The marine mammal, an endangered finback whale, washed up on the beach sometime Wednesday morning where it was found by a passerby, who dialed 9-1-1. Biologists rushed to the scene and discovered the animal was still breathing, yet did not have good news. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Ringed And Bearded Seal Species To Be Protected As Endangered Species
2012-12-23 05:55:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Members of two Arctic Seal species will be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to vanishing ice and snow in their habitats, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Friday. The NOAA Fisheries division has declared the Ladoga subspecies of ringed seals, which live in northwest Russia, will be listed as endangered and three others, the Arctic, Okhotsk, and Baltic...

Major Midwestern Snowstorm Seen In Infrared Light By NASA
2012-12-21 17:01:31

NASA NASA and NOAA satellites have been providing data on the powerful low pressure area that dropped more than a foot of snow in some Midwestern states and prompted many warnings and weather advisories. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image, while NOAA's GOES-13 satellite data was compiled into an animation that showed the movement of the storm system. On Dec. 21 at 0729 UTC (2:29 a.m. EST), the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua...

Mapping Plant Stress
2012-12-06 18:06:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: The Evaporative Stress Index ] This past summer, American farmers watched helplessly as billions of dollars worth of crops succumbed to drought conditions. In an effort to mitigate the adverse effect of future droughts, scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are looking to measure and track a potential bellwether of crop conditions: plant stress. Healthy plants...

2012-12-06 11:54:11

On December 6, NOAA will release a technical report that estimates global mean sea level rise over the next century based on a comprehensive synthesis of existing scientific literature. The report finds that there is very high confidence (greater than 90% chance) that global mean sea level will rise at least 8 inches (0.2 meters) and no more than 6.6 feet (2 meters) by 2100, depending upon uncertainties associated with ice sheet loss and ocean warming. The actual amount of sea level change...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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