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2012-08-13 07:55:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Climate change could cause parasites such as tapeworms to become more infectious or malignant, researchers from Oakland University and the University of South Florida claim in a new study gauging the impact of temperature swings on frogs' fungal infection rates. The research, which was published in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that tiny parasitic organisms likely have an easier time adapting to...

CO2 Emissions Could Prevent Next Ice Age
2012-01-09 13:18:42

Increases in carbon dioxide emissions will prevent us from experiencing the next Ice Age, which experts believe would have occurred within the next millennium, according to research published in this week's edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. An international team of scientists examined variations in the Earth's orbit, as well as global weather and climate patterns, determining that the next worldwide deep-freeze should begin within the next 1,500 years, the Telegraph reported on...

Harp Seal Population Threatened By Melting Atlantic Ice
2012-01-05 13:46:14

Warming in the North Atlantic Ocean has lead to "significantly reduced" sea ice levels in the breeding grounds of harp seals over the past three decades, Duke University researchers have discovered. Harp seals, which according to BBC News Environment Correspondent Richard Black are "doe-eyed animals" that are "the prime target for Canada's annual seal hunt," have experienced an approximately 6% per decade decrease over the past 30-plus years, the scientists have claimed. "The kind of...

ICCAT Enacts New Rules To Protect Silky Sharks, Bluefin Tuna
2011-11-21 06:15:33

The global body that oversees tuna conservation efforts has decided to implement an electronic system to record worldwide bluefin catches, while also enacting new rules to help protect silky sharks, various media outlets reported on Saturday. The new regulations were made official during a weeklong meeting in Istanbul of the 48-member International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). According to BBC News Environment Correspondent Richard Black, ICCAT opted to...

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2010-12-06 08:45:00

"Compromise" and "hope" were the words being used to describe the ongoing UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, as negotiators have reported genuine progress entering the final week of the conference. According to Arthur Max of the Associated Press, "More countries are expected this week to pledge specific actions to limit carbon emissions over the next decade," and according to BBC News Environmental Correspondent Richard Black, the second week of the talks amongst members of the 193 nation...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'