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Snow Leopards No Longer Considered “Endangered"

It is now thought that there are at least 4,000 adult snow leopards still prowling the peaks of the Himalayas, meaning that the felines no longer meet the criteria set by the IUCN for “endangered status”. While this is clearly good news, the conservationists involved have warned that this does not mean that the cats are doing well or face no threats. They are still declining, just not as rapidly as we once thought.
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Cargo Ship Crosses The Arctic Without Aid Of Ice Breaker For First Time Ever

The tanker crossed from Norway to South Korea in just 19 days, 30 percent faster than taking the usual route through the Suez Canal, traversing the Russian Arctic section of the route in just six and a half days.

Funny that

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This year will mark the earliest day of the year that Earth has spent its "resource budget", i.e. the day when we have consumed more resources than the planet could restore in a year. The rest of the year beyond this day will be "borrowing from the future" resource-wise, so to speak.

This year the day is August 2.

Food for thought.
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California Just Signed A New Climate Change Agreement With China

The rebellion is in full swing, and it seems the Paris agreement was the catalyst.
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Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris agreement. This places the US next to such awesome countries like Syria and Nicaragua.
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A crater formed in Siberia's permafrost is growing at an alarming rate

Near the Yana river basin, in a vast area of permafrost, there is a dramatic tadpole-shaped hole in the ground: the Batagaika crater.

The crater is also known as a "megaslump" and it is the largest of its kind: almost 0.6 miles (1km) long and 282ft (86m) deep. But these figures will soon change, because it is growing quickly.
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Larsen ice crack continues to open up

The crack that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg in the Antarctic has continued to spread.


Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates

Europe and northern hemisphere are warming at faster pace than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says study.
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70,000 Birds Killed To Clear New York City Flight Paths

Nearly 70,000 birds have been killed in a bid to make flight paths safer for New York City-area planes since 2009 — but it doesn’t appear to have reduced bird strikes. The slaughter was triggered by the accident eight years ago that forced hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to land in the Hudson River after his plane engines sucked up several geese.
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Trump pick tips climate-change anxiety into full-blown panic

People laughed in 2005 when a little-known energy-industry advocate with a BA in philosophy and an MSc in political science rounded on the UK’s chief scientist, David King, calling him “an alarmist with ridiculous views who knows nothing about climate change”. They’re not laughing now. The man in question, Myron Ebell, has been named by President-Elect Donald Trump to head his transition team at the US Environmental Protection Agency. The fox has been handed the keys of the ecological henhouse.
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Gender ideas being turned upside down (at least as per the dominant human cultural perceptions) - here is a series of cartoons imagining how human relations would look like if we had to emulate some other species.
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This August was the hottest one on record

This past August was the hottest one since record-keeping began 136 years ago, according to a monthly analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The new record continues the streak of record high monthly temperatures that began nearly a year ago.

The hottest month is usually July, but the most recent August tied with July for the warmest month ever recorded. That’s 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit (0.16 degrees Celsius) hotter than the second-hottest August on record, which was in 2014. It was also 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (0.98 degrees Celsius) warmer than the average August temperature from 1951 to 1980.
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The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels

In an ambitious study that represents the latest merger between big data approaches and the quest to conserve the planet, scientists have found that across a majority of the Earth’s land surface — including some of its most important types of terrain and its most populous regions — the abundance or overall number of animals and plants of different species has fallen below a “safe” level identified by biologists.
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'Suicide by lion': Man strips naked and jumps into a Chilean zoo's enclosure in a bid to feed himself to a big cat

The 20-year-old man was left gravely injured in the Santiago Zoo incident
Witnesses were horrified as keepers killed two lions during the attack
They also reported that the man made religious proclamations at the time
A suicide note was found in the man's clothing. He is recovering in hospital
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Air pollution worst in developing world

Improving air quality for low-income nations would not only improve public health for millions of people, but would also help alleviate global greenhouse gas woes.
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It's Earth Day, but people should care every day

So what are you doing on this Earth Day? Probably nothing. But act locally and cultivate, as it were, a deeper appreciation of the Earth. Not for a day, but a lifetime.
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