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Despite overfishing and climate change, some coral reefs worldwide manage to defy expectations

Despite overfishing and climate change, some coral reefs worldwide manage to defy expectations

In spite of overfishing pressures and altering ocean conditions, some coral reefs worldwide succeed in defying expectations.

According to a new report in Nature, scientists surveyed over 2,500 reefs worldwide and spotted 15 that were astonishingly healthy, keeping in mind their closeness to huge human populations or bad environmental conditions.

Eight dolphins retiring from National Aquarium in Baltimore, will be moved into seaside sanctuary

Eight dolphins retiring from National Aquarium in Baltimore, will be moved into seaside sanctuary

After spending their lives swimming in tanks, eight dolphins are going to get retirement from the National Aquarium in Baltimore into a seaside sanctuary.

The aquarium has announced its plans of shifting its dolphins into the ocean enclosure by the end of 2020, and with this, it has sailed into unexplored waters for the marine mammal industry.

The news has been welcomed by people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States has written in a blog that his counterpart at the aquarium has resulted into something terribly vital.

Deer spend long periods of time away from their fawns to keep them safe from predators

Deer spend long periods of time away from their fawns to keep them safe from predators

Deer and their fawns also face tricky times, when they don’t just have to worry about predators, but about people too.

Predators can easily detect adult deer because of their scent and huge size. As a result of this, does stay away from their fawns for long periods of time to disassociate their scent from the little ones and keep them safe from predators.

During the first month of life, the doe visits the fawn only a few times per day to nurse quickly prior to taking a leave, though generally they don’t go quite far, as per New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists.

Truck carries dead bees to spread awareness on bee decline

Truck carries dead bees to spread awareness on bee decline

A month before, a federal report on decline of winter colony honeybees came out. The report raised concern over protection that the bee population needs. Key factors responsible for this decline stated include use of chemicals such as pesticides in fields.

In response to the report, Friends of the Earth and other advocacy groups are running an awareness campaign that involves hauling of more than 2.5 million dead bees on truck to make people realize the loss they have been contributing to.

Concentrations of CO2 in Atmosphere: Scientists say we may have passed key turning point

Concentrations of CO2 in Atmosphere: Scientists say we may have passed key turning point

On Monday, scientists who measure and predict greenhouse gases’ concentrations in the atmosphere said that we could have passed a main turning point. Humans living on Earth presently, probably won’t be able to see carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere once again dropping to a level of 400 parts per million (ppm), at least when the measurement will be taken at the iconic Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the place with the compilation of longest global record of CO2.

Creation of habitat corridors could help species adapt to warming world

Creation of habitat corridors could help species adapt to warming world

Over the next hundred years, with the increase in temperatures, shifts in precipitation patterns, and rise in sea level, researchers estimate a dramatic change in the American landscape.

With the onset of such changes, several plants and animals will either adapt or flee to new, colder homes for survival. In fact, many species have already started changing their habitats, with almost all of them heading in the direction of poles or to the mountain’s higher elevations. A few animals might in fact be required to move several hundreds of miles in the coming 50 years.

Summer to bring toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie waters

Summer to bring toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie waters

As parts of Toledo, Ohio experience summer, there is something else that will follow along the season. It’s toxic algae bloom that could accumulate or perhaps has already grown in the city waters. Like previous year, Lake Erie will become a breeding ground for blooms this year that is inevitable to anticipate. The continuous problem will put state and federal officials on guard.

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