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Too much heat caused by global warming has already killed thousands of animals from the Land Down Under. Australia is enduring the maximum temperature of 42°C ever recorded in Perth. It could be 10° above normal, however, it still is 4° off the record. The intensified heatwave caused lakes and rivers to dry up. The warm air and high humidity giving the animals hard time to breathe causing their deaths. Freshwater fishes including bony herring, golden and silver...

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Divers had a great opportunity to swim alongside what could be the biggest shark in the world ever filmed. If you are one of those who are afraid of sharks, great white shark in particular, then you are not alone. Not everyone understands a shark’s behavior. Even marine biologists are misled sometimes. But this group of divers led by Ocean Ramsey must have brought a lot of courage during that unexpected encounter. She and her...

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They are considered as household pests that chew the house down but many are unaware of their important role in the rainforests of Borneo. In Sabah Malaysia, tropical rainforests survive the drought brought about by the unpredictable climate change with the help of termites. According to the research conducted by Louise Amy Ashton and her team, these insects are an understudied class in ecology. Termites bore channels through the forest floor while consuming wood and...

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Spicy tomatoes could be selling soon in the market.  It’s not a joke but the next generation of tomatoes could be in your burger or soup to further enhance the taste and satisfy your palate. It turns out that tomatoes are cousins of chili peppers. The researchers are studying the spicy fruit’s DNA (you read it right) as well as the alteration of tomatoes to create capsaicinoids. These are compounds that make our mouth burn every...

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As climate change continues to lash at the planet we are living in causing more and worse catastrophes, humans are fueling the suffrage. Recently, Japan declared its planned withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) next year to return the commercial whaling. The government plans to do the whale hunting in seas adjacent to the country including its exclusive economic zone. Japan once sought to reverse a worldwide commercial whaling ban earlier this year. However, the attempt was...

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Intervention is needed and artificial islands are the key to revive the biodiversity that once flourished the lake of Markermeer in the Netherlands. It is truly frustrating to see the diminishing vast numbers of species big and small. According to Dutch ranger Andre Donke, the lake used to have been abundant of fishes. Markermeer is a gigantic 700-square-kilometer stretch of water which maintains the level of water in the remainder of the Netherlands and is one of Europe’s biggest freshwater...

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Managing hectares of crops is easy as 1-2-3 with the help of bumblebees. Using drones could be the most practical and easiest way for farmers to monitor their crops, however, drones have its limits. It could rarely fly beyond 20 minutes to half an hour in just one flying unlike bumblebees. Researchers from the University of Washington designed light sensor backpacks. It weighs almost 0.0035 ounces (102 milligrams) and capable enough to be carried by bumblebees on...

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Scientists point to climate change that caused the mass extinction of sea and land animals. Before humans ever walked the Earth, diverse abundant species are already living on the planet. However, the occurrence of a mass extinction almost wiped out the animal population. According to the scientists, the Permian extinction. otherwise known as the “Great Dying” eradicated most marine and land creatures almost 252 million years ago. The catastrophe annihilated 96% of all sea creatures...

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Plastic wastes washed up into the oceans are ingested by the smallest and biggest marine species costing their lives. Every year, tons of plastic products get dumped not only in rivers, lakes, and waterways but also in the oceans. Different animals that live in the waters mistook them for food. It might be convenient for people to use styrofoam and plastics for chemical containers or food packaging but did manufacturers think of the harm it...

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Adaptation is very crucial for survival and that is what elephants around the world are doing right now to avoid poaching. Elephants in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park are proof of the never-ending war between pachyderms and humans. A majority of the mammals bear no tusks. They are the lonely survivors from the 90% of the total population that were butchered for their ivory to fund weapons and meat to sustain fighters. According to National Geographic Explorer...