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Study blames climate change for 2016’s super warm Arctic winter

Study blames climate change for 2016’s super warm Arctic winter

While skeptics like Donald Trump aren’t ready to accept the existence of climate change, a new study suggested that 2016’s super warm Arctic winter would have been ‘extremely unlikely’ without climate change.

Trump has repeatedly called manmade global warming and the resultant climate change a “hoax’ crafted by China. But, scientists around the globe continue to blame increase use of fossil fuels in addition to other human activities for the problem.

Cheetahs quickly nearing extinction: study warns

Cheetahs quickly nearing extinction: study warns

Cheetahs should be classified as “endangered” on an official watch list of threatened species worldwide as the fastest animal on land is quickly moving toward extinction, a new study suggested.

A team of experts led cheetah expert Dr. Sarah Durant, of the Zoological Society of London, only 7,100 cheetahs are left in the wild across Africa and in a small area of Iran due to human encroachment that has pushed the animal out of 91 per cent of its natural habitat.

6 new species discovered in thermal vent in Indian Ocean

6 new species discovered in thermal vent in Indian Ocean

Several previously unknown, alien-like creatures, including a hairy-chested crab, reside in a deep-sea vent in the Indian Ocean, a team of biologists discovered.

The first Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) exploration of the Longqi vent field, which is called “Dragon’s Breath” in Mandarin, revealed half-dozen previously unknown species of snail and deep-sea worms like limpet, as well as the hairy-chested Hoff crab (Kiwa).

NASA video shows CO2’s concentration in Earth’s atmosphere

NASA video shows CO2’s concentration in Earth’s atmosphere

U.S. space agency NASA has released the first-of-its-kind 3D visualization of carbon dioxide's (CO2's) concentration in Earth's atmosphere.

This new visualization shows how the heat-trapping gas appears in the atmosphere. The gas has been showed as winds of red, blue and yellow whisking around our planet. Each color stands for a different concentration of the gas, with red and blue representing the highest and the lowest levels of the gas, respectively.

California delays commercial crabbing season for Dungeness

California delays commercial crabbing season for Dungeness

A toxin from algae blooms prompted California wildlife officials to indefinitely delay the commercial crabbing season for Dungeness along a 120-mile-stretch of northern coast of the state.

Commercial crabbing for Dungeness, which is a tradition on holiday tables for many people in this part of the nation, was scheduled to start by Dec. 1, 2016. Following yesterday’s decision, the Humboldt Bay to Point Reyes stretch will remain closed to crabbing.

Trump may roll back carbon emission regulations

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As President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to undo environmental policies and regulations, experts have warned that rolling back auto emissions standards could lead to severe adverse consequences.

More than 250 million automobiles are running on U. S. roads, generating more carbon emissions than any other segment, including power stations, factories and households.

President Barack Obama took several steps to slash auto pollution and drive up gas mileage as part of his administration's efforts to tackle global warming and climate change.

Orcas dying due to lack of food: researchers warn

Orcas dying due to lack of food: researchers warn

The endangered orcas (killer whales) that frequent Washington state waters are starving and dying due to lack of food, according to a new research.

Researchers tracking the endangered population of orcas said in a statement that at least three whales are either missing or have died since summer this year.

The Center for Whale Research, which maintains whale records for the federal wildlife authorities, said that the most recent deaths of a 23-year-old female whale dubbed J28 and her 10-month-old calf dragged the current population down to just 80 orcas.

Humans pushing global wildlife populations to the edge: report

Humans pushing global wildlife populations to the edge: report

A new report has blamed various human activities, including deforestation, overfishing and illegal trade of animals, for the drastic fall in global wildlife populations over the past few decades.

The Living Planet Report released by the Zoological Society of London and the World Wildlife Fund revealed that global wildlife populations have contracted an average of 58 per cent from the 1970 levels.

Mike Barrett, the director of science & policy at WWF-UK, warned that human activities are pushing global wildlife populations to the edge.

Human-caused climate change boosts wildfires in Western U.S.

Human-caused climate change boosts wildfires in Western U.S.

It is proven fact that wildfires in the western half of the U.S. have been erupting more frequently, charring larger swathes of land for the last 30 years. Now, a new study into the issue has suggested that human-caused climate change is to be blamed for the issue.

The new study, titled the "Impact of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire across western U.S. forests," revealed that wildfires increased nine-folds in terms of annual area burned between 1984 and 2015.

Endangered Species Act now Protects Michigan's Poisonous Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Endangered Species Act now Protects Michigan's PoisonousEastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has added the eastern massasauga rattlesnakein its list of threatened species. The news that the snake, which is Michigan's only poisonous snake, hasbeen protected under the Endangered Species Act was announced by the federal agency on Thursday (September 29).

Therattlesnakehas won its battle after more than three decades, said attorneyElise Bennett forCenter for Biological Diversity. Bennett is known for her efforts to protect reptiles that are at the verge of extinction.

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