Environment

ODOT seeks public help to improve monarch population by collecting milkweed seeds

ODOT seeks public help to improve monarch population by collecting milkweed seeds

A significant decline has come in the population of monarch butterflies. Those who want to bring improvements in the condition of monarch butterflies can do so by finding out milkweed seeds, the only food, monarch babies will eat.

Researchers trying to track down distressed humpback whale spotted off Maui coast

Researchers trying to track down distressed humpback whale spotted off Maui coast

Efforts are in full swing to track down a troubled humpback whale, seen off the coast of Maui on Thursday. In Maui, this humpback whale sighting has become this year’s first sighting, which is strangely early.

A Blue Hawaiian helicopter spotted the whale off Olowalu while carrying out a sedimentation and erosion survey with Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) chair Suzanne Case.

World’s largest ecologically protected area created in Hawaii

World’s largest ecologically protected area created in Hawaii

On Friday, US President Barack Obama created the Earth’s biggest ecologically protected area, with the expansion of a national marine monument in his native Hawaii to include over half a million square miles.

Obama has over quadrupled the size of the PapahanaumokuakeaMarine National Monument, expanding it to 582,578 square miles of land and sea across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Japan seismologists track ‘weather bomb’ that wobbled through Earth from Atlantic seafloor

Japan seismologists track ‘weather bomb’ that wobbled through Earth from Atlantic seafloor

In Japan, for the first time ever, seismologists have found a specific kind of small vibration that vibrated through our planet from the Atlantic seafloor.

It was kicked off by a ‘weather bomb’, the low-pressure storm off Greenland which made news in the UK in the end of 2014.

Biofuels worse for environment than gasoline: study

Biofuels worse for environment than gasoline: study

So-called biofuels like corn ethanol and biodiesel may cause more damage to environment than petroleum gasoline, a new study conducted by University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) researchers warned.

This Year’s first humpback whale off Maui coast shows signs of distress

Year’s first humpback whale off Maui coast shows signs of distress

A Blue Hawaiian helicopter while on some other mission found a humpback whale in waters off the coast of Maui. The whale was first to have been spotted so far this year in these waters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the whale was not in good condition. Those above the site saw four sharks trailing the poor whale.

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