Environment

Slow birth rate among African forest elephants could take them longer to recover from poaching

Slow birth rate among African forest elephants could take them longer to recover from poaching

African forest elephants face increased risk from poaching because of their extremely slow birth rate compared to other species of elephants. Researchers have mentioned that breeding at a later age and big gaps between calves and other elephant species are the main factors contributing to their slow birth rate.

Rare Find: Intact pterosaur braincase offers new look into species’neuroanatomy

Rare Find: Intact pterosaur braincase offers new look into species’neuroanatomy

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of pterosaur in the north central Chubut province in Argentina. The fossil is quite important as it includes an intact braincase, providing a detailed look into the pterosaur’s neuroanatomy.

First phase of Array of Things, urban sensing project, kick-starts in Chicago

First phase of Array of Things, urban sensing project, kick-starts in Chicago

From this week, the Array of Things team has started with the first of the urban sensing project in Chicago. The team will install 500 nodes on city streets. These pilot nodes are meant to measure data on aspects including air quality and climate among other features.

Sea Otter Shooting raises concern among Santa Cruz County authorities

Sea Otter Shooting raises concern among Santa Cruz County authorities

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are looking for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of three southern sea otters in late July or early August. A reward of at least $10,000 is being offered for this information.

15,000 to 20,000 fish wash up in southern New Jersey

15,000 to 20,000 fish wash up in southern New Jersey

According to officials 15,000 to 20,000 fish have ended up in southern New Jersey in the second huge fish kill in the state within a week. Conservation officers and crews from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) visited the site in Little Egg Harbor.

While speaking to the Asbury Park Press, a DEP spokesman Bob Considine said that according to officials the peanut bunker fish have washed up because of the lack of dissolved oxygen in the water.

NOAA proposes ban on close-up dolphin swims near Hawaii's coasts

NOAA proposes ban on close-up dolphin swims near Hawaii's coasts

A lot of tourists visit the Hawaiian Islands to get a chance to swim with dolphins, but federal officials are worried that this much closeness to them could harm the marine mammals. The activity provides job to many islanders.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has suggested a ban on close-up dolphin swims close to Hawaii's coasts. NOAA is considering the move to save the fragile spinner dolphins that hunt for food at night and sleep daylong.

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