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Over 800 walruses slaughtered in Russia's Far East

Border officials in Chukotka, Russia's Far East, discovered over 800 walrus carcasses believed to have been killed by poachers for their valuable tusks, a Russian natural resources ministry spokesman said.

The carcasses were found with gunshot wounds on the coastline of the Chukotka Peninsula near the Chegitun River on Friday. Officials believe that the mammals were killed around two to four weeks ago.

Attention

Germany: Fleeing Famine, Bees Seek Asylum in Cities

Berlin - For German bees, the countryside is no longer what it used to be. They are fleeing insecticides and genetically modified crops to take refuge in cities.

Arrow Down

Hadley Climate Center HadAT2 Data shows global cooling in the last year

Overall long term trend remains positive in lower troposphere.

Most often on this forum we have looked at either surface temperature data from surface observations or lower tropospheric temperature data derived from satellite sounders. Today I'd like to point out a short scale trend in global radiosonde data showing cooling in the last year, as well as examine the record back to 1958.

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©Hadley Center

Fish

Australia Crew films rare species of dolphin

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A camera crew has filmed a rare species of dolphin that has only been known to scientists for three years near Broome, Western Australia.

The recent discovery of the Australian snubfin dolphin has led scientists to search the Australian coastline for the elusive animals.

Better Earth

Oil And Gas Projects In Western Amazon Threaten Biodiversity And Indigenous Peoples

The western Amazon, home to the most biodiverse and intact rainforest left on Earth, may soon be covered with oil rigs and pipelines.

According to a new study, over 180 oil and gas "blocks" - areas zoned for exploration and development - now cover the megadiverse western Amazon, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and western Brazil. These oil and gas blocks stretch over 688,000 km2 (170 million acres), a vast area, nearly the size of Texas.

For over three years, researchers from two U.S. non-profit organizations - Save America's Forests and Land Is Life - and scientists from Duke University tracked hydrocarbon activities across the region and generated a comprehensive map of oil and gas activities across the western Amazon. The result is an alarming assessment of the threats to the biodiversity and indigenous peoples of the region.

"We found that the oil and gas blocks overlap perfectly with the most biodiverse part of the Amazon for birds, mammals, and amphibians," said study co-author Dr. Clinton Jenkins of Duke University. "The threat to amphibians is of particular concern because they are already the most threatened group of vertebrates worldwide."

Umbrella

Wales: 'Twister' is sighted over island

Anglesey residents have been looking to the skies over the island, after several sightings of a "twister".

Anglesey twister
©BBC
The "twister" over Anglesey

Cloud Lightning

Climate Change May Boost Middle East Rainfall

The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region.

Cloud Lightning

China quake rebuilding to cost $147 billion

China's government estimates it will cost $147 billion to rebuild from the massive earthquake that struck the central part of the country in May, according to state media.

Question

Canada: Look, in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane . . . it's an angry turkey - maybe

Nova Scotia - Mr. Mokey has been behaving a bit oddly, frequently looking up after a massive black bird swooped down out of the sky, barely missing the Shelburne County cat.

"He's constantly looking skyward and has been acting strange ever since it happened," said Alice Whitehouse, Mr. Mokey's owner.

It seems the behemoth bird that tried to attack a Lunenburg County man, then his neighbour, recently has gone west.

"I guess Big Bird is (down) my way now but I did not know what the heck it was," Ms. Whitehouse said of her Tuesday afternoon encounter.

Comment:
"(Coyotes) will run away; we were just sitting in the driveway, and it attacks us from the air."
Usually turkeys run away too, they are fairly timid. And they only fly short distances. Usually only to roost. Turkeys eat insects, berries and seeds. Not animals the size of a cat! Or a human! So what's going on here?

Maybe it was a turkey, maybe not. As the wildlife official said, without a picture you can't really identify it.


Bizarro Earth

Fresh floods claim more lives in northern Vietnam

Three people have been killed in fresh floods in northern Vietnam while the death toll in the wake of tropical storm Kammuri has risen to 119.

Heavy rains since tuesday caused new floods in several districts of Quang Ninh province, east of Hanoi.