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Great Barrier Reef Experiences ‘Widespread’ Bleaching

Great Barrier Reef Experiences ‘Widespread’ Bleaching

The coral of the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing “widespread” bleaching just two years after the reef’s last mass bleaching event in 2020. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said Friday it had observed the bleaching after conducting surveillance flights over the 1,243-mile reef, as AFP reported.  “Bleaching has been detected across the Marine […]

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    Climate Change Is Transforming Europe’s Birds

    Climate Change Is Transforming Europe’s Birds

    A new study has found that the climate crisis is causing major disruptions to European birds, from shifting their nesting dates to decreasing their chick numbers to even changing their general body sizes. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that rising temperatures and non-temperature effects of climate change […]

    EPA Expected to Extend Use of Bee-Killing Pesticides

    EPA Expected to Extend Use of Bee-Killing Pesticides

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to approve a proposal to extend the use of four neonicotinoids for the next 15 years. These pesticides are known to be especially dangerous for essential pollinators, like bees and butterflies, and have been linked to the widespread decline of insect populations. Despite citing the pesticides imidacloprid, […]

    Octopuses Turn Human Litter Into Homes, But Is This Good for Them?

    Octopuses Turn Human Litter Into Homes, But Is This Good for Them?

    It turns out that humanity’s trash may be an octopus’s treasure.  A new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin last month looked at a range of underwater photographs that show octopuses interacting with litter that had settled on the seafloor.  “The deep-sea records were extremely interesting, because even at great depths these animals are interacting […]