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Study reveals: Zoos and Aquar­i­ums have edu­ca­tional impact
Sun­day, 05 April 2015
Zoos and aquar­i­ums around the world have a cru­cial role to play in help­ing peo­ple under­stand how they can pro­tect ani­mals and their nat­ural habi­tats,…Read More…
Aus­tralasian zoos join TRAF­FIC in the fight against ille­gal wildlife trade
Fri­day, 13 March 2015
The zoo and aquar­ium com­mu­nity in Aus­trala­sia has joined the fight against the global ille­gal wildlife trade. Fol­low­ing a uni­ver­sal dec­la­ra­tion by 46Read More…
East­ern black rhino born at Chester Zoo — caught on cam­era
Sun­day, 08 Feb­ru­ary 2015
The amaz­ing moment an East­ern black rhi­noc­eros (Diceros bicor­nis ssp. michaeli) gives birth has been caught on cam­era at Chester Zoo. Born on Jan 31Read More…

News bio­di­ver­sity

Polar bears weak­ened by pol­lu­tion as well as cli­mate change
Sun­day, 19 April 2015
Cli­mate change caus­ing habi­tat loss and reduced food is the main prob­lem for polar bears, but plas­tic waste and other pol­lu­tants are grow­ing risks.…Read More…
Expand­ing rub­ber plan­ta­tions huge threat for endan­gered species in South­east Asia
Sun­day, 19 April 2015
Demand for nat­ural rub­ber fuelled by the tyre indus­try is threat­en­ing pro­tected parts of South­east Asia — accord­ing to research from the Uni­ver­sity…Read More…
Sci­en­tists find new macaque species with unique penis
Sat­ur­day, 18 April 2015
Researchers were in for a sur­prise when they viewed footage from a remote and little-​explored area of south­east­ern Tibet. Within the more than 700Read More…

News evo­lu­tion

Vil­lagers high in the Andes have devel­oped a genetic tol­er­ance to arsenic
Thurs­day, 12 March 2015
Stud­ies con­ducted at the Karolin­ska Insti­tutet and Upp­sala Uni­ver­sity in Swe­den show that some indige­nous groups in the Andes of north­ern Argentina…Read More…
Earliest-​known arbo­real and sub­ter­ranean ances­tral mam­mals dis­cov­ered
Sat­ur­day, 14 Feb­ru­ary 2015
The fos­sils of two inter­re­lated ances­tral mam­mals, newly dis­cov­ered in China, sug­gest that the wide-​ranging eco­log­i­cal diver­sity of mod­ern mam­mals…Read More…
Guid­ance for con­ser­va­tion in Cen­tral Africa with roadmap for using evo­lu­tion­ary research a…
Sun­day, 08 Feb­ru­ary 2015
Researchers from Africa, North Amer­ica and Europe have pub­lished a road map on how future evo­lu­tion­ary research and edu­ca­tion efforts in Cen­tral…Read More…

Bio­di­ver­sity News

Nasa’s State of Flux shows our ever chang­ing world

Mon23Apr2012

Nasa’s State of Flux shows our ever chang­ing world

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In cel­e­bra­tion of this year’s Earth Day on April 22, NASA’s Webby Award-​winning Global Cli­mate Change web­site, http://​cli​mate​.nasa​.gov , has unveiled a new ver­sion of its pop­u­lar image gallery, “State of Flux.”

The gallery, which can be found at http://​cli​mate​.nasa​.gov/​s​o​f , presents stun­ning images, mostly from space, of our ever-​changing planet, chron­i­cling changes tak­ing place over time peri­ods rang­ing from days to centuries.

Each image pair in the con­tin­u­ously updated gallery high­lights before-​and-​after impacts of change, includ­ing the destruc­tion wrought by extreme events such as wild­fires and floods, the retreat of glac­i­ers caused by cli­mate change, and the expand­ing foot­print of urban areas due to pop­u­la­tion growth.

It under­scores how frag­ile and inter­con­nected our planet is, and how it is con­stantly chang­ing. With this new ver­sion of the gallery, we want peo­ple to be bet­ter able to immerse them­selves in the images, and gain that sense of perspective

The redesigned gallery, which cur­rently fea­tures more than 160 com­par­i­son views, is now orga­nized and sortable by cat­e­gories, includ­ing ice, human impact, water, land cover and extreme events. A selec­tion of some of the Global Cli­mate Change web­site team’s favorite images is high­lighted in a new “Top Picks” category.

Another new fea­ture is a map view, which places each image into its geo­graph­i­cal con­text. Guests can zoom in to spe­cific loca­tions on the map, or select by region, and see where par­tic­u­lar changes are tak­ing place around the globe. They can also share links to each image set and down­load high-​resolution ver­sions of the images.

See­ing our planet from space gives us a global view that we can’t get else­where,” said Amber Jenk­ins, edi­tor of the Global Cli­mate Change web­site, who estab­lished the gallery in 2009.

NASA’s Global Cli­mate Change web­site is devoted to improv­ing the public’s under­stand­ing of Earth’s chang­ing cli­mate, pro­vid­ing easy-​to-​understand infor­ma­tion about the causes and effects of cli­mate change and how NASA stud­ies it. For more on NASA’s Earth Sci­ence activ­i­ties, visit: http://​www​.nasa​.gov/​t​o​p​i​c​s​/​e​a​r​t​h​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​h​t​m​l.

The above news item is reprinted from mate­ri­als avail­able at Sci­enceDaily. Orig­i­nal text may be edited for con­tent and length.

(Source: Sci­encedaily, 20.04.2012)

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