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U.S. Zoos & Aquar­i­ums mobi­lize to end extinc­tion of world’s most vul­ner­a­ble species
Sun­day, 17 May 2015
The 229 zoos and aquar­i­ums accred­ited by the announced on 15 May a bold new effort focused on sav­ing species from extinc­tion and restor­ing them to…Read More…
Newly designed kitchen exhibit at Lon­don Zoo serves live tur­tles ……
Tues­day, 05 May 2015
The Annam leaf tur­tles at ZSL Lon­don Zoo have got a brand new exhibit. Designed to repli­cate a Viet­nam restau­rant kitchen, it hope­fully hit a chord…Read More…
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…

News bio­di­ver­sity

New glass­frog species dis­cov­ered in Costa Rica
Tues­day, 05 May 2015
Recently, excit­ing news about a newly dis­cov­ered and described species of glass­frog has been pub­lished. This lime-​green see-​through frog is the…Read More…
Bio­di­ver­sity pro­motes mul­ti­task­ing in ecosys­tems
Sat­ur­day, 02 May 2015
A new study of the com­plex inter­play between organ­isms and their envi­ron­ment shows that bio­di­ver­sity – the vari­ety of organ­isms liv­ing on Earth –…Read More…
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…

News evo­lu­tion

Spot­ted hye­nas show why Face­book works – befriend­ing is every­thing
Fri­day, 22 May 2015
Bond­ing with a friend of a friend is some­thing most humans grav­i­tate toward nat­u­rally, or at least Face­book likes to think so every time it sug­gests…Read More…
Lemur females rule — thanks to testos­terone!
Thurs­day, 14 May 2015
Males rule in most of the ani­mal world. But when it comes to con­ven­tional gen­der roles, lemurs – dis­tant pri­mate cousins of ours – buck the…Read More…
Evo­lu­tion in action: wild-​type zebrafish out­com­pete genet­i­cally mod­i­fied Glofish
Thurs­day, 14 May 2015
Pur­due Uni­ver­sity research found that wild-​type zebrafish (Danio rerio) con­sis­tently beat out genet­i­cally mod­i­fied in com­pe­ti­tion for female mates,…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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