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Res­cued sea otter pup offered 2nd chance by Shedd Aquar­ium
Sun­day, 09 Novem­ber 2014
A rec­og­nized leader in ani­mal care and con­ser­va­tion, Chicago’s Shedd Aquar­ium announced today that it has wel­comed a five-​week-​old orphaned…Read More…
Cap­tive Rhino health influ­enced by urban noise?
Sun­day, 02 Novem­ber 2014
Texas researchers have made a first step in look­ing for clues to improve rhino repro­duc­tion in cap­tiv­ity by inves­ti­gat­ing noises present in zoo…Read More…
First ever fossa birth at Den­ver Zoo
Sun­day, 26 Octo­ber 2014
Den­ver Zoo is cel­e­brat­ing the birth of its very first fossa pup, born on July 28. The male pup, named Rico, has stayed behind the scenes for the last…Read More…

News bio­di­ver­sity

South­ern Beau­fort Sea polar bear pop­u­la­tion declined in the 2000s
Sat­ur­day, 22 Novem­ber 2014
In a recently pub­lished new polar bear study, sci­en­tists from the United States and Canada found that dur­ing the first decade of the 21st cen­tury,…Read More…
Could a dog dis­ease wipe out an entire tiger pop­u­la­tion?
Fri­day, 07 Novem­ber 2014
Along with the pres­sures of habi­tat loss, poach­ing and deple­tion of prey species, a new threat to tiger pop­u­la­tions in the wild has sur­faced in the…Read More…
Strange, fanged deer per­sists in Afghanistan
Mon­day, 03 Novem­ber 2014
More than 60 years after its last con­firmed sight­ing, a strange deer with vampire-​like fangs still per­sists in the rugged forested slopes of…Read More…

News evo­lu­tion

Mas­sive geo­graphic change may have trig­gered Explo­sion of Ani­mal Life
Fri­day, 07 Novem­ber 2014
A paper by Ian Dalziel of The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin’s Jack­son School of Geo­sciences, sug­gests a major tec­tonic event may have trig­gered the…Read More…
Poi­so­nous frogs devel­oped warn­ing col­oration first, loud mat­ing calls later
Mon­day, 27 Octo­ber 2014
Warn­ing col­oration paved the way for louder, more com­plex calls in cer­tain species of poi­so­nous frogs Frogs are well-​known for being among the…Read More…
Dar­win was right – again — about inva­sive species
Sat­ur­day, 04 Octo­ber 2014
Based on insights first artic­u­lated by Charles Dar­win, pro­fes­sors at Brown Uni­ver­sity and Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity have devel­oped and tested the…Read More…


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Nasa’s State of Flux shows our ever chang­ing world

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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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