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News zoos

Endan­gered lemurs ille­gally kept as pets threaten species sur­vival
Sun­day, 11 Jan­u­ary 2015
An esti­mated 28,000 lemurs, the world’s most endan­gered pri­mates, have been ille­gally kept as pets in urban areas of Mada­gas­car over the past three…Read More…
New study links neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders in cap­tive felids to improper diet
Wednes­day, 31 Decem­ber 2014
Find­ings from a recently pub­lished research study con­firm what many sci­en­tists have long sus­pected. A high inci­dence of neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders among…Read More…
San Diego Zoo polar bear being con­di­tioned to wear accelerom­e­ter
Tues­day, 23 Decem­ber 2014
Tatqiq, a female polar bear at the San Diego Zoo, is wear­ing a bit more than her fur coat these days. Vis­i­tors to the Zoo and watch­ers of the Zoo’s…Read More…

News bio­di­ver­sity

India’s tigers come roar­ing back say Indian researchers
Fri­day, 23 Jan­u­ary 2015
India’s tiger pop­u­la­tion has sig­nif­i­cantly increased accord­ing to the 201415 India tiger esti­ma­tion report released today. Recent years have seen…Read More…
Impact human activ­ity reaches planetary-​scale pro­por­tions, a threat to human well­be­ing
Sat­ur­day, 17 Jan­u­ary 2015
The accel­er­ated impacts of human activ­ity on the Earth over the past 60 years have reached “planetary-​scale” pro­por­tions, in turn dri­ving the…Read More…
Ecosys­tems need math­e­mat­i­cal struc­ture, not ran­dom nature, to sur­vive
Mon­day, 05 Jan­u­ary 2015
A pre­vi­ously unknown math­e­mat­i­cal prop­erty has been found to be behind one of nature’s great­est mys­ter­ies – how ecosys­tems sur­vive. The…Read More…

News evo­lu­tion

Polar bears are shift­ing to areas with more sea ice
Sat­ur­day, 17 Jan­u­ary 2015
In a new polar bear study pub­lished on 6 Jan­u­ary in the jour­nal PLOS ONE , sci­en­tists from around the Arc­tic have shown that recent gen­er­a­tions of…Read More…
Map­ping snake venom vari­ety reveals unex­pected evo­lu­tion­ary pat­tern
Fri­day, 16 Jan­u­ary 2015
Venom from an East­ern dia­mond­back rat­tlesnake in the Ever­glades is dis­tinct from the cock­tail of tox­ins deliv­ered by the same species in the Florida…Read More…
Ances­tor of horses and rhi­nos orig­i­nated in India while it was still an island
Tues­day, 02 Decem­ber 2014
Work­ing at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of Johns Hop­kins researchers and col­leagues have filled in a major gap in science’s…Read More…

Bio­di­ver­sity News

Nasa’s State of Flux shows our ever chang­ing world


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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Tiger map” (CC BY 2.5) by Sander­son et al., 2006.