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News zoos

Snow leop­ard cub taken from wild will be used for edu­ca­tional pur­poses in Pak­istan
Fri­day, 05 Decem­ber 2014
A young snow leop­ard that has been kept in a small cage on the side of Pakistan’s Karako­ram high­way for two years after being cap­tured will get a…Read More…
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…

News bio­di­ver­sity

Pygmy sea­horse, mas­ters of cam­ou­flage
Sat­ur­day, 13 Decem­ber 2014
Over the sum­mer, biol­o­gists from the Cal­i­for­nia Acad­emy of Sci­ences in San Fran­cisco returned from an expe­di­tion to the Philip­pines with some very…Read More…
Tin­ker­ing with the Tao of pan­das, they’re not so picky after all
Sun­day, 07 Decem­ber 2014
Good news on the panda front: Turns out they’re not quite as del­i­cate – and picky – as thought. Up until now, infor­ma­tion gleaned from 30 years…Read More…
Wild­cats born in the Nether­lands in the wild
Sun­day, 07 Decem­ber 2014
For the first time since cen­turies wild­cats born in the wild have been recorded in the Nether­lands. The Dutch con­ser­va­tion organ­i­sa­tion ARKRead More…

News evo­lu­tion

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…
Darwin’s writ­ings being digi­tised: already 12,000 papers online
Sat­ur­day, 29 Novem­ber 2014
The ori­gins of Darwin’s the­ory of evo­lu­tion – includ­ing the pages where he first coins and com­mits to paper the term ‘nat­ural selec­tion’ –…Read More…
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…

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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