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Climate Change Could be to Blame for Smaller Salamanders

Scientists suggest climate change could be the reason salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains are getting smaller. In a study earlier this year in the journal Global Change Biology, researchers compared museum specimens of salamanders collected in the course of a half-century beginning in 1957 with those measured at the same sites in 2011 and 2012. They measured almost 9,500 adult salamanders and... 

America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2014 List Released, San Joaquin River in California Number 1

The yearly report of America’s Most Endangered Rivers was released on Wednesday by the Washington-based environmental group. At the top of the list for 2014 was San Joaquin River in central California, one of the sources of San Francisco’s drinking water and an agricultural resource for San Joaquin Valley. Four million people live in the San Joaquin watershed and 23 million Californians... 

Videos of Bison Fleeing Yellowstone have People Questioning Volcano Eruption

Viral videos of Bison fleeing Yellowstone National Park have rumors swirling that the super-volcano located under the park would be erupting soon. Yellowstone National Park dismissed those rumors on Friday about the super-volcano erupting soon. Amy Bartlett said the bison were simply running deeper into the park. “It was a spring-like day and they were frisky. Contrary to online reports, it’s... 

Researchers Create Water Filter Using Sapwood Tree

Researchers have created a simple and more cost effective way to filter water that could revolutionize the way people access clean water around the world. At a conference, Rohit Karnik found himself fascinated by a scientist’s description of how sap flows through trees. He realized that the way that trees have evolved to prevent air bubbles from forming and blocking their circulatory system might... 

Having a White or Green Roof Could Offset Global Warming

According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, painting roofs white or covering them with plants could help offset global warming. The study finds that these type of measures are effective in offsetting or counteracting the effects of city growth and global warming due to greenhouse gases, but researchers warn there needs to be careful planning for... 

Iberian Lynx Threatened by Climate Change and Face Extinction in 50 Years

The Iberian lynx, a bobcat native to Spain and Portugal and considered the world’s most endangered cat species, has been threatened for many years by humans, but within the next five decades will die out because of climate change. According to a new study by researchers from the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Macroecology Evolution and Climate, “Our models show that the anticipated... 

California Wildfire Forces Thousands to Evacuate from Mountain Town

Thousands of California residents in San Jacinto Mountains have fled from their homes because of the wildfire that has grown out of control. The blaze, which is only 15% contained and covers 22,800 acres, has been burning toward desert areas but changed direction after a weather system began moving into the area, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Melody Lardner told The Times. “They are stepping... 

Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica Glacier, Global Warming Not the Cause

A giant iceberg broke off of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier on Monday and is now floating in the Amundsen Sea, according to a team of German scientists. The iceberg is estimated to be about 278 square miles in area, a little less than the size of New York City’s five boroughs or about the size of Chicago. The satellite images were taken by the German Aerospace Center, courtesy of their TerraSAR-X... 

Wild Parsnip: A Poisonous Weed too Watch for

Poison Parsnip has become more common in the United States and is usually found in areas where other common weeds thrive, but it’s become a health concern. This non-native poison or better known as wild parsnip from Europe and Asia is in the same family as several other common weeds and wildflowers, such as Queen Anne’s Lace, dill, carrots and celery. Related to the parsnips grown by gardeners... 

Thousands of Bees Found Dead in Wilsonville, Oregon

Thousands of dead bees were found in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon early this week. This discovery is being named the one of the largest mass deaths of bees in the Western US, a local environmental organization says. The bees “were literally falling out of the trees,” said Rich Hatfield, a Xerces Society conservation biologist. “To our knowledge this is one of the largest... 
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