Carnivorous marsupial alive and well after being presumed extinct for 100 years

December 18, 2017 by  
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A carnivorous marsupial thought to be extinct for a century has been found alive in the Australian state of New South Wales. The crest-tailed mulgara, one of two mulgara species, is known to have endured in the arid region of Central Australia. Its discovery in Sturt National Park near the northwest corner of New South Wales is a surprise, considering that the crest-tailed mulgara’s presence in the region was previously limited to fossilized bone fragments. Documenting the crest-tailed mulgara’s population distribution was also complicated by the fact that until 2005, crest-tailed and bush-tailed mulgaras were considered to be the same species. The crest-tailed mulgara was one of Australia’s many native species that fell victim to invasive animals . “The crest-tailed mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy desert environments in inland Australia, but declined due to the effects of rabbits, cats and foxes,” said Rebecca West of the University of New South Wales . West’s team at the university’s Wild Desert project discovered the crest-tailed mulgara in New South Wales during a recent scientific monitoring trip. Mulgaras are nocturnal and do not need to drink water , instead gaining the moisture that they need through the insects, reptiles and small mammals that they eat. Related: Google Street View captures the migration of millions of crabs on Christmas Island The mulgara’s rediscovery comes at an opportune time for the team, which is preparing to implement a predator reintroduction and rabbit eradication effort. “The aim of this project is to return mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years in Sturt National Park,” said Jaymie Norris, National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager.“Rabbits, cats and foxes will be eradicated from two 20-square-kilometre fenced exclosures in Sturt National Park, before locally extinct mammals are reintroduced.” Via ScienceAlert Images via Reece Pedler/UNSW and Depositphotos

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India plans to build the worlds largest solar-wind power plant

December 18, 2017 by  
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When it comes to  clean energy , few nations stand out like India . The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest solar-wind hybrid project in the district of Anantapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh. According to Cleantechnica , the plant will have a capacity of 160 megawatts—120 megawatts coming from solar and the other 40 megawatts via wind. And, in line with a pledge to end investment in fossil fuels , the World Bank is putting up $155 million for the project. The massive solar-wind complex will cover roughly 1,000 acres of land and include a battery storage system that will allow it to function around the clock irrespective of wind and weather conditions. Anantapur has struggled with grid failure and power fluctuations in the past and the hope is that the new system will offer a steady, reliable flow of power to residents through energy storage. Related:  India added more rooftop solar in 2017 than the past 4 years combined If all goes as anticipated, the pilot project will be scaled to serve other areas of Andhra Pradesh experiencing grid failures. And while this is not the first time this sort of technology has been proposed, it is the biggest solar-wind hybrid project on the books. The World Bank will work with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the renewable energy agency of Andhra Pradesh, NREDCAP, and Andhra Pradesh Transco, to bring it to fruition. The Andhra Pradesh government is shooting for 10 GW of solar and 8 GW of wind by 2022. Hybrid-wind and solar plants are expected to account for 3GW of the total. Via Cleantechnica Images via Pixabay

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First mammal species succumbs to climate change

June 15, 2016 by  
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Scientists from Australia’s University of Queensland and the Queensland government suspect the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent likely only found on the island of Bramble Cay, is the first species to go extinct because of climate change. The rodents were last spotted in 2009, and a thorough search in 2014 yielded not a single one. The scientists prepared a report and said the rodent’s status should be altered from ‘endangered’ to ‘extinct.’ The Bramble Cay melomys, or Melomys rubicola , was thought to live only on the tiny island of Bramble Cay, which is about 340 meters by 150 meters , or 1,115 feet by 492 feet. The Queensland government reports the size of Bramble Cay changes with the seasons, and the scientists think rising sea levels contributed to the Bramble Cay melomys’ demise. The waves destroyed much of their habitat and possibly even some of the rodents themselves. Related: Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world’s amphibians by 2200 Over the course of six nights, the scientists set up 150 mammal traps a night, and came up empty. They also ran 60 camera traps and conducted two hours of ” active daytime searches .” They also spoke with a fisherman who visits the island every year, who confirmed the rodent hadn’t been sighted since 2009. They finally concluded the Bramble Cay melomys is very likely extinct, and is possibly the first mammal species to perish because of climate change caused by humans. There might be a small hope for the species: the researchers think there could be some yet undiscovered on nearby Papua New Guinea . They think the Bramble Cay melomys could have arrived on the tiny island in the first place by floating on debris from Papua New Guinea. If that was the case, the rodents could still be there. The scientists suggested surveys of that island to search for any Bramble Cay melomys that may be lingering. Ecologist John White from Deakin University told The Guardian, “I am of absolutely no doubt we will lose species due to the increasing pressure being exerted by climate change. Species restricted to small, low lying islands, or those with very tight environmental requirements are likely to be the first to go.” Via The Guardian Images via The University of Queensland and screenshot

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U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

March 27, 2015 by  
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Federal authorities have granted permission to an American hunter to kill an endangered  black rhino in Namibia, and then bring the so-called trophy back to the United States. This is the most recent development in a saga that began nearly two years ago, when the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a permit to hunt the endangered creature. The winning bidder paid $350,000 for the chance to bag a Black Rhino, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  (USFWS) initially denied his request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. However, upon determining that the proceeds from the auction and subsequent hunt will go towards conservation efforts, the agency has  given the go-ahead . Read the rest of U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black rhino , dallas safari club , East africa , endangered , extinct , fish and wildlife service usfws , hunt , hunting , namibia , permits , poach , rhino , texas

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British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

January 22, 2015 by  
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In a desperate attempt to save the endangered mountain caribou of British Columbia, Canada, the government there has ordered a death sentence for up to 183 grey wolves. Populations of South Selkirk mountain caribou have dwindled into the double digits, and the provincial government blames the iconic wolf species for putting the caribou in danger of extinction . Wolves are often made out to be “the bad guys” when another species is in trouble, and then targeted for killing , but there is a lot of controversy surrounding their relative guilt or innocence. Read the rest of British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british columbia , canada , caribou , conservation , cull , culling , endangered , endangered species , extinct , extinction , killing , population management , populations , predators , shooting , Wildlife , wildlife management , wolf , wolves

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Spiraling Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory Honors the World’s Extinct Species

June 24, 2013 by  
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Cornerstone Sonoma is a Showcase of World-Class Landscape Architecture in Northern California

June 24, 2013 by  
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Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan

May 7, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A 13-year search for one of the smallest big cats in the world just ended, confirming what many feared: The Formosan clouded leopard is extinct in Taiwan . The more than decade-long search involved 1,500 infrared cameras, baited fur traps, and countless hours of fieldwork by zoologists from Taiwan and the U.S. But habitat loss, poaching and the lack of prey combined to seal the fate of the beautiful cat. Read the rest of Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , clouded leopard , endangered species , extinct leopard , Formosan clouded leopard , habitat loss , Neofelis nebulosa brachyura , poaching , Taiwan , threatened animals , Wildlife , Wildlife conservation        

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Pink Intruder Unveils Gorgeous Pixelated Cardboard Pavilion in Valencia, Spain

May 7, 2013 by  
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Atelier 37.2?s Sloping House Appears to Explode On An Extinct Volcano in France

December 24, 2012 by  
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