Scientists say Great Barrier Reef coral death has reached devastating heights

October 27, 2016 by  
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Data from a period of widespread coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef is trickling in and it does not look good. Researchers are finding that the formerly pristine northern section of the reef has been hit especially hard , with up to 80 percent of corals killed as a result of warming waters or subsequent predators and disease. A recent report from researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook Universit y in Queensland shows the most up to date state of the damage. Scientists have taken several surveys since March, when the area was inundated with unseasonably warm waters – each painting a bleaker picture than the last. Estimates in May suggested at least 50 percent of the northern reef had died, a statistic that was bumped up to 80 percent with these recent findings. “The mortality is devastating really,” senior research fellow Andrew Hoey told The Washington Post . “It’s a lot higher than we had hoped.” Related: No, the Great Barrier Reef isn’t dead – but it is damaged If there is any silver lining to this report, it is that the central and southern areas of the reef were not hit as badly as the north. To put things into perspective, a total 22 percent of corals have died cross the entire reef, according to the The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority . Where the damage is most severe, researchers note the influx of climate change-induced warm waters resulted in the first wave of coral die-off. Invasion of predatory snails and disease have since swept in to kill much of the surviving corals. This particular bleaching event is said to be even worse than those of 1998 and 2002 – though more data needs to be gathered. Hoey says it could take one or two decades for the reef to recover from such devastation, assuming another mass bleaching event does not strike again in that time. With climate change doing anything but slowing down, those chances might be slim. Via  The Washington Post Images via  Wikimedia , Pixabay

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Hurricane Irene and Extreme Weather Killed the Northeast’s Pumpkins. So No Halloween?

October 1, 2011 by  
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Photo: roland under a Creative Commons license . The effects of Hurricane Irene are still being felt long after the storm’s passing. As we start gearing up for Halloween, it turns out there’s a major glitch in the plans, the AP reported: a severe pumpkin shortage . Irene did major damage to farms in the North… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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7-Minute (!) Vegan Meal: Classy Canned Lentil Salad

October 1, 2011 by  
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Me and beans are becoming good friends. Between juggling a yoga studio, instructing, and fitting in my practice, they’re a colorful, nutrient-, protein- rich fix where lackluster granola bars once dominated my diet. Quick n’ simple, legumes deliver. They serve up whopping amounts of folate, potassium, iron and magnesium, good fats, soluble and insoluble fiber and don’t contain cholesterol. A few weeks ago I perched black beans upon quinoa in this

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Ramblers Way Creates Sustainable Luxury Casual Wear for Fall 2011

October 1, 2011 by  
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Ramblers Way wool button down. Photo: Ramblers Way Organic wool comfort wear company Ramblers Way founded by Tom and Kate Chappell, of Tom’s of Maine fame has come a long way since their first collection , comprised of natural blonde wool jersey knits in undergarment basics such as long johns and camisoles. For fall 2011, the Kennebunk, Maine-based fashion label incorporates color fr… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Shark Rescued By Venice Beach Surfers

October 1, 2011 by  
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Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulmannix/552060084 In light of the hard-to-swallow story I wrote about shark fin soup a few weeks ago, I was thrilled see humans show some compassion for this stunning predator. Venice beach surfers risked getting bitten by a baby great white shark this week in order to save the little guy from almost certain death, according to a story on NBC Los Angeles …. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Canada Offers Massive Job Stimulus To Oklahoma

October 1, 2011 by  
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“Cushing, Oklahoma foregoes the usual Welcome Sign and has a Welcome Pipeline on both ends of Hwy 33 as it crosses through their town. ” Image credit: Flickr, FreeWine TransCanada, our pipe surfing neighbor from the Great White North, has extended a gracious offer to the US State of Oklahoma. Per a TransCanada presser : “As the Department of State proceeds with its 90-day consultation period to determine if TransCanada Corporation’s … proposed Keystone XL pipeline is in the U.S. national interest, an independent… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How to Follow TreeHugger to SXSW Eco

September 30, 2011 by  
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TreeHugger Heading to SXSW Eco! The inaugural SXSW Eco starts next Tuesday and TreeHugger will be there to blog and live tweet the activities. We’ll also have a live video stream embedded here. To be honest, we’re not sure what to expect, but as the newest member of the SXSW roster, SXSW Eco is likely get off to a great start. Here’s how to follow along…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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30 Million Asians Were Displaced by Environmental Disasters in 2010

September 22, 2011 by  
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Some stats on the number of people displaced by climate change and extreme weather in 2010. The Guardian reports figures from the Asian Development Bank: Last year more than 30 million people in Asia were displaced by environmental and weather-related disasters. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Wildfire Spreading Rapidly Through Northern Minnesota, Locals Prepare to Evacuate

September 14, 2011 by  
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A still from an animated gif of the smoke spreading through Minnesota. Image: Central Regional Headquarters, NOAA A wildfire has been steadily burning in the Boundary Waters region of Northern Minnesota since August 18, but is now spreading rapidly, covering 16 miles between Monday and Tuesday. The fire took the unexpected turn due to extreme wind and dry conditions, and officials expect it to burn for weeks. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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US Arctic Sea Ice Measurements Show No New Record Minimum Set in 2011, Yet

September 14, 2011 by  
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image: NSIDC German scientists have just said that Arctic sea ice set a new record low this year , but the US National Snow and Ice Data Center has released its own measurements showing a slightly higher sea ice summer so far . The difference between the two observations is just 100,000 square kilometers–4.24 million on September 8 from Germany, 4… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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