The smooth handfish is declared extinct

September 3, 2020 by  
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The International Union for The Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has officially declared the smooth handfish extinct. This news makes the smooth handfish the first fish species to be declared extinct in modern history. The smooth handfish belongs to a family of fish that get their name from their fins, which are shaped like hands. As opposed to swimming, the smooth handfish crawled with its hand-shaped fins across the seafloor. The handfish is among the most unique types of fish. Besides their bright, multicolored bodies, their awkward movement on their hand-like fins makes them stand out from other fish. According to the IUCN, there used to be 14 species of handfish. But after the organization updated its list of endangered species, the smooth handfish has been listed as an extinct species. The smooth handfish has not been seen since the year 1802, despite searches being conducted around the world. Related: We are in the sixth mass extinction, and it is accelerating The IUCN’s announcement marks the first time a fish species has been declared extinct in modern history, according to National Geographic . The unfortunate news now shifts focus on the other species in the handfish family. Alarmingly, seven types of handfish have not been seen since 2000 or earlier. This might mean that these species are also on the verge of extinction . The handfish is a special family of fish that is characterized by isolation. They do not associate with other types of fish and are usually localized in one place. “They spend most of their time sitting on the seabed, with an occasional flap for a few meters if they’re disturbed,” Graham Edgar, marine ecologist, told Scientific American . “As they lack a larval stage, they are unable to disperse to new locations — and consequently, handfish populations are very localized and vulnerable to threats.” While the fish stay on the seafloor, they are faced with many threats. Some of the threats include industrial runoff that affects the quality of seawater. Further, fishing and dredging along the seabed also threaten many fish, including the handfish. Invasive species also pose a threat to these unique creatures. The recent news of the smooth handfish’s extinction opens our eyes to the possibility of losing more precious species if actions are not taken to protect biodiversity . + IUCN Via Mic , National Geographic and Scientific American Image via Kenneth Lu

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Brazilian official murdered as war against environmental activists heats up

November 3, 2016 by  
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In Brazil, the public murder of a government official in Pará state has sparked renewed fear, as the war against stewards of the endangered Amazon rages on. Luiz Alberto Araújo, environment secretary on the city council of Altamira, was killed October 13 after being shot multiple times while sitting in his car in front of his home. His wife and two stepchildren were also in the car, but left unharmed, sending a clear message that Araújo’s death was the only objective of the attack. In his government role, Araújo battled against the growing problem of deforestation in Brazil and the repercussions from the recently built Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. His work earned him numerous death threats, and the official had recently moved from a similar role in another city to avoid danger. Now, in the weeks after his murder, many are calling for the government to step up its protections for environmental activists fighting against illegal logging and mining, as well as a host of humanitarian offenses, which have become common in Pará, one of Brazil’s poorest states. Related: Amazon dam opposed by local tribes halted by Brazilian environmental agency “The killing of Luiz Alberto Araújo marks a new low in the war waged against environmentalists in the Brazilian Amazon,” said Billy Kyte, campaign leader at the NGO Global Witness. “It sends a message that no one is untouchable.” The Guardian reports that over 150 environmental activists have been killed in Brazil since 2012, but most were activists. Araújo’s murder marks the first time a government official has been targeted in the backlash against environmental protections that seeks to put an end to the destruction. Via The Guardian Images via Shutterstock and Eletronotre

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World’s first 3D-printed drug wins FDA approval

August 5, 2015 by  
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its first 3D-printed drug , the epilepsy-fighting Spritam by Aprecia . By turning to 3D printing, drugmakers were able to solve the problem of how to get a mega dose of medication – up to 1,000 mg – into an easy-to-swallow tablet. The solution, it turns out, is a porous formula that rapidly disintegrates with a single sip of liquid. Although the FDA has previously approved the use of various 3D-printed medical devices, this news marks the first consumable drug the agency supports. Read the rest of World’s first 3D-printed drug wins FDA approval

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Endangered red fox caught on camera in Yosemite for first time in 100 years

January 30, 2015 by  
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Yosemite National Park released an image yesterday of an elusive Sierra Nevada red fox, caught by a motion-sensor camera in the park. This news marks the first time one of these foxes has been seen inside the national park in nearly 100 years. Park officials are excited about the discovery, hoping that it means the endangered mammals are doing well. Read the rest of Endangered red fox caught on camera in Yosemite for first time in 100 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal , endangered , endangered species , fox , mammal , national park , Rare , red fox , sighting , Yosemite , yosemite national park

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Casa Incubo shipping container home wraps around a giant cedar tree

January 30, 2015 by  
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Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto

January 30, 2015 by  
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The U.S. Senate voted 62-36 in favor of the highly-contested Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday (1/29), with nine Democrats joining Republicans to show support for the $8 billion project that would transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada’s Tar Sands to the Gulf Coast. Following the vote, the Obama administration reiterated their stance that they will veto any bill that looks to expedite approval for Keystone XL, instead opting to wait for U.S. State Department to complete its investigation as to whether or not the pipeline is in national interests. Sign this petition if you want to see Obama veto Keystone XL. Read the rest of Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , crude oil , Environment , keystone , keystone xl , obama , oil , oil industry , pipeline , senate , Sierra Club , state department , tar sands

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Swine Flu: First Confirmed Case of Dog in U.S. with H1N1

December 23, 2009 by  
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Officials have confirmed a 13-year-old male mixed-breed dog has tested positive for H1N1. This marks the first case of a dog in the United States contracting swine flu. Read more of this story »

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Caterpillar’s D7E Diesel-Electic Hybrid Tractor is an Earth Friendlier Earth Mover

December 23, 2009 by  
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As a construction industry giant, Caterpillar is best known for moving earth, and now the company seems ready to move the entire off-road vehicle and equipment sector into more sustainable technology that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and cuts reliance on fossil fuels . With its new D7E tractor , Caterpillar is out to demonstrate that a diesel-electric hybrid tractor can save fuel and beat the performance of diesel-only equipment. If it proves a successful mix of energy-efficient power and maneuverability, the D7E could inspire other manufacturers to adopt hybrid technology for a wide range of offroad vehicles and equipment, including smaller engines that account of a significant chunk of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., such lawn mowers and ATV’s

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