Scientists finally know what is causing the underwater ‘fairy circles’ and it’s not good

August 11, 2017 by  
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Have you — like many — been dumbfounded by the mysterious underwater “fairy circles” found in the Mediterranean and Baltic sea? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, scientists finally know what is causing the sea floor phenomena, though it’s not likely to cheer you up. It turns out the “bald patches” devoid of vegetation are actually caused by a foreign species which may put entire ecosystems at risk. In the paper “Fairy Circle Landscapes Under The Sea,” published by Science Advances , lead researcher Daniel Ruiz-Reynés wrote that the invading species are being driven into the areas by polluted waters and climate change : “The spatial organisation of vegetation landscapes is a key factor in the assessment of ecosystem health and functioning,” he wrote, adding, “Spatial configurations of vegetation landscapes act as potential indicators of climatic or human forcing affecting the ecosystem.” The scientific name for the seagrass is Posidonia oceanica, and its dwindling presence signals that the region it is located in is threatened. If large populations of the seagrass disappear, the planet’s larger ecosystem will be affected, the researchers concluded. Unfortunately, it appears the circles, which have been found around the Danish coast as well as the Balearic islands, are more prevalent than scientists realized. This is because they are located below water . “Satellite images and side-scan cartography reveals that complex seascapes are abundant in meadows of Posidonia oceanica, suggesting that self-organised submarine vegetation patterns may be prevalent but have remained thus far largely hidden under the sea,” wrote Ruiz-Reynés. Furthermore, because the seagrass has a very low growth rate, losses are “essentially irreversible.” Related: Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert Using findings from previous studies and by creating a mathematical model based on seagrass growth rates and long-distance interaction between underwater plants, the team was able to determine the cause of the fairy circles . Long story short, the competition for resources changes the dynamics of seagrass growth and is largely propelled by both climate change and pollution . This discovery is both intriguing and frightening, considering enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the globe four times — and of that amount, 80 percent makes its way into the oceans . If humans collectively fail to curb carbon emissions and only haphazardly invest in sustainable initiatives, the effects of climate change will result in much of the planet becoming uninhabitable, as well as various species going extinct . + Science Advances Via The Daily Mail Images via University of Southern Denmark , Pixabay

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Mediterranean to become desert unless global warming limited to 1.5C, study warns

October 31, 2016 by  
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Southern Spain could look like the Sahara unless global warming is held to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, the global average temperature target governments agreed to in Paris. That is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Science titled “Climate change: The 2015 Paris Agreement thresholds and Mediterranean basin ecosystems.” According to the analysis, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), desertification could overtake many areas around the Mediterranean by the end of the century, altering ecosystems in ways not seen in 10,000 years. The researchers examined pollen cores from sediments during the Holocene, the geological epoch that began more than 10,000 years ago. They than compared the information from past conditions to predictions of future climate and vegetation under different climate change scenarios. Warming beyond 2 degrees Celsius could cause an expansion of deserts in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East with decidious forests replaced by shrubs and bushes. Related: 6 Brilliant designs to fight desertification The Mediterranean region is already warming at a more rapid pace than the rest of the world. Since 1880 when modern record-keeping began, average land and ocean surface temperature has increased by .85 degrees Celsius (1.5 degrees Fahrenheit). However, the Mediterranean basin has seen 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming. “The main message is really to maintain at less than 1.5C,” Joel Guiot, palaeoclimatologist at the European Centre for Geoscience Research and Education in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the study’s lead author, told The Guardian. “For that, we need to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases very quickly, and start the decreasing now, and not by 2020, and to arrive at zero emissions by 2050 and not by the end of the century.” + Climate change: The 2015 Paris Agreement thresholds and Mediterranean basin ecosystems Via Inside Climate News Images via Good Free Photos  and Wikimedia

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Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

August 27, 2015 by  
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Wild birds are being hunted by the millions throughout Mediterranean Europe with impunity, despite strong laws against the practice. It is estimated that 25 million birds are hunted annually, using cruel trapping methods, such as tangled nets, metal traps, and glue-covered tree branches. Egypt, Italy, and Syria are the biggest offenders, yet several nations engage in the practice. Why are people getting away with this? Read the rest of Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

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15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

August 27, 2015 by  
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Sweet ECOmbo camper offers 95-square-feet of exhilirating solar-powered adventure

August 27, 2015 by  
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Audi e-tron quattro concept previews the fully electric Q6 e-tron SUV

August 27, 2015 by  
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The Tesla Model X electric SUV is finally going to arrive this fall, but it may not be too long until other automakers release their own fully electric SUVs. Audi has already announced plans to introduce an electric SUV in 2018 and now the automaker has released a few teaser photos of the e-tron quattro concept that previews the new electric Q6 e-tron. The e-tron quattro concept is going to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Read the rest of Audi e-tron quattro concept previews the fully electric Q6 e-tron SUV

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Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

June 6, 2015 by  
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McDonald’s Canada Launches First Vegetarian Option in 10 Years

August 29, 2013 by  
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McDonald’s Canada is trying to turn over a new leaf, or at least draw in an unlikely vegetarian crowd with their new menu. For the first time in ten years the fast food chain will be offering vegetarian fare alongside its “ pink slime ” Chicken McNuggets and Big Mac. The Canadian counterpart will soon be offering two meat-free options, the Mediterranean Veggie and Sante Fe Veggie McWraps. Read the rest of McDonald’s Canada Launches First Vegetarian Option in 10 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , McDonald’s Canada , McDonald’s Vegetarian options , McDonalds Mediterranean Veggie McWrap , McDonalds’ Santa Fe Veggie Wrap , sustainable design        

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7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

August 29, 2013 by  
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Summer is almost over, which means it’s high time to hit the road on an outdoor adventure while you still can! Fortunately, thanks to the latest green gadgets , you can delve into the wilderness without giving up modern convenience — whether you’re hiking, biking, climbing or camping. From portable and powerful Energizer® LED Lights to an energy-generating stove and a space-age water-filtering bottle , read on for our top green gadgets to bring modern convenience to the great outdoors. Read the rest of 7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 7 Green Gadgets For Your Outdoor Adventures , clean tech , Earl tablet , energizer , flashlight , gadget charger , green camping , green camping gear , green design , green gadgets , green technology , LED , led flashlight , led lamp , LED lamps , LED lantern , led light , light fusion , off-grid gadgets , outdoor gadgets , portable energy generator , renewable energy , Solar Backpack , solar power backpack , sustainable design , sustainable technology , Voltaic , Voltaic Backpack , water filtering bottle , water filtering water bottles        

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Measles May be Killing Dolphins Along America’s East Coast

August 29, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Bottlenose dolphin mortality along the east coast of the United States is nine times higher than average and – according to NOAA – may be attributed to the same disease that sends people to the hospital every year: measles. All told, from North Carolina to New York City, nearly 500 dolphins have been found stranded on beaches this year when normally that number hovers around 150. Many of the dolphins found had lesions on their bodies, an indicator for cetacean morbillivirus , as dolphin measles is known. Read the rest of Measles May be Killing Dolphins Along America’s East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae blooms and dolphins , animal viruses , cetacean morbillivirus , dead dolphins , dolphin measles , dolphins , east coast dead dolphins , environmental cause of dolphin deaths , mass dolphin deaths , measles , United States east coast , why are dolphins dying in America        

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