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Amazon Turtles ‘Talk’ to Their Tots

Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their TotsBrian Horne is coordinator of turtle conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS manages the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium and other sites, in addition to its global conservation work.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 7:23 pm

Patience, Persistence Reveal Sharks’ True Nature

Patience, Persistence Reveal Sharks' True NatureIla France Porcher is a self-taught, published ethologist and the author of "The Shark Sessions." A successful wildlife artist, she documented the behavior of animals she painted. Credited with the discovery of a way to study sharks without killing them, Porcher has been called "the Jane Goodall of sharks" for her documentation of their intelligence in the wild.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 7:20 pm

As Arctic Melts, Shipping Traffic Blasts Wildlife (Op-Ed)

As Arctic Melts, Shipping Traffic Blasts Wildlife (Op-Ed)Gary Strieker was a CNN correspondent for 20 years, covering Africa as Nairobi bureau chief and then traveling the globe to report on the planet's threatened species and habitats. Year by year, summer sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing. Suddenly an area that has always been largely inaccessible is now opening up to new commercial opportunities: ship traffic, oil exploration and who knows what's coming next.  The Arctic Ocean is a harsh, unforgiving place, and any industrialization there will be hazardous, raising extreme risks to life and the fragile environment.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 7:18 pm

In film on alternative car fuels, former Shell executive speaks out

Former president of Shell Oil John Hofmeister testifies at a House Committee hearing in WashingtonBy Lucas Iberico Lozada NEW YORK (Reuters) – Frustrated by what he describes as a lack of political courage, a former president of the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell takes centre stage in a new documentary film that makes the case for using alternative fuels in cars. The movie, "PUMP," blames oil companies, and what is described as their obstructive tactics, as well as political inertia for preventing the widespread adoption of cheaper and cleaner fuels based on natural gas and alcohol in the United States, world's largest economy. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 5:50 pm

Russian businessman freed from house arrest, his company says

Russian services conglomerate Sistema President Vladimir Yevtushenkov speaks during the Reuters Russia Investment Summit in MoscowBy Anastasia Teterevleva MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov was freed from house arrest on Friday, a company spokeswoman said, but the tycoon will have to stay in Russia to face money laundering charges over a deal to acquire a regional oil company. There were conflicting reports in Russian media over whether the head of the Sistema telecoms-to-oil conglomerate had seen a change in the conditions of his pre-trial detention, which some in Russia's business elite said were too harsh. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 4:22 pm

Sunken ‘Ship of Gold’ Contains Bounty of Jewelry, Other Treasures

Sunken 'Ship of Gold' Contains Bounty of Jewelry, Other TreasuresA trove of gold coins, bracelets, buckles and broaches are among the precious treasures retrieved from a 157-year-old shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina. The "Ship of Gold," known in its sailing days as the SS Central America, was loaded down with 30,000 lbs. (13,600 kilograms) of gold when a hurricane sent it to the watery depths 160 miles (260 kilometers) from the coast of South Carolina on Sept. 12, 1857. Now, deep-sea exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., is re-excavating the site. They've also found gold jewelry, gold nuggets and snippets of 19th-century life, from glass containers to chewing tobacco still in its package. 

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 3:45 pm

Russian businessman freed from arrest – Sistema spokeswoman

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov was freed from arrest on Friday, a spokeswoman for his Sistema telecoms-to-oil conglomerate told Reuters. The spokeswoman declined further comment, saying the company would most likely make an official statement on Monday. Yevtushenkov was charged late on Tuesday with money laundering in a deal to acquire a regional oil company five years ago and was placed under house arrest, a measure which was criticised by Russia’s business elite as being excessively harsh. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 1:49 pm

Russia says Exxon still drilling in its Arctic

MOSCOW (Reuters) – ExxonMobil is still drilling in the Russian Arctic, a Russian minister said on Friday, in move that if confirmed will anger Washington after the U.S. administration slapped sanctions on Moscow to suspend such operations by Western oil majors. The joint drilling project in the Kara Sea between Exxon and the Kremlin’s state oil firm Rosneft has become one of the most watched projects by the oil industry after the West ratcheted up sanctions on Moscow for its incursion in Ukraine. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 1:34 pm

Arkema offers Total $2.2 billion for Blu-Tack maker Bostik

View of the logo of French oil giant Total in front of the oil refinery of DongesBy Dominique Vidalon and Ron Bousso PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – French chemicals group Arkema has offered to buy oil major Total's adhesives business Bostik, which makes Blu-Tack, for 1.74 billion euros (1.37 billion pounds). Total, under pressure from shareholders to improve its cash flow and raise dividends, has embarked on a major divestment programme. A sale of Bostik at that price would increase its announced disposals this year to near $20 billion (12.21 billion pounds) – at the top of its target range of $15-$20 billion. …

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 11:50 am

Climate Change: Major Global Shift to Public Transport Can Cut Emissions by 40%

Climate Change: Major Global Shift to Public Transport Can Cut Emissions by 40%A shift from car-centric transport to one based on public transport, walking and cycling can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 1542 megatonnes (1700 megatons) by 2050.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 9:55 am

Green News – Environment and climate change news

Earth news from Telegraph Earth – your source for environment and green news and environment and green issues, with information on farming, climate change, global warming, pollution, green living and recycling, and all other environment issues.

Stingray jumps onto ramp for food

Watch what this stingray does to get food

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 4:07 pm

Cute koalas fight in Australian park

Watch as these adorable koala bears settle a dispute in and Australian park to the delight of tourists

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 3:40 pm

Pictures of the day: 19 September 2014

Swimming with whale sharks, playful tigers and the Scottish Referendum

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 10:45 am

Giant anaconda captured after eating pet dog in French Guiana, in pictures

Seventeen foot snake captured after it eats pet dog in French Guiana

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 1:50 pm

Pictures of the day: 18 September 2014

An erupting volcano, daredevil slackliners and a lost E-Type found

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 11:20 am

London Zoo reveals winners of the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014

London Zoo reveals winners of the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 11:01 pm

Chimps and humans ‘both natural born killers’

It was thought that chimps only fought when humans interfered, but scientists find they have a natural tendency toward violence and slaughter

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 5:00 pm

Flautist plays on as butterfly lands on her face

Japanese flautist Yukie Ota remains calm and even when a butterfly lands on her face

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 10:46 am

Pictures of the day: 17 September 2014

A baby wombat, Britain’s narrowest house and a fruity superhero

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 10:07 am

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano erupts under Northern Lights

Watch as lava leaps up from Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano as the Aurora Borealis dances in the night sky

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 12:58 pm

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Hadrosaur with huge nose discovered: Function of dinosaur’s unusual trait a mystery

Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs — a newly discovered hadrosaur with a truly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists, lived in what is now Utah approximately 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 3:06 pm

Environmental pollutants make worms susceptible to cold

Some pollutants are more harmful in a cold climate than in a hot, because they affect the temperature sensitivity of certain organisms. Now researchers have demonstrated how this happens, and it can help us better predict contamination risks, especially in the Arctic.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 3:06 pm

Seeding plant diversity for future generations

Researchers have constructed a ‘hit list’ of the plant species most needed to boost the overall diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank, which is storing seeds in its vaults for future generations.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 2:34 pm

Spy on penguin families for science

Online volunteers are being asked to classify images of penguin families to help scientists monitor the health of penguin colonies in Antarctica. Recent evidence suggests that populations of many species of penguin, such as chinstrap and Adélie, are declining fast as shrinking sea ice threatens the krill they feed on. By tagging the adults, chicks, and eggs in remote camera images Penguin Watch volunteers will help scientists to gather information about penguin behavior and breeding success, as well as teaching a computer how to count and identify individuals of different species.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 2:25 pm

Climate change report identifies ‘the most vulnerable’ sections of the population

A report has looked at which sections of the population are left most exposed to food shortages after extreme weather events. Extreme weather events leave populations with not enough food both in the short- and the long-term.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 2:18 pm

Using underwater robots for a better understanding of the underwater world

It is where we all came from and it is vital to our future, but Earth’s oceans, seas and waterways remain a mystery to us – a final frontier. A new project is at the forefront of a revolution in communications, creating an underwater ‘internet of things’, that will mobilize robots to work in groups, interacting together and passing back information to us on life underwater.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 12:38 pm

Unique waste cleanup for rural areas developed

A unique method has been developed to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive and quick way to clean up waste from large farming operations and rural sewage treatment plants while reducing pollution.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 1:01 am

Tree rings used to determine history of geological features, arroyos

A new study uses tree rings to document arroyo evolution along the lower Rio Puerco and Chaco Wash in northern New Mexico, USA. By determining burial dates in tree rings from salt cedar and willow, investigators were able to precisely date arroyo sedimentary beds 30 cm thick or greater. They then combined this data with aerial imagery, LiDAR, longitudinal profiles, and repeat surveys to reconstruct the history of these arroyos. Arroyos are deep, oversized channels that have vertical or steeply cut walls made up of silt, clay, or sand.

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 1:00 am

Microplastic pollution discovered in St. Lawrence River sediments

Microplastics have been discovered widely distributed across the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, the first time such pollutants have been found in freshwater sediments. The microbeads likely originate from cosmetics, household cleansers, or industrial cleansers, to which they are commonly added as abrasives. Owing to their small size and buoyancy, they may readily pass through sewage treatment plants. Microplastics are a global contaminant in the world’s oceans, but have only recently been detected in the surface waters of lakes and rivers.

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 8:23 pm

Small, fast, and crowded: Mammal traits amplify tick-borne illness

In the U.S., some 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. Thousands also suffer from babesiosis and anaplasmosis, tick-borne ailments that can occur alone or as co-infections with Lyme disease. In our struggle to manage the ever-growing list of tick-borne diseases, we need to understand which animals magnify human disease risk. New results suggest when generalist pathogens emerge, small mammals with large populations and a fast pace of life warrant careful monitoring.

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 6:15 pm