Arctic Peregrines impacted by increasing precipitation Rain, crucial to sustaining life on Earth, is proving deadly for young peregrine falcons in Canada's Arctic.
A University of Alberta study recently published in Oecologia shows that an increase in the frequency of heavy rain brought on by warmer summer temperatures is posing a threat not seen in this species since before pesticides such as DDT were banned from use in Canada in 1970.
The study is among the first to directly link rainfall to survival of wild birds in Canada.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot Explained The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a persistent anticyclonic storm that just won't die, making it one of the solar system's most mysterious landmarks. Earth observations estimate that the storm has been around for centuries and it is not known how long the storm and spot will last – even when fluid dynamics prove that the storm must die. However, for the first time, researchers have made progress on divulging the secrets of the giant storm's longevity.
Orangutan as fashionista "Do you have these pants in black?" a question generally heard from the changing rooms of clothing retailers. However over the coming months more of the queries that you'll hear echoing in boutiques and malls will be, "Is this shirt made from Orangutan or Caribou habitat?" Canopy, an environmental not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world's forests, species and climate recently launched a campaign to ensure endangered forests do not end up in clothing. Rayon, viscose and modal fabrics are made from pulped trees. Canopy is raising awareness that much of today's fast fashion and haute couture comes at a cost to the forests we love.
Geminids Meteor Shower Caused by Rock Comet The Geminids are a fast, bright, and reliable meteor shower that can be observed every December (with the morning of the 14th usually marking the peak of highest intensity.) During this time, the sky fills with flashes of light shooting out of the constellation Gemini. But where exactly do the meteors come from? Meteor showers are supposed to come from comets, yet there is no comet that matches the orbit of the Geminid debris stream. Instead, the orbit of the Geminids is occupied by a thing called "3200 Phaethon" - a five-kilometer diameter asteroid. Resembling a rocky asteroid, Phaethon swoops by the sun every 1.4 years, much like a comet would, but it never sprouts a dusty tail to replenish the Geminids. That is, until now.
Pollution-Free Boating The Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Ford C-Max Energi are the top three electric vehicles on the roadways, but what about our waterways? Electric cars aren’t the only vehicles transforming sustainable and economical transportation. Electric boats are also traversing historic waterways and canals that have been polluted with oil and noise. Electric boats may be the only watercraft permitted on municipal waters by 2020, and New Electric is already influencing the electric vehicles industry as an electric-conversion business dedicated to battery-powered boats.
About 700 million gallons of oil pollute oceans every year, according to Clean Technica. Engine-exhaust from conventional boats and ships only worsens the harmful environmental effects. Not only is the ocean and air polluted, marine animals suffer from intense noise pollution. Watercraft are actually detrimental to sea life, such as orcas and dolphins, because of their sensitivity to loud sounds. Electric-converted watercraft are quieter and produce no air pollution.