Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air


ScienceDaily

Great White shark. Photo by Pterantula (Terry Goss) 
Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change. Story here.

Only Solution, Says McKibben, 100% Renewables 'As Fast as Humanly Possible'

CommonDreams

"No more half-measures," warns prominent climate author and activist. Story here.

Solar panels on a roof top in Germany. Photo by R-E-AL

Pesticide increases probability of bumblebee extinction.

Nature Ecology & Evolution
Pollinators are in global decline and agricultural pesticides are a potential driver of this. Story here.


How climate change has altered Kodiak bears' feeding habits


PNAS
Red elderberry and sockeye salmon make up a large portion of a Kodiak bear's diet; usually, the bears treat themselves to spawning salmon before the elderberry season begins. Recently, warmer springs have shifted the elderberry fruiting time to an earlier period, which coincides with the salmon spawn. Researchers observed how warmer springs affected the bears' diets, and found that bears left the streams to forage on berries on adjacent hillsides, disrupting an ecological link that typically fertilizes terrestrial ecosystems and generates high mortality rates for salmon. These findings contribute to the ongoing exploration of the effects of climate change on specific predator-prey relationships and ecosystems as a whole.

Lake Trout adjust their behaviour in the face of a changing climate, new Canadian study reveals.

UM TODAY
                    News

The scientists observed a reduction in the fish’s growth and condition, which can impact their reproductive success. Story here.

Dirty business: The livestock farms polluting the UK

THE BUREAU
OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

A Bureau investigation has found pig, poultry and dairy farms are releasing harmful pollution once a week on average in England and Wales. STORY HERE.

We Hardly Know Anything About the Deep-Sea Life we Are Destroying.


BuzzFeed News

A weedy sea dragon. Photo by Richard Ling.
There's been hardly any research into most residents of the deep oceans, despite it being the biggest habitat on Earth – and it's making them harder to protect, according to a new review. Story here.