The Arctic Report Card

Jeremy Mathis, NOAA Arctic Research Program he said in," The Arctic Report Card". The Arctic is like a refrigerator whose door has been left open and cold is spilling out cascading throughout the norther hemisphere. The average surface air temperature for the year ending September 2017 is the 2nd warmest since 1900; however, cooler spring …

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New regulations set to cost Alberta’s large carbon emitters upwards of $1.2 billion a year — Financial Post

CALGARY — Large carbon emitters in Alberta are expected to pay upwards of $1.2 billion a year in levies by 2020 under updated regulations announced Wednesday. The government, however, said its plan includes a phase-in period and significant funding assistance to make it easier for industry to adapt to the new regime, while offsets and… via …

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China Announces Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade by End of 2017

  China decided to join other countries that ban ivory trade .   China announced that the country will shut down it domestic ivory trade by end of 2017.  China is believed to support 70% of the overall ivory market.  China currently has 34 ivory production companies and 134 ivory retail shops.   Last year, China's President …

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500 Elephants Relocated from Parks with Surplus of Elephants to Park Where They Were Almost

In an effort to reduce the risk of elephant extinction, African Parks, in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), is moving 500 elephants from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi.  In 2016, 250 elephants will be moved from Liwonde, and …

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Sixth Mass Extinction:  The Holocene Extinction

The Holocene extinction is the extinction of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BC).  The extinction includes families of plants and animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has recorded 875 extinctions occurring since 1500 but the vast majority of extinctions are …

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Fifth Mass Extinction: Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event

The Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event occurred 65 million years ago.  In this extinction 17% of families, 50% of all genera, and 75% of all species became extinct.  This extinction is believed to have been caused by an asteroid impact at the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan plateau.  Before this extinction, mammals were few and small, most …

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