Mass die-offs of certain animals has increased in frequency every year for seven decades, according to a new study. Researchers found that such events, which can kill more than 90 per cent of a population, are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates. The reasons for the die-offs are diverse, with effects tied to humans such as environmental contamination accounting for about a fifth of them. Three US institutions say mass die-offs are now more common. They have increased by one event per year for 70 years. Pictured are dead tilapia floating near Salton Sea Beach in California, US on 19 Januray 11. They were killed by erosion and high toxicity levels from farm runoff The research was carried out by three US institutions - the University of San Diego, Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley - and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next How will YOUR country cope with climate … [Read more...] about Why are so many animals dying? More mass death events occurring now than ever before, study claims
A wildlife photographer has shared a heartbreaking image of a fish found dead after apparently with a plastic wrapper hanging from its mouth. The dogfish was found with the packaging protruding from its face on a beach in West Somerset. The photographer who snapped the sad scene attempted to pull the wrapper free, but claimed it was completely stuck. Later, photographer Liz Elmont hit back at claims the photo was staged, saying 'I just said I saw it wash up like this with the wrapper stuck'. It is the latest in a rapidly growing number of marine creatures caught up in the rising tide of oceanic plastic pollution. Scroll down for video A wildlife photographer has shared a heartbreaking image of a fish found dead with plastic energy bar wrapper in its mouth. The dogfish was found with a plastic wrapper stuck in its mouth on a beach in West Somerset The fish was found by nature-lover Ms Elmont, who snapped the photo on Dunster beach and said it represented a much … [Read more...] about Heartbreaking image of a dead fish with a plastic wrapper poking out of its mouth lays bare the scourge of waste in our oceans
Humans are now driving mammals to extinction at rates much faster than Earth’s species may be able to recover from, a new study warns. Even in the best-case scenario, worrying new estimates suggest it will take upwards of 5 million years for mammal species to bounce back to current biodiversity levels following the extinctions expected to occur over the next five decades. The researchers say evolution will not be able to keep up with the rate by which mammal species are dying out unless we ramp up conservation efforts. Humans are now driving mammals to extinction at rates much faster than Earth’s species may be able to recover from, a new study warns. Large mammal species such as the Asian elephant are disproportionately at risk. File photo While Earth has experienced five mass extinctions in its history, the current phenomenon is unique in that it is caused by humans, not natural disasters. In the new study, researchers from Aarhus University and the University of … [Read more...] about Scientists warn extinction now outpaces evolution as study finds it will take MILLIONS of years for mammals to recover from human-caused losses
When people are rushing between headliners at festivals, the last thing on their minds might be how to recycle their food containers, or where they put their reusable cup. But, with more and more focus on going green, festivals across the UK are pledging to cut back on plastics, leftover waste and even glitter. So, BBC Reality Check asks - what are the biggest environmental impacts of festivals and what's being done to combat them? TravelIn the UK, transport accounts for most greenhouse gas emissions at 26%, according to the Office for National Statistics. And similarly, audience travel to and from sites tends to make up most of a festival's carbon footprint. Cars, lift shares and trains are the most popular forms of transport.Festival goers might not want to take public transport while carrying the weekend's supplies on their backs. But, with UK audience numbers hitting nearly four million in 2016, live music events might need to take further steps to reduce their emissions. Most … [Read more...] about Can music festivals go green?
The father of a former teaching assistant at the University of Illinois who was convicted of killing a young visiting Chinese scholar said he believes his son’s actions could have been prevented if the university counselors his son spoke to had taken proper action. "How can somebody that is like this commit a crime like this? It makes no sense," Mike Christensen told ABC News in an exclusive interview about his son, Brendt Christensen. "Something had to have happened. Something snapped." Watch the full story on "20/20" FRIDAY, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET Brendt Christensen was convicted of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang in June 2017. He was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year. Both Zhang and Christensen attended University of Illinois’ main campus in Urbana-Champaign. Zhang was a visiting scholar studying environmental sciences. It took a jury less than two hours to convict Christensen, as his defense attorneys admitted in their opening statement that he … [Read more...] about Father of convicted Chinese scholar’s killer says her death could have been prevented if university took proper action