Staghorn corals killed by bleaching on the northern Great Barrier Reef. Greg Torda / ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
A new map released by the Australian Research Council shows unprecedented coral bleaching in the last nine months in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, resulting in the largest coral die-off ever recorded.
About two-thirds of reefs have died in the most-impacted northern region stretching 435 miles and researchers estimate the damage could take up to 15 years to recover. Global warming, combined with a strong El Niño, caused disastrous coral bleaching across the world this year.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
“Most of the losses in 2016 have occurred in the northern, most-pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef,” said Professor Terry Hughes, director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based at James Cook University, who undertook extensive aerial surveys at the height of the bleaching. “This region escaped with minor damage in two earlier bleaching events in 1998 and 2002, but this time around it has been badly affected.”
Researcher Grace Frank completes bleaching surveys. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Whether or not the turtle was dead at the time the boys ‘surfed’ on its back doesn’t matter; this kind of cruelty against animals is unacceptable.
It’s not nice to harm wildlife – nor is it financially intelligent. Two guys, one named Ricky Rogers and his unnamed friend, found this out the hard way after they posted a photo of themselves ‘surfing’ on a turtle’s back on Facebook.
Captioned “Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeeee,” the image shows two guys standing on the shell of a tortoise. Huff Postreports that it didn’t take long for wildlife authorities to be informed of this travesty, after the photo wildlife photographer Matt Wright shared to Facebook went viral.
Michael Beatty, spokesman for Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Queensland, told the Fraser Coast Chronicle:
“These guys are just complete idiots ― there’s no way they should be doing what they were doing.”
That’s likely the understatement of the century, but like so many ignorant individuals, they harmed wildlife for the sake of a photo. At present, authorities are investigating whether or not the turtle was already dead at the time the picture was taken. This is because shortly after the infamous photo was taken, the boys shared another picture of a dead tortoise with ‘RIP’ written next to it.
As Michael Beatty points out, it really doesn’t matter if the turtle was dead or not. This kind of cruelty against animals is not acceptable, and now the ‘complete idiots’ will be facing a fine of up to $20,000.
Global warming and climate change are terms for the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s , climate system and its related effects. Multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming. But what is realyy warming the Earth?
A new study found that viral levels in Rio’s water are 1.7 MILLION times what Europe or the U.S. consider “worrying.”
With the Olympic Games just around the corner in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, doctors are warning athletes to keep their mouths closed while in the water. The reason? Well, a 16-month-long study which determined viral levels in the city’s water to be 1.7 MILLION times what Europe or the US consider to be “worrying.”
The mind-boggling reality is a result of raw sewage being pumped into the water. In fact, it’s estimated that ingesting just three teaspoons of the water is enough to many anyone seriously ill.
The news is especially concerning for the athletes that participate in water sports, such as rowing and sailing. Distractify relays that Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Gloria Marina are among the most contaminated places in the area. At the Lagoon, where rowing will take place, scientists found 1.73 billion adenoviruses per litre. Compare that to a location like California – a U.S. state that some of the most polluted water – which has viral readings in the thousands.
Effects of swallowing the toxic water may result in stomach and respiratory illnesses. In addition, heart and brain inflammation are also concerning possibilities. The most frightening aspect of this news is the fact that antibiotics would be useless against these viruses.
According to Dr. Valerie Harwood of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida, 16 months of vigorous testing found that 90% of all locations had high levels of the viruses.
The physician states:
“That’s a very, very, very high percentage. Seeing that level of human pathogenic virus is pretty much unheard of in surface waters in the US. You would never, ever see these levels because we treat our waste water. You just would not see this.”
Credit: LA Times
Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones in danger, obviously. Many of the beaches, according to Dr. Harwood, are also contaminated. Her advice to the half a million tourists who will flock to the city? Avoid putting your head under water. Swimmers who ingest the water get “violently ill.”
Sadly, even the sand isn’t believed to be safe. Harwood advises parents to keep their your kids from playing in the sand because samples of sand from beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema revealed viruses which could pose a health risk to babies and toddlers.
“Both of them have pretty high levels of infectious adenovirus. You know how quickly an infant can get dehydrated and have to go to the hospital. That’s the scariest point to me,” said Dr. Harwood.
Olympic officials insist that the water is safe, but this latest finding by the Associated Press indicates otherwise. Hopefully, this news serves as a wake-up call for the rest of the planet to adopt more sustainable habits before other waterways become toxic and polluted.
Stop and smell the roses or grab some food or chat with locals on the nation’s longest greenway. Soon, traveling from Florida to Maine and back won’t require a car.
The East Coast Greenway will stretch from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, a 2,900-mile distance. The project will provide non-motorized users a unique way to travel up and down the East Coast through 25 cities and 16 states. Walkers, cyclists, runners and other active-transportation users will be able to travel on a continuous, firm and paved greenway with a route specifically designed to give travelers a traffic-free experience, East Coast Greenway Alliance, the non-profit organization behind the project.
“Our route has been chosen to provide the traveler with an ever-changing, interesting and scenic landscape, whether urban, suburban, small town, industrial or rural,” the organization states on its website.
The greenway will provide access to public transportation as well as points of interest encountered along its route.
The alliance has been working on this project since the early 1990s, Seeker reported. It wasn’t until last year, though, when the project really picked up some steam. Construction of the greenway relies on local development, giving each state or locality ownership over their stretch of the path. Separate pieces will then be connected to complete the greenway.
So far one-third of the greenway has been built. The East Coast Greenway Alliance plans to add complementary and branching routes to the project in the future.
“It’s about seeing America at the right speed, where you can take in all of the culture around you,” Dennis Markatos-Soriano, alliance executive director, told CityLab. “And you don’t have a windshield between yourself and the community.”