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May 12, 2018

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 131 – 2018

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May 11, 2018

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 130 – 2018

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May 10, 2018

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 129 – 2018

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May 9, 2018

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 128 – 2018

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May 8, 2018

13th Coldest April USA Ever

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Coldest April in 20 Years – USA

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Coldest April in 20 years. 13th Coldest.

3 states (Wisconson, Iowa and Minnesota) were 9F colder than normal.

2 states set a record for coldest April. 1 set a record for hottest.

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 127 – 2018

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May 7, 2018

Congrats India – Every Village Now Has Access to Electricty

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Every village (not every house)  now has access to electricity in India.

Pretty amazing accomplishment.

“About 270 million Indians had no access to electricity in 2014 — making up one third of the world’s powerless.”

“After taking charge in May 2014, Modi announced his bold plan to provide electricity for all. The following year he added details, pledging to connect 18,452 villages identified as powerless within 1,000 days — in other words, by May 1, 2018. (India has more than 597,000 villages.) He followed up with a proposal to provide electricity access to every home by the end of March 2019. The first goal appears to be within reach. The second, though, may take longer.”

I’m sure the villagers appreciate fossil fuels.

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Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 126 – 2018

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Evolving at Unprecedented Speed

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Wait! I thought Animals Were Fixed In Stone and Couldn’t Change or Adapt?

Sprawling cities are forcing animals to evolve at ‘unprecedented speeds’ in an effort to survive their urban environments

  • Comments were made by Professor Menno Schilthuizen at Leiden University
  • ‘I think Darwin underestimated the speed [that evolution] can happen,’ he said
  • Cities have forced great tits to learn to open caps off milk bottles and lizards have  developed stickier feet to climb up buildings

Our cities are ‘powerhouses of evolution’ where animals are adapting to their environment at ‘unprecedented speeds’.

That’s according to evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen who claims that, far from being desolate wastelands, cities are helping create new species.

Professor Schilthuizen, who is author of ‘Darwin Comes to Town’, claims humans are helping speed up this process, with some surprising results.

Our cities are ‘powerhouses of evolution’ where animals are adapting to their environment at 'unprecedented speeds'. For instance, bobcats in Hollywood have evolved to be genetically different from those living north of the 101 freeway

Our cities are ‘powerhouses of evolution’ where animals are adapting to their environment at ‘unprecedented speeds’. For instance, bobcats in Hollywood have evolved to be genetically different from those living north of the 101 freeway

In an in-depth interview with National Geographic’s Simon Worrall, Processor Schilthuizen explains how cities are creating a new breed of ‘London Underground Mosquito’.

Despite its name, the London Underground Mosquito can be found all over the world living in underground environments such as basements and subway systems.

The London Underground mosquito can no longer interbreed with its above ground counterpart and is effectively thought to be a new species.

‘I think Darwin underestimated the speed [that evolution] can happen, particularly with species that have numerous generations in a short space of time,’  Professor Schilthuizen, who is also a professor in biodiversity at Leiden University in The Netherlands, told National Geographic.

‘Generation time is the evolutionary clock speed, so if you have multiple generations per year you can accumulate evolutionary changes much more quickly than humans can, for example, which have one generation every 20 years.’

In another example, Professor Schilthuizen highlights the fact that bobcats in Hollywood are now different from those living north of the 101 freeway.

‘Fragmentation in cities is a common theme. In urban ecology humans create all kinds of barriers, like roads and highways,’ said Professor Schilthuizen.

The London Underground mosquito can no longer interbreed with its above ground counterpart and is effectively thought to be a new species

The London Underground mosquito can no longer interbreed with its above ground counterpart and is effectively thought to be a new species

‘North of Los Angeles, the bobcat population is divided by two very large highways, which bisect the area where they live.

‘These barriers cause something similar to what happens to mosquitoes in the London subway lines, whereby evolution is restricted to the areas cut off from other populations.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5698733/Cities-forcing-animals-evolve-unprecedented-speeds.html

 

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