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Shhh! This is the first 'quiet park' in the world

[embedded content] Ecuador may have a new tourism jingle. But they don’t want anyone to actually sing it. Indeed, the country’s latest national park is built on the mantra that silence is golden. The South American country has become the…

The coronavirus pandemic versus the climate change emergency | TheHill – The Hill

Protecting public health was a core function of governments long before the expansion of the state in the 20th century. “Great fears of the sickenesses here in the City, it being said that two or three houses are already shut…

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A small forage fish should command greater notice, researchers say

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as ‘a quintessential forage fish’ for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform ‘relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.’

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A small forage fish should command greater notice, researchers say

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as ‘a quintessential forage fish’ for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform ‘relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.’

The Analogy Between Covid-19 and Climate Change Is Eerily Precise – WIRED

For a brief moment there, it looked as though the coronavirus pandemic might escape the muck of partisanship. It’s true that President Donald Trump, wary of a recession during a reelection year, had first tried to talk the virus into…

Snake venom evolved for prey not protection

(Swansea University) It is estimated that every year, over 100,000 human deaths can be attributed to snakebite from the world’s 700 venomous snake species — all inflicted in self-defence when the snakes feel threatened by encroaching humans. However, a new piece of research concludes that snake venom did not evolve as a defence mechanism.

Vibes before it bites: 10 types of defensive behavior for the false coral snake

(Pensoft Publishers) The False Coral Snake (Oxyrhopus rhombifer) may be capable of recognizing various threat levels and demonstrates 10 different defensive behaviors, seven of which are registered for the first time for the species. Scientists from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) published their laboratory observation results based on a juvenile specimen in the open-access journal Neotropical Biology and Conservation.

The drive-in movie theater may be just the cure for lockdown fatigue

Storefronts may be shuttered, offices hushed and sidewalks sparsely treaded amid a looming pandemic. But one unlikely beacon is shining a little brighter these days. That would be the drive-in movie theater. Indeed, after years of steadily retreating from the…

The Carbon Capture Con

Carbon-capture-and-storage “(CCS)” tops the list of silly schemes “to reduce man-made global warming.” The idea is to capture carbon dioxide from power stations and cement plants, separate it, compress it, pump it long distances and force it underground, hoping it…