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50 Countries Just Joined New Coalition to Protect 30% of the Planet’s Land and Oceans By Decade’s End

A band of more than 50 countries, chaired by France, the UK, and Costa Rica, have committed to an ambitious push to conserve and protect 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030. The agreement was made by the fledgling High Ambition Coalition for People and Nature (HAC) at the One Planet Summit for […]

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Mummified baboons shine new light on the lost land of Punt

Ancient Punt was a major trading partner of Egyptians for at least 1,100 years. It was an important source of luxury goods, including incense, gold, and living baboons. Located somewhere in the southern Red Sea region in either Africa or Arabia, scholars have debated its geographic location for more than 150 years. A new study tracing the geographic origins of Egyptian mummified baboons provides new insight into Punt’s location, demonstrating the tremendous nautical range of early Egyptian seafarers.

When new males take over, these female primates hurry up and mature

Most mammals — including humans and other primates — reach sexual maturity early or late depending on lots of different factors, such as how much food there is to eat. Now, researchers studying close primate relatives of baboons known as geladas have shown for the first time that females of this species suddenly hurry up and mature when a new male enters the picture.

Biomass and global warming! – Economic Times

Biomass, Black Carbon, and Global warming (BBGs)!! This blog was posted in 2014 but the logic is still valid. Hence I am sharing with those who have an interest in global climate change. According to a paper published in Energy…

New species of aquatic mice discovered, cousins of one of the world’s rarest mammals

Scientists have discovered two new species of ‘stilt mice,’ semi-aquatic African rodents with extra-long feet that they stand up on like a kangaroo. The mice wade in streams and dip their whiskers onto the water’s surface to detect bugs to eat. The researchers also helped clarify these rodents’ family tree, which includes a genus that’s only ever been collected once, 93 years ago.

Island-building in Southeast Asia created Earth’s northern ice sheets

Tectonic processes are thought to have triggered past ice ages, but how? A new analysis of mountain building in the maritime tropics of Southeast Asia attributes the last ice age, which reached a maximum 15,000 years ago, to increasing rock weathering in the rising island arc from Sumatra to New Guinea over the past 15 million years, with the first ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere appearing about 3 million years ago.