Category Archives: Global Warming

South American Coati (Nasua Nasua)

 

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That the coatis are so adapted to arboreal life and even breed in the trees and build nests for their young among the branches?

The South American Coati has a coat of red-brown to gray with lighter underparts.The short, powerful feet are black and have a colored tail with black to brown with yellow rings. The narrow, elongated head ends in a very flexible snout that gets under rocks and in crevices in search of food. The ears are small and rounded. The head-body length of this species is 41 to 67 cm, with a queue length of 32 to 69 cm and weight of 3.5 to 6 kg. 

The coatis are diurnal, terrestrial and arboreal. Males are often solitary and females and calves travel in groups of up to 30 animals. Members of the active groups emit constant sounds as soft whimper. Alarm calls consist of explosive barks and clicks. When issuing the alarm, all members of a group climb a tree to watch an average height. At night, coatis sleep in a treetop. They are opportunistic omnivores, feeding on fruits, invertebrates and small vertebrates.

Pallas Cat (Otocolobus manul)

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That the vernacular name used in English, Pallas Cat, as discovered by the German zoologist, Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811)? In 1767, Pallas was invited by Catherine II of Russia to become a professor of the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, and between 1769 and 1774, led an expedition to Siberia collecting natural specimens under his name. He also explored the upper Amur, the Caspian Sea, the Urals and the Altai Mountains to the east, reaching the Lake Baikal.

The maul or Pallas cat is a kitten with a wide head and low set ears. The head-body length is 50-65 cm and weight of 2.5-4.5 kg. The tail is 21-31 cm long and thicker, with a large terminal tuft black, preceded by five or six narrow black rings. The coat is very thick, dense and smooth, with a dark lining and filling. These features are indicative of adaptations to cold. The color varies from light gray to yellowish red. The tips of the white coat of frost produced look. There is no colored band on the cord, but there are some faint black stripes on the sides. The fur on the bottom is dark and longer than at the top. There is marked sexual dimorphism.

 

The Decrease in Glacial Dust Storms Accentuates

From Patagonia to Iceland’s shrinking glaciers, exposes soil from rising dust storms affecting marine life and the global climate, according to a recent study. “The growing presence of mineral aerosols at high latitudes is surprising,” said Joseph Prospero, a researcher at the University of Miami, who for decades has investigated the effect of dust on the global environment.

Prospero’s investigations have established that the dust that rises from tropical regions of Africa is transported much of southern and eastern United States each summer (northern hemisphere) and causes 75 to 80 percent of the dust that falls on Florida.

It goes back to glacial periods. This phenomenon is not only contemporary and sediment samples in the ground and deep ice show increases in activity of dust associated with the ice ages. “There is therefore considerable interest in the global distribution of dust sources, factors affecting dust emissions and the properties of the emitted particles,” said Prospero, who over the years has established over two dozen observation stations around the globe.

The research that Prospero has developed over the past six years in Iceland, has determined that “there are large dust storms that originate there and move north Atlantic Ocean.”

According to the researcher, a substantial increase in dust activity in Iceland as glaciers decrease due to global warming. “In a hundred years, there will be no glaciers there,” said Prospero.

The dust itself contributes to increasing the rate of decline of glaciers explained the scientist. “When the glaciers are strong and ‘clean’, color is white, bright, light refractory,” he said. “But when they start to gather dust in their grooves in the top of the glacier, it absorbs more heat from sunlight and melting more quickly.”

Prospero and his colleagues spent six years studying the island of Heimaey, South Iceland and taking measurements of dust particles, or aerosols in the air. The researchers identified frequent episodes of dust production in the region, which in some cases reach 20 micrograms of particles per cubic meter, and found that dust emissions from the island tend to be higher in the spring.

Country in the Pacific, Tuvalu remains without drinking water

Tuvalu, a small island country located in the Pacific Ocean, declared a state of emergency following a drinking water crisis. Officials said that in some areas of the country, drinking water stocks have ran out .

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister said that his country has worked with the Red Cross to send aid in Tuvalu. Two military aircraft C-130 type were sent to Tuvalu, carrying them on board two water desalination units and numerous containers containing water.

Secretary General of the Red Cross warned the people of Tuvalu not to drink water from wells. “This water is not good for consumption, we have already received several reports that the animals drank water from wells that have died,” he said.

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Arctic Ice Melting, Unprecedented Event in The Last 1450 Years

The most detailed study of water in the North announced that the melting of Arctic ice in the last 50 years is an unprecedented event in the last 1450 years.

Moreover, statistics show that so far has never been a wave of melting never to lie so long a period.

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Extreme Solution Against Global Warming: Painting Mountains White!

The Andes Mountains, a team of ecologists fight climate change with a novel way to conserve water glaciers and on which a community of shepherds in Peru.

Community includes 900 people and lives of the increase in alpaca blades (photo) on mountain pastures.

Grass pasture development depends on the amount of available water and the water comes from snow and ice on the mountain.

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Himalayan glaciers are melting!

Lives of millions of people is threatened by melting Himalayan glaciers, announced researchers who conducted the most comprehensive analysis of the effects of climate change in this region.

The report was presented at the UN climate conference taking place these days in Durban. This is the first scientific research documenting the melting glaciers in the Himalayas.

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