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ECO EVOLUTION TODAY - curated by Al Cannistra. A brief look into ecological and evolutionary dynamics, often the subject of opinionated debate. #SanAntonioONE    #ECOEvolutionToday   #AlCannistra
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This Is the Devastating Potential of the Arctic Permafrost Melting

This Is the Devastating Potential of the Arctic Permafrost Melting | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
"The only way to limit permafrost-related greenhouse gas releases is to mitigate climate warming by lowering anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions."
Al Cannistras insight:

this is not a good look...

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Hundreds of Elephants Suddenly Dropped Dead Because of Neurotoxin, Experts Say

Hundreds of Elephants Suddenly Dropped Dead Because of Neurotoxin, Experts Say | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Investigations reveal that hundreds of elephants died due to cyanobacteria, toxic microscopic algae found in larger bodies of blue-green water.
Al Cannistras insight:

Beautiful creatures lost...

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Thick clouds of mosquitoes kill livestock after hurricane

Thick clouds of mosquitoes kill livestock after hurricane | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) — Clouds of mosquitoes have been so thick in southwest Louisiana since Hurricane Laura that they’re killing cattle and horses. Farmers in a five-parish area east and...
Al Cannistras insight:

a strange story - mosquitoes in numbers that kill large creatures....

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MIT Professor: I Fear Imminent Human Extinction

MIT Professor: I Fear Imminent Human Extinction | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
MIT engineer Asegun Henry has a dire warning: if we don't stop pouring heat into the environment soon, humanity won't live much longer.
Al Cannistras insight:

no more pollution - no more people....

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Scientists Made Wine and Cheese Using an Annoying Weed

Scientists Made Wine and Cheese Using an Annoying Weed | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A team of scientists found out that the invasive weed Bidens pilosa a cheap source of enzymes that help make wine and cheese.
Al Cannistras insight:

weed - to wine and cheese (no, not the smoking weed - the annoying weed....

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Scientists Discover “Vantablack” Deep-Sea Creatures

Scientists Discover “Vantablack” Deep-Sea Creatures | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A team of marine biologists have discovered 16 new species of deep-sea fish that reflect close to no light at all — like the ultra-black material Vantablack.
Al Cannistras insight:

many creatures in our eco system - not sure I would want to meet the Vantablack group....

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We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change?

We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change? | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The similarities between coronavirus and climate change are many. It's just the time scale that's different.
Al Cannistras insight:

corona - climate...  interesting.....  what it?

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Filling Arctic With Giant Animals Could Slow Climate Change

Filling Arctic With Giant Animals Could Slow Climate Change | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that filling the Arctic with huge numbers of grazing animals could help fight climate change and keep the permafrost frozen.
Al Cannistras insight:

mother nature working with mother nature.....

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Bees and wildflowers may bounce back as roadsides go untrimmed

Bees and wildflowers may bounce back as roadsides go untrimmed | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Silent lawn mowers in the United Kingdom may spell a summer bonanza for bees.
Al Cannistras insight:

so, the only question really is - are we listening?

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Iceland recommends hugging trees instead of people

Iceland recommends hugging trees instead of people | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The Icelandic Forestry Service is giving lessons in tree hugging, literally, and we are here for it.
Al Cannistras insight:

i guess it is fairly easy to find a tree...  might be hard to get your arms around some of them - maybe not so much with "city trees"...

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Greenhouse gases could fall to levels not seen since WWII

Greenhouse gases could fall to levels not seen since WWII | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Researchers are predicting a massive drop in carbon emissions this year, levels last experienced around World War II.
Al Cannistras insight:

a lesson to be learned - and do we listen?

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We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change?

We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change? | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
One of the biggest problems facing all life on Earth right now is human-caused climate change, but there's a problem in how we relate to it: The scale and tempo are different from the human one.
Al Cannistras insight:

"The bigger the animal, the slower the tempo of the heart,"

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'Blood snow' invades the Antarctic

'Blood snow' invades the Antarctic | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Blood snow not only looks sinister, it contributes to a feedback loop that accelerates warming.
Al Cannistras insight:

blood snow?

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China's first chick hatched without an eggshell | CCTV English

Cracking an egg into a glass bowl and then watching the chick develop, grow, and hatch sounds like the most imposible idea ever. But this video shows that it can be done. Let's watch the entire fascinating process of China's first chick hatched without eggshell in just 21 days.

Al Cannistras insight:

a chicken born outside the egg...

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The Bananas Plan to Sprinkle Glass Over the Arctic

The Bananas Plan to Sprinkle Glass Over the Arctic | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The Arctic Ice Project wants to protect and rebuild crucial ice formations by covering the Arctic in reflective glass beads.
Al Cannistras insight:

we can only hope they know what they are doing....

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Florida Is Releasing Almost a Billion Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes

Florida Is Releasing Almost a Billion Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
"With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida — the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, climate change — the administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment."
Al Cannistras insight:

Mutant bugs! Not my specialty, but this could radically alter the food chain - and not for the common good!

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Scientists: Exploding Star Likely Caused Mass Extinction on Earth

Scientists: Exploding Star Likely Caused Mass Extinction on Earth | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
According to a new study, a supernova some 65 light-years from Earth caused a mass extinction event during the Late Devonian period, 359 million years ago.
Al Cannistras insight:

Mass Extinction on Earth. One of the worst mass extinctions in Earth’s history gravely damaged its ecosystem - no worry, that was 359 million years ago!
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Check Out This Amazing Design for an Underwater “Space Station”

Check Out This Amazing Design for an Underwater “Space Station” | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, wants to build the equivalent of the space station — but several leagues under the sea.
Al Cannistras insight:

below water - or off planet - which serves humanity the best?

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Decarbonisation is our future. It must be factored into the coronavirus recovery | Pradeep Philip and Will Rayward-Smith | Australia news | The Guardian

Decarbonisation is our future. It must be factored into the coronavirus recovery | Pradeep Philip and Will Rayward-Smith | Australia news | The Guardian | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Decarbonisation
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inevitable....

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2020 Has Officially Gotten Even Worse: "Murder Hornets" Now In U.S.

2020 Has Officially Gotten Even Worse: "Murder Hornets" Now In U.S. | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Murder Hornets
Al Cannistras insight:

murder hornets from Asia?  2020 go away! ......

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some bees can deal with them.....  https://youtu.be/K6m40W1s0Wc

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Empowering Students to Design the Change They Want to See in the World

Empowering Students to Design the Change They Want to See in the World | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The answer to empowering our learners by giving them purpose and inspiring their passion may be right under our noses. In play, one group of children may use dozens of LEGO pieces to recreate the excavator they found fascinating on their neighborhood walk, while another group of students uses Minecraft to create a fireworks display in honor of the Chinese New Year. Taken together, students learn the science and engineering behind simple machines or the importance of cultural practices in social studies, while learning how to collaborate with others and create something better together. In each instance, students use elements of design thinking to cocreate and problem solve, engaging in thoughtful dialogue and continuous iteration. This play can be made into so much more if educators guide students by demonstrating the utility of the content they're learning and inviting students into the process of meaning making.

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Al Cannistras insight:

one to read....

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 21, 7:08 PM
"The answer to empowering our learners by giving them purpose and inspiring their passion may be right under our noses. In play, one group of children may use dozens of LEGO pieces to recreate the excavator they found fascinating on their neighborhood walk, while another group of students uses Minecraft to create a fireworks display in honor of the Chinese New Year. Taken together, students learn the science and engineering behind simple machines or the importance of cultural practices in social studies, while learning how to collaborate with others and create something better together. In each instance, students use elements of design thinking to cocreate and problem solve, engaging in thoughtful dialogue and continuous iteration. This play can be made into so much more if educators guide students by demonstrating the utility of the content they're learning and inviting students into the process of meaning making."
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1,000-year-old cherry tree blooms in Japan

1,000-year-old cherry tree blooms in Japan | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A gorgeous 1,000-year-old cherry tree blooms in Japan without any adoring fans to see it.
Al Cannistras insight:

a nice story to share today - from Japan....

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Oceans could return to a picture of health in just one generation

Oceans could return to a picture of health in just one generation | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A major new review calls for urgent action to restore our ailing oceans.
Al Cannistras insight:

imagine....

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Ocean creatures keep millions of viruses at bay

Ocean creatures keep millions of viruses at bay | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A new study finds some marine animals are brilliant virus exterminators.
Al Cannistras insight:

so all we need to do is look under water and figure out how these creatures keep the viruses at bay....

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Half the world's beaches could be gone by the end of this century

Half the world's beaches could be gone by the end of this century | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Scientists call for quick action to save beaches from climate change. Beaches offer protection from extreme weather events.
Al Cannistras insight:

no more beach vacations?

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