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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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The Biggest Snow Storms in US History

The Biggest Snow Storms in US History | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
We trudge back in time to revisit some of the worst blizzards in U.S. history.
Al Cannistra's insight:

I am originally from Chicago - snow storms have fond memories, just glad no shoveling required!

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In pictures: The mission finding the climate crisis changes the Arctic

In pictures: The mission finding the climate crisis changes the Arctic | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
changing the Arctic
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changing the Arctic....

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Trump Opens 9.3 Million Acres of Tongass National Forest to Logging

Trump Opens 9.3 Million Acres of Tongass National Forest to Logging | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
President Trump announced he will exempt Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the "Roadless Rule," opening the door for logging companies.
Al Cannistra's insight:

NOT a brillliant move Mr. President

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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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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.

Via Kim Flintoff
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one to read....

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 21, 2020 8:08 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."
James Cullen's curator insight, May 19, 4:27 AM
Wow! So on point about learners learning to learn.
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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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's insight:

imagine....

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If You See This Bug That's About to Invade the U.S., Don't Kill It

If You See This Bug That's About to Invade the U.S., Don't Kill It | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Experts are warning 15 states to prepare for an influx of bugs as millions of periodical cicadas return for the first time in 17 years.
Al Cannistra's insight:

OK - so they are good bugs! But waiting 17 years to.....

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Most Active Atlantic Hurricane Season On Record Ends : NPR

Most Active Atlantic Hurricane Season On Record Ends : NPR | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season ends Monday. And it couldn't come soon enough. The season set plenty of records, including the most named storms, the latest a category 5 formed and many others.
Al Cannistra's insight:

What to do when you do not have enough names to cover the season?

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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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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 Cannistra's 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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