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Weekly Environmental Updates
Manatees in Florida, possibly driven by unseasonably cold temperatures, were rescued from a storm drain system in Satellite Beach. Officials think the mammals were looking for warmer waters and noted that the canals have recently been filled with manatees. SeaWorld, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and local police and fire agencies were all involved in the rescue.
Corals on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia are eating ocean micro plastics, according to researchers at James Cook University. Researchers are concerned about the possible impact the indigestible plastic could have on the small stomachs of the coral. Micro plastics are a common ocean contaminant, especial around coral reefs.
Tropical forests from the 1990s to the 2000's were cut, burned, or lost at a much greater rate than previously reported, according to a new study. The U.N.s Food and Agricultural Organization had previously estimated a slowdown of 25 percent vs. a loss rate of 62 per cent found by a study done by the University of Maryland. Latin America, Brazil, and tropical Asia showed the biggest losses.
Airports are getting into the bee-keeping business as part of a green project taking shape all over the world. Airport green space is being widely used for onsite beehives with some airports even selling the honey in their gift shops. O'Hare in Chicago, Hamburg Airport in Germany, and Montreal- Mirabel International in Canada are just a few of the airports taking part in the initiative.
A "freak" hybrid fern has botanists intrigued due to its unusual parentage. Cystocarpium roskamum, commonly found in the French Pyrenees, is a cross of two very different species separated by 60 million years of evolution. A researcher describes the mix as the equivalent of a human mating with a lemur.
Bath or shower... which is more environmentally-friendly? Showering starts off with a slight edge. The average shower generally beats out the average bath, but not by much if you're using a regulation showerhead. Using a water-conserving showerhead and taking a shorter shower will both stretch the difference. Your bath products matter too, including the use of additives that are safe for the environment.
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