Archive | March 2016

Indonesia faces waste management crisis – BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35288020

10,000 tonnes of rubbish a day in this area of the world alone. Plastic litters the rivers and kills off marine life everywhere it lands.

Consumerism is a dirty word as far as I’m concerned. Too many people, too much rubbish! We are consuming ourselves out of a home with plastic junk that no one needs and tonnes of wasted food. The world has gone crazy.

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Chinese poachers caught with big coral haul near Pratas Islands | Society | FocusTaiwan Mobile – CNA English News

http://m.focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201603270016.aspx

China, a country responsible for mind-boggling and heart breaking levels of environmental destruction and decimation of the world’s animal and plant species.

Wolf Reintroduction Changes Ecosystem

http://www.yellowstonepark.com/wolf-reintroduction-changes-ecosystem/

A nice little explanation of the effects wolves have on an ecosystem they have evolved to exist within.

More ancient viruses lurk in our DNA than we thought — ScienceDaily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160322100714.htm

We all know that mtDNA isn’t human in origin and was probably originally an assimilated bacteria (chloroplasts in plants being the result of a similar evolutionary occurrence of engulfed cyanobacterium), but apparently there’s more.

“In fact, about 8 percent of what we think of as our “human” DNA actually came from viruses. In some cases, HERV sequences have been adopted by the human body to serve a useful purpose, such as one that helps pregnant women’s bodies build a cell layer around a developing fetus to protect it from toxins in the mother’s blood.”

New Galápagos Sanctuary Has World’s Highest Abundance of Sharks

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160321-galapagos-marine-reserve-park-ecuador-conservation/

Amazing news.

“Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, announced creation of the marine sanctuary Monday, together with 21 smaller conservation areas scattered through the volcanic archipelago, protecting over 18,000 square miles (47,000 square kilometers), or about one third of the water around the Galápagos Islands (which Ecuador administers).”