New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

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Large freshwater aquifers can be found under the porous crust of Earth’s oceans. Though it has been difficult to obtain aquifer samples for study without contaminating the sample or the source with the ocean’s saltwater, it has been predicted that they contain as much as 1/3 of the world’s biomass. A new study into these aquifers has revealed a new species of microbes that Continue reading New Species of Microbes That ‘Breathe’ Sulfate Discovered Under Ocean Crust

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Why We Need A Moon Shot” To Catalogue The Earths Biodiversity

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Its unlikely that presidential candidates will ever utter the word biodiversity while campaigning this year.

Yet among emerging environmental challenges, none has fewer facts or more enduring threats than the large-scale loss of biodiversity. Thats why we need a visionary investment in fundamental exploration to create knowledge and options.

And our elected representatives should lead vigorous discussions about what we can and should do about it. From Jefferson to Kennedy, from the Northwest Territory to the depths of space, presidents of visio Continue reading Why We Need A Moon Shot” To Catalogue The Earths Biodiversity

What Have We Got To Lose?: A Brief History of Mass Extinction Events

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Currently, some scientists warn that we are on the brink of a sixth mass extinction due to a mixture of climate change, overhunting, habitat destruction, and pollution. If all the species that are listed at variable levels of endangerment were to go extinct, our planet could see another extinction event in a matter of mere centuries. Even if we are faced with another mass extinction, what is really at stake?

 

Mass Continue reading What Have We Got To Lose?: A Brief History of Mass Extinction Events

Ocean Warming Leading To Unprecedented Loss of Coral Reefs

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The Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The lives of the 6,000 marine animal species who call it home are in jeopardy, as a new study has found that warming of the ocean threatens to reduce the reef to a mere 10% of its historic cover. Though the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure in the world, the th Continue reading Ocean Warming Leading To Unprecedented Loss of Coral Reefs