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The Once Pristine Henderson Island Is Now Covered With Plastic Waste

By Kim Bussing on June 21, 2017
The Once Pristine Henderson Island Is Now Covered With Plastic Waste

Henderson Island in the south Pacific Ocean has always been known for its remarkable biological diversity and untouched ecology. Now, the remote UNESCO World Heritage site that lies 3,100 miles (5,000 km) from the closest human settlement, can also lay claim to being one of the most polluted places on Earth.

The First Day Of Summer AKA Summer Solstice Is Around The Corner!

By Meera Dolasia on June 16, 2017
The First Day Of Summer AKA Summer Solstice Is Around The Corner!

Though most of you are probably well into your summer break, the season does not officially begin until June 20. Called summer solstice, it is the day when the North Pole is most inclined towards the sun, allowing residents of the Northern Hemisphere, to enjoy the longest day of the year. Of course, the opposite is true for the Southern Hemisphere where residents will celebrate winter solstice and experience the shortest day (and longest night) of the year.

Australian Teen Invents "Clever GIRL" To Warn Swimmers Of Deadly Rip Currents

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on June 14, 2017
Australian Teen Invents "Clever GIRL" To Warn Swimmers Of Deadly Rip Currents

Every ocean lover knows the perils of getting caught in a rip current. Experienced swimmers know it is relatively easy to escape the narrow channel of fast moving water by floating and allowing it to drag you further into the ocean or by swimming alongside the shore. However, novice beachgoers often panic, and try to swim to land, placing themselves at risk of drowning due to fatigue. According to the US National Ocean Service, the currents kill about 100 Americans each year and account for 80% of all lifeguard rescues. These scary statistics may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Clever GIRL (Global Intelligent Rip Locator), a smart buoy that alerts swimmers of the presence of deadly rip currents.

Chicago Botanic Garden Visitors Witness The Rare Bloom Of Two Corpse Flowers

By Meera Dolasia on June 12, 2017
Chicago Botanic Garden Visitors Witness The Rare Bloom Of Two Corpse Flowers

Some fortunate visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden recently witnessed the rare opening of not one, but two, titan arums. Better known as corpse flowers due to their pungent odor that resembles decaying flesh, the massive plants bloom once every ten years, and that too, for only a few hours. However, that may be a good thing given that when the petals unfurl, the stench emanated is so foul that it has earned the titan arum the title of the “world's smelliest flower.”

Humpback Calves "Whisper" To Their Moms To Avoid Predators

By Maitreyi Mantha on June 9, 2017
Humpback Calves "Whisper" To Their Moms To Avoid Predators

Every winter, hundreds of humpback whales migrate long distances from their high latitude feeding grounds in the Arctic and Antarctic to warmer tropical regions to breed and give birth. The newborn calves, which consume over 52 gallons of milk on a daily basis, have only a few months to pack on the body fat needed to survive the long trek back to cooler waters in summer. How the babies signal hunger and avoid predators during these formative months has always been a mystery to scientists.

Dubai Deploys A Real-Life Robocop To Help Citizens

By Kim Bussing on June 7, 2017
Dubai Deploys A Real-Life Robocop To Help Citizens

The city-state of Dubai that is home to the world’s tallest building, manmade islands shaped like palm trees, drone taxis, and jetpack wielding firefighters, is fast cementing its reputation as the city of the future. On May 22, Dubai officials added to their list of futuristic accomplishments with the introduction of the world’s first operational robot police officer.

President Trump Withdraws The US From The Paris Climate Agreement

By Meera Dolasia on June 5, 2017
President Trump Withdraws The US From The Paris Climate Agreement

On Tuesday, June 1, President Donald Trump fulfilled yet another campaign promise by announcing that the US was withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The goal of the historic pledge signed by 195 countries is to curb the use of fossil fuels to ensure that average global temperatures do not increase more than 2°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels. Environmentalists believe this is a critical threshold above which the planet could experience irreversible impacts, such as an unprecedented rise in sea levels and widespread plant and animal extinction.

Back-To-Back Mass Bleaching Decimates Australia's Great Barrier Reef

By Maitreyi Mantha on June 3, 2017
Back-To-Back Mass Bleaching Decimates Australia's Great Barrier Reef

While U.S. President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the Paris climate agreement on June 1, is convinced global warming is a “hoax,” the deteriorating condition of the world’s coral reefs seems to suggest otherwise. Often called “rainforests of the sea,” the incredible ecosystems that occupy less than 0.1 percent of ocean’s surface are home to almost 25 percent of all marine species. Unfortunately, the rising ocean temperatures caused by global warming are wreaking havoc on these fragile organisms.

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