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Marine Biologist Captures Breathtaking Photos Of Sea Angels

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Marine Biologist Captures Breathtaking Photos Of Sea Angels

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Alexander Semenov is the head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station.

“My personal goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology,” he said. “I do this by sharing all my findings through social media and in real life, through public lectures, movies, exhibitions, and various media events.”

One of his favorite sea creatures is the Sea Angel.

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“Sea angels are beautiful and mysterious creatures,” says Semenov. “These chilly water pteropod mollusks are among the most examined objects in neurobiology, and yet little is thought about their life cycle. Sooner or later they unexpectedly show up under an ice top covering the ocean, and in half a month there are numerous to the point that in one cubic meter of water segment there can be up to 500 sea angels! With their size of 3-5 cm it is quite a fabulous sight.

“But once the water gets too warm, they disappear.”No one knows where they go, but the next winter, in February, they appear again under the ice,” Semenov said. “It is only known that they can survive without food for more than six months, significantly reducing their size during starvation. So far, no one has figured out how to track the life of a tiny angel in the Arctic seas all year round to find out where they are going.”

See more of Alexander Semenov’s photos on Facebook / Flickr.

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EU Plans to Raise €20bn a Year to Protect Biodiversity

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New procedure to ensure nature incorporates extensive living space assurances, and limitations on pesticide use – however campaigners caution requirement is critical

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The European Commission has focused on securing 30% of the EU’s property and seas by 2030 as a feature of the European Green Deal, in an arrangement probably invited by environment groups who cautioned sweeping aspirations must not just exist “on paper”.

The EU believes that recovery from COVID-19 with biodiversity in mind will be key to restoring the health of both the environment and the economy.

The proposed methodology focuses around setting up restricting focuses to re-establish harmed environments and waterways and bringing back pollinators to agraricultural land, while diminishing contamination, greening its urban communities, improving natural and biodiverse cultivating.

In its push to improve forests wellbeing, some portion of the arrangement is to actualize stricter assurances and rebuilding projectss for the staying essential and old development backwoods of Europe as ahead of schedule as one year from now.

This is especially important when researchers suggest that 60% of species assessed on the continent are in decline.

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Biodiversity will receive another head start as the EU proposes changes to the agricultural landscape of Europe in a way that supports wildlife and pollinators. Such changes would include creating “high-diversity landscapes” in 10% of Europe’s farming acreage by hosting features like ponds, hedgerows, buffer strips between fields, and fallow land.

Some experts are skeptical, but hopeful, the changes are implemented.

“It’s a big if, but then you are starting to look at healthy agriculture that can provide habitats for farmland birds and butterflies but also agriculture that can actually provide food at the end of the century,” Ariel Brunner, senior head of policy at Brussel’s BirdLife International said to the Guardian.

Wildlife in France, by Martina Misar-Tummeltshammer

The 2030 strategy would reinforce Europe’s natural plasticity by dealing with agriculture and fisheries using the Farm to Fork strategy.

“The strategy sets concrete targets to transform the EUs food system, including a reduction by 50% of the use and risk of pesticides, a reduction by at least 20% of the use of fertilizers, a reduction by 50% in sales of antimicrobials used for farmed animals and aquaculture, and reaching 25% of agricultural land under organic farming,” reads the report.

The European Commission, which has position to authorize European law, closes wraps up by approaching the European Parliament and Council to embrace the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity gauges by 2021.

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Carbon Emission Dropped 17-Percentage Globally

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The coronavirus pandemic has constrained nations around the globe to authorize strict lockdowns, seal boarders and scale back economic activities. Presently, an analysis published on Tuesday shows that these measures added to an estimated 17 percent decrease in day by day worldwide carbon dioxide discharges contrasted with day by day worldwide averages from 2019.

It’s a worldwide drop that scientists say could be the largest in recorded history.

At the height of coronavirus confinements in early April, daily carbon dioxide emissions around the world decreased by roughly 18.7 million tons compared to average daily emissions last year, falling to levels that were last observed in 2006, according to the new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Changes in transportation, industrial activities and air travel in nations under lockdown could also support a decrease in this year’s annual carbon emissions of up to 7 percent, the study found. Though significant, scientists say these declines are unlikely to have a long-term impact once countries return to normal unless governments prioritize investments and infrastructure to reduce harmful emissions.

“Globally, we haven’t seen a drop this big ever, and at the yearly level, you would have to go back to World War II to see such a big drop in emissions,” said Corinne Le Quéré, a professor of climate change science at the University of East Anglia in the U.K., and the study’s lead author. “But this is not the way to tackle climate change — it’s not going to happen by forcing behavior changes on people. We need to tackle it by helping people move to more sustainable ways of living.”

The study found that the most sharpest decrease in carbon discharges — making up 43 percent of the all out diminishing — originated from diminished traffic from vehicles, transports and trucks. Discharges from modern exercises, which were inclined down generously in the hardest-hit countries, fell by 19 percent.

Discharges from air travel, which encountered an amazing 75 percent drop in every day action toward the beginning of April, fell by 60 percent. That decline, nonetheless, made up a little segment of the general decline since air travel normally represents just 2.8 percent of yearly worldwide carbon discharges.

In early April, the deepest decreases in daily global carbon emissions — 17 percent declines compared to daily averages last year — lasted for about two weeks, according to Jackson. Individual countries saw an average drop in emissions of 26 percent at the peak of their lockdowns, which occurred earlier for several countries in Asia, where the coronavirus emerged in late December, and more recently for parts of Europe and North America.

The study didn’t represent how worldwide discharges could be influenced by new outbreaks and resulting wave of diseases, yet almost certainly, such occasions could prompt more extreme decreases in emanations this year and perhaps into 2021.

Although its good to know that the skies are getting clearer than before.

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The End Of Plastic? New Plant-Based Bottles Degrade In 1 Year

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A biochemicals organization in the Netherlands would like to launch interest in a spearheading venture that intends to create plastics made 100% from plant-based materials.

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The initiative, devised by renewable chemicals company Avantium, has already won the support of Carlsberg and Coca-Cola.

Avantium’s CEO, Tom van Aken, says he would like to announce a significant interest on the planet driving bioplastics plant in the Netherlands before the year’s over. The venture, which stays on target notwithstanding the coronavirus lockdown, is set to uncover organizations with other food and drink organizations later in the mid year.

“This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels, and can be recycled – but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” says Van Aken.

Trials have shown that the plant plastic would decompose in one year using a composter, and a few years longer if left in normal outdoor conditions. But ideally, it should be recycled, said Van Aken.

Americans right now discard 35 billion plastic containers consistently. Just about 25% of the plastic delivered in the U.S. is reused. That prompts a major issue given the way that water bottles don’t biodegrade, yet rather photodegrade.

This means that it takes at least up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose.

Avantium’s plant-based plastic bottles are on pace to appear on supermarket shelves by 2023.

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