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Captured Swainson's thrush wearing a geolocator. Kira Delmore, University of British Columbia.
Captured Swainson's thrush wearing a geolocator. Kira Delmore, University of British Columbia.


Mixed Genes Mix Up Migrations Of Hybrid Birds

Mixed genes appear to drive hybrid birds to select more difficult routes than their parent species, according to new research from University of British Columbia zoologists. “Instead of taking well-trodden paths through fertile areas, these birds choose to scale mountains and cross deserts,” says UBC researcher Kira Delmore. Delmore harnessed a flock of Canadian Swainson’s […]

Australia's Tony Abbott
Australia's Tony Abbott


Australia Abolishes Controversial Carbon Tax

The Australian Senate has voted to scrap the controversial two-year old carbon emission tax, signaling a major victory for Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Reaching the national carbon reduction goals remains in question. Carbon emission has been a long-running debate among politicians. The Liberals claim it penalizes business, while the Labor Party says it helps combat […]

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Photo by Scott Catron, WIkipedia Commons.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Photo by Scott Catron, WIkipedia Commons.


Some Roads Closed In Yellowstone As Supervolcano ‘Turned The Asphalt Into Soup’

Extreme heat from a massive supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park is melting a major roadway at the popular summertime tourist attraction. Park officials have closed the area to visitors. Firehole Lake Drive, a 3-mile-plus offshoot of the park’s Grand Loop that connects the Old Faithful geyser and the Madison Junction, is currently off limits. Park […]

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Australia flag


Australia Drying Caused By Greenhouse Gases

NOAA scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia’s long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion, according to research published today in Nature Geoscience. “This new high-resolution climate model is able to simulate regional-scale precipitation with considerably improved accuracy […]