The threat to the Atlantic puffin: With its global population dwindling, the lovable seabird faces an uncertain future

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The Atlantic puffin, fratercula artica, is widespread, with breeding populations along Canada’s Atlantic coast, Maine, coastal Northern Europe and Iceland. However, many colonies have suffered a worrying decline in recent years. The statistics do not paint a pretty picture. Erpur Snær Hansen, director of ecological research at the South Iceland Nature Centre fears that colonies… Continue Reading ➤

Bubbling up: How the thawing out of Siberian permafrost spells trouble for curbing climatic meltdown

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With both scientific and media discourse dominated by talk of global warming, permafrost is a reminder that we are still transitioning out of an ice age that has shaped life on this planet for the past two and a half million years. Consisting primarily of a frozen mixture of frozen earth, peat, methane and water,… Continue Reading ➤