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Rare Southeast Alaska Wolf Is One Step Closer To Endangered Species Protection After Being Threatened By Forest Clearcutting & TrappingThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that Alexander Archipelago wolves in Southeast Alaska may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act and started a year-long status review. The decision comes in response to a July 2020 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, Alaska Rainforest Defenders, and Defenders of Wildlife. The conclusion to consider

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Planet's Vital Signs Are Reaching Dangerous 'Tipping Points' Amid Climate Crisis, Scientists Warn'We need to stop treating the climate emergency as a stand-alone issue—global heating is not the sole symptom of our stressed Earth system.'

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‘Great concern’ as study finds microplastics in human placentastiny plastic

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Man is Stunned After He Sets Up Camera Inside Bird Box and Attracts 41 Million Fans WorldwideLeicestershire's John Chadwick has been amazed to find his simple birdbox videos have already had 41 million hits on YouTube.

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Study shows non aggressive human handling of cats results in cats being less hostileThe importance of animals' experiences and associated comfort during Human-Animal Interactions (HAI), and particularly Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI), are increasingly recognised. However, there remains a paucity of published research, particularly concerning less formal but frequent HAIs to which companion animals are typically exposed, such as stroking or petting. Additionally, few practical evidence-based guides to facilitate humans' optimal animal handling and interaction in these contexts exist. A simple set of Human-Cat Interaction (HCI) guidelines were therefore created, with the aim to enhance domestic cats' comfort during generic HCI contexts. Based around a “CAT” acronym, guidelines focused on providing the cat with choice and control (“C”), paying attention (“A”) to the cats' behaviour and body language and limiting touch (“T”), primarily to their temporal regions. Guidelines were presented to human participants during a brief training intervention, and guideline efficacy was subsequently assessed. Domestic cats available for rehoming at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, UK (n = 100) were filmed during interactions with novel members of the public (n = 120). Cats were exposed to a maximum of six, 5-min interaction sessions, balanced across “control” (interactions with humans pre-training) and “intervention” conditions (interactions with humans post-training). For each observation, cat behaviour and posture were coded and humans' cat-directed behaviour rated on ...

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CGTN Observation: Nature is making itself clear, and there's no excuse this timeThis summer, climate change hits closer to home more than ever. In the gushing torrents in Germany and China, in the billowing smoke hanging over North America, in the unpredictable course of the 'fireworks,' nature is taking a toll. With more data trickling in and search efforts underway, the human toll remains unaccounted for. 

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Extroverted, self-centred men less likely to comply with Covid restrictions, study suggestsNon-compliers more likely to leave home to meet friends, for religious reasons, boredom, or because they want to exercise right to freedom

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The First-Ever Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban Passes in the U.SWhatcom County has been a fossil fuel hub for years, but its council just banned new fossil fuel activity. It could be a game-changer.

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Giant Vampire Bat’s Jawbone From 100,000 Years Ago Discovered in Argentinian CaveThe giant vampire bat's jaw was recently discovered in Pleistocene-era sediments in an Argentinian cave near the Buenos Aires suburb of Miramar. With the discovered jawbone It might help fill in some of the vast gaps in the history of these remarkable species, as well as give some insight into how and why these bats finally went out.

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A window seat at work makes you more productiveWorkers in open plan offices who face the room, are next to a window and have few or no desks behind them are more productive, according to a new study by UCL researchers.

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AI algorithms show that self-esteem is one of the four major predictors of student suicidal behaviorCredit: CC0 public domain How can students predict suicide risk, especially when the COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative impact on the mental health of many? Self-esteem is an important predictor of suicide risk, according to researchers in Montreal and France. A team from McGill University, the University of Montreal, Insert, and Université de Bordeaux …

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Researchers have debunked a popular anti-vaccination theory by showing there was no evidence of COVID-19 – or the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines – entering your DNAQBI researchers are refuting claims that COVID-19 can enter a person’s DNA.

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Polar bears sometimes bludgeon walruses to death with stones or iceInuit reports of polar bears using tools to kill walruses were historically dismissed as stories, but new research suggests the behavior does occur.

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How the Head of the N.R.A. and His Wife Secretly Shipped Their Elephant Trophies HomeThe couple had their names removed from the shipment, and placed an order for the animals’ feet to be turned into “stools,” an “umbrella stand,” and a “trash can.”

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Einstein was right (again): Astronomers detect light from behind black holeFor the first time, astronomers have caught a glimpse of light being reflected from behind a supermassive black hole, 800 million light years away from Earth.

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'Less than 1% probability' that Earth’s energy imbalance increase occurred naturally, say scientistsEarth’s 'energy imbalance' is growing, and there is less than 1% probability that this trend can be explained by natural variations in the climate system, report a team of researchers from Princeton University and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

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Man's new best friend: a cat's genome is surprisingly similar to the human genome, and it could help us treat disease in both speciesFeline genomes are surprisingly similar to humans’, and could help us treat disease in both species.

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