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Today’s news: stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, and other stuff, but mostly that

September 21, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Biodiversity loss in Asia highest among tropical regions. The forests of Southeast Asia has suffered the most biodiversity loss in the world over the past 50 years. The region has experienced a high rate of deforestation and now boasts a high density of human population. (Yale 360)

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2. Meowing night frog discovered. Finally Richter and Paul (now known as Lou) have someone else to communicate with. One of 12 new species of frogs discovered in India has a unique call that sounds similar to a cat meowing. The frog’s name “poocha” even means “domestic cat” in the local Indian language. (National Geographic)

3. US report spreads blame for BP oil spill. A U.S. government report spreads the blame around for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. A bad cement job, poor management, risky shortcuts, and more are being blamed for the spill. Subcontractors Halliburton, Transocean, and Cameron were also implemented in the report. (Discovery News)

4. Deep oceans can mask global warming for decades-long periods. The oceans do such a good job at absorbing heat that they may be flattening the rate of global warming. So called “missing heat” is being absorbed by ocean layers deeper than 1,000 feet. This might cause fluctuations in heat trends for the next couple of years. (ScienceDaily)

5. The great tar sands stand-off. The debate over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is heating up with protests ranging from Ohio to Virginia to North Carolina. The pipeline would stretch from Alberta, Canada all the way to Texas. A spill could potentially contaminate drinking water for millions of Americans. Drilling for tar sand oils is also one of the dirtiest fuel sources on the planet. To sign the petition to get President Obama to reject the Pipeline deal, click here. (The Huffington Post)

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