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Today’s news: climate talks in South Africa, marine preserves, and sad military dogs

December 5, 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. Climate research bolsters “action” call to UN talks. As the UN talks begin in South Africa, new science highlights the increasing challenges we face when it comes to stopping global warming. New research shows that three quarters of the warming seen since 1950s is a direct cause of human actions. Another research report states that emissions have skyrocketed as a result of the global financial crisis. (BBC)

2. Dog show judge linked to animal abuse case. A judge from the American Kennel Club is under investigation in Washington state for alleged animal abuse involving dogs. PETA is not going to be happy about this – they already hate dog shows. 100 animals were seized from the home. (MSNBC)

3. Do whales have dialects? We all know British people sound silly to Americans because of their accents, but could whales have accents too? Are Canadian whales nicer than whales from New Zealand? Scientists want to find out – and they’re asking the public for help. Scientists want to know if whales have distinct calls that vary between groups. (BBC)

Excuse us. Our hearts just exploded.

4. More military dogs show signs of combat stress. There are currently 650 military dogs serving the American armed services. Of those service dogs, at least 5 percent are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Half of the dogs suffering from PTSD are likely to retire from service. (New York Times)

5. Australia plans huge marine reserve in Coral Sea. The Australian government is planning on creating the world’s largest marine reserve. The protected zone would cover an area one and a half times the size of France. That’s a lot of fishes – way to go mates! (BBC)

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