Netflix released a documentary series called "Our Planet" on April 5 that sits in the pantheon of great wildlife docs alongside BBC's "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet." The new series stands out, though, because it explicitly shows how every ecosystem it highlights is being changed and threatened by climate change. And it includes one especially unsettling scene: Russian walruses tumble brutally down cliff sides to their deaths, one after another. David Attenborough, the series' narrator, blames the incident on changes to the Arctic ecosystem that walruses inhabit. With sea ice receding year after year, he says, the walruses are forced to rest on crowded, tiny beaches. Those beaches are so overcrowded, he says, that some of the walruses scale cliffs for a bit of peace. But when the lumbering animals, unaccustomed to climbing or to heights, decide to return to the water, they wander right off the edge of the cliffs to their horrible deaths. It's a shocking scene and a compelling story. … [Read more...] about Is Climate Change Really Causing Walruses to Jump Off Cliffs?
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Photos don't do the northern lights justice. To fully appreciate the glory and grandeur of this celestial display, which is also known as the aurora borealis, you have to settle beneath the ever-changing lights and watch them curve and curl, slither and flicker. [Amazing Auroras: Stunning Northern Lights Photos] "I was camping, just lying out in a field in a sleeping bag on a late September night and looking up at the stars," said Terry Onsager, a physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. "All of a sudden, the most spectacular lights and swirls and rays just filled the sky, dancing and darting here and there," Onsager told Space.com. "It was just unbelievable." Onsager had his aurora experience in northern Norway — one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights. You could follow in his footsteps, or blaze your own trail somewhere along the "auroral zone" that encircles … [Read more...] about Northern Lights 2019: When, Where & How to See the Aurora Borealis
2019 won’t be the year the climate change scare finally dies, unfortunately. But the people pushing it will look increasingly desperate, sad and piteously short of evidence to support their junk science theories. Here, courtesy of the Global Warming Policy Forum, are the top twelve climate scares debunked in 2018. Share it with your alarmist friends to wish them a happy, sceptical New Year.January 2018: Worst-case global warming scenarios not credible: Study PARIS (AFP) – Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday (Jan 17) which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. February: ‘Sinking’ Pacific nation Tuvalu … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Twelve Debunked Climate Scares We Can Laugh at in 2019
This year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, had over 45,000 entries submitted by photographers from around the world. As you'd expect, the images are staggering, beautiful and breathtaking. They show nature at its finest and demonstrate a breadth of undeniable photography talent for us to admire. We've been through the submissions and pulled out some of our favourites. These include amazing photos from this year and last year's People's Choice Award as well as the images from the Grand title winners, Adult awards and Young awards too. The golden couple This image was snapped by Marsel van Oosten and was chosen from the submissions as the Grand title winner, earning him the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018. "As the group of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys jumped from tree to tree, Marsel struggled to keep up, slipping and stumbling over logs. Gradually he learned to predict their behaviour, and captured this male and … [Read more...] about Incredible images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed in a ceremony at London's Natural History Museum, which runs the international competition.Marsel had to wait patiently for many days before the conditions enabled him to capture this image, which shows off the male monkey's golden locks and his striking blue face. opens for entries on Monday October 22. Winner 2018, Wildlife Photojournalism: The sad clown by Joan de la Malla, Spain.Timbul, a young long-tailed macaque, instinctively puts his hand to his face to try to relieve the discomfort of the mask he has to wear. His owner is training him to stand upright so that he can add more stunts to his street‑show repertoire (the word 'Badut' on the hat means clown). When he’s not training or performing, Timbul lives chained up in his owner’s yard next to a railway track in Surabaya, on the Indonesian island of Java. Should he show aggression as he gets older, his teeth … [Read more...] about Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Winners: Blue-faced Golden Monkeys and More