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Coverage of human activity since March 28, 2021.

High wildfire danger areas in Okanagan, Shuswap to continue growing into weekend

"...“Mainly these early season fires have been driven by winds and dry conditions,” she said. Currently, about half of the wildfires across B. C..."

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The Anthropocene Is Overrated

"...There is every reason to be alarmed about anthropogenic climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss, all of which have been accelerating in recent decades and do pose existential threats. Warming trends could cause the collapse of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets that would dramatically increase sea levels by dozens of feet by the end of this century. If that happens, say goodbye to New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Mumbai, London, Istanbul, Dubai, St..."

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Environmental protection could benefit from 'micro' as well as 'macro' thinking

"...Lead researcher and postgraduate student at the University of Southampton, Luke Holman explains: "Typically, biodiversity and biogeography studies focus on one group of species at a time, often animals. Studying animals, protist and bacteria together - organisms vastly different in size, separated by billions of years of evolution - gave us the opportunity to take a broader view of the marine ecosystem. We discovered remarkably consistent biogeographic groupings for the three across the coastline - consistent with previously studied patterns, driven by regional currents..."

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Federal regulations could save Alberta's bull trout by shutting down mining plans, says biologist

"...New federal protections to spur bull trout recovery should shut down provincial coal mining plans for the Nordegg area and southern portion of the Eastern Slopes, says a central Alberta fisheries biologist..."

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Multiple liquid phases discovered in air pollution aerosol particles

"...In a strange discovery that has implications for air quality and climate models, a team of researchers has found that aerosol particles can contain up to three liquid phases at once. The air is, of course, not just made up of gas – solid particles and liquid droplets can get swept up in it too. These aerosols change the properties of the air, affecting the climate by absorbing or reflecting sunlight to different degrees, or changing the seeding of clouds..."

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Small wildfire near Apex Mountain in South Okanagan under control

"...2021 has seen an early start to the wildfire season Jesse DayApr. 9, 2021 12:15 p. m..."

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Climate change will hit ‘endemic’ plants and animals the hardest, study warns Carbon Brief

"...The synthesis study, published in Biological Conservation, finds that more than 90% of endemic species will face negative consequences – such as reduced populations – if global warming reaches 3C above pre-industrial levels. However, it adds that invasive species are expected to see overall neutral or positive impacts from the warming climate..."

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Year of the quiet ocean: Emerging ocean listening network will study seas uniquely quieted by COVID

"...A community of scientists has identified more than 200 non-military ocean hydrophones worldwide and hopes to make the most of the unprecedented opportunity to pool their recorded data into the 2020 quiet ocean assessment and to help monitor the ocean soundscape long into the future. They aim for a total of 500 hydrophones capturing the signals of whales and other marine life while assessing the racket levels of human activity..."

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What can we learn from vanishing wildlife species: The case of the Pyrenean Ibex

"...Likely the first extinction event of the 2000s in Europe, the sad history of the Pyrenean Ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) is a powerful example of the ever-increasing species loss worldwide due to causes related to human activity. It can, however, give us valuable information on what should be done (or avoided) to halt this extinction vortex..."

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First air quality profile of two sub-Saharan African cities finds troubling news

"...Ambient air pollution is a global public health crisis, causing more than 4. 9 million premature deaths per year around the world. In Africa, it has surpassed AIDS as the leading cause of premature death..."

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Capturing the complex

"...Multidimensional Mapping "This is the first study of its kind looking at the effects of human activity on marine species, and the first looking at changes over time," said O'Hara, a doctoral student in the Bren School. Taking data on 1,271 threatened and near-threatened marine species from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' (IUCN) Red List, the researchers mapped the at-risk species along range and anthropogenic stressors from 2003-2013..."

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Narwal tusks reveal mercury exposure related to climate change

"..."Our research shows that climate change is having substantial impacts on Arctic ecosystems, with consequences for exposure to toxic pollutants like mercury," says co-author Jean-Pierre Desforges, a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University under the supervision of Nil Basu and Melissa McKinney..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI Caught Fishermen Off Guard - Camera 3

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Fire and Feast | A Perfect Planet | BBC Earth

"...After receiving twelve hours of solar energy every day, the Sergenti grasslands become a tinderbox, just waiting to be lit..."

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The Marine Iguana | A Perfect Planet | BBC Earth

"...But what happens when nature’s epic forces are knocked off course? As human activity impacts on Earth’s perfectly balanced ecosystems, what can we do to protect the fragility of life on our unique and precious planet? ..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about human activity relevant to the latest news.

Climate Change and Depopulated Rural Areas in the Global North: Geographical Socio-political Processes and Resistances

"...The influence of climate change in agriculture, and in other rural sectors ? fisheries, livestock, forestry, and biodiversity and recreation ? dominates the analysis of adaptation processes of rural populations..."

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Trash Can Living

"...LCA environmental impact categories?including global warming, eutrophication, acidification, and stratospheric and tropospheric ozone?form the basis to evaluate massive torrents of material and energy and their potential to degrade ecosystems..."

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Impact of anthropogenic factors on occupancy and abundance of carnivorans in the Austral Atlantic forest

"...Our study suggests that smaller-sized carnivores may be experiencing population release at the landscape level aided by human activity, and that large carnivoran conservation appears to be dependent on high quality protected areas, with low anthropogenic disturbance levels..."

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Consequences and Modeling Challenges Connected with Atmospheric Pollution

"...On the other hand, in the long-term perspective, excessive greenhouse gas emissions may be a reason for climatic changes covering the whole globe, with difficult to predict effects..."

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Conversion of Land Use Land Cover and Its Impact on Ecosystem Services in a Tropical Forest

"...The tropical forest ecosystem provides society-wide range of ecosystem services, but increasing human activity changes the land use/land cover dynamics (LULC) with significant change of the ecosystem services values..."

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Assessing the ecological balance between supply and demand of blue-green infrastructure

"...Given that improving urban ecological environment requires a clear recognition of the urban ecological elements, investigating the ecosystem service capabilities of urban green-blue infrastructures (UGBIs) becomes ever important..."

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The Influence of Artificial Intelligence on Human Activities

"...The article discusses the nature of the impact of artificial intelligence [AI] on human activities in the Moscow region..."

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Algorithms of Human Activity in the Digital Age: The Problem of Preserving Traditional Values

"...Conclusion: Algorithms of human activity in the digital age consist in adapting the content of traditional values to new social realities and forming a kind of value ?immunity? from the negative influence of the digital environment on the essential aspects of human nature..."

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Mitigating Noise Pollution Level When Loading Useful Mineral Substances in CFR Wagons in Order to Increase Acoustic Comfort in

"...In order to quantify noise pollution level generated by human activity, it was necessary to establish noise levels in several representative points so that, after analysing the results, we could establish the area with the highest noise level to suggest optimal noise pollution reduction measures..."

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Self-reproduction Cycles of Living Matter and Energetics of Human Activity

"...can be tackled more effectively if the cyclic nature of self-reproducing systems?including living beings?is taken into account..."

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System dynamics model for the coevolution of coupled water supply–power generation–environment systems: Upper Yangtze river

"...In the emergent Anthropocene, interactions among water supply, power generation, and environment (WPE) systems are increasingly prominent due to the impact of human activity, the understanding of which calls for a holistic and dynamic coevolutionary perspective..."

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