A primer on ocean acidification. What it is. How it works. And its impacts on the ocean. From the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.
AMAP is one of five Working Groups of the Arctic Council.
The primary function of AMAP is to advise the governments of the eight Arctic countries (Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States) on matters relating to threats to the Arctic region from pollution, and associated issues.
In a confusing Press Release, the United Nations urges countries to protect AND develop the Arctic as glaciers and ice melt. On the one hand, the PR urges stronger legal and environmental regulations. On the other, it urges northern countries to cooperate as they exploit the Arctic’s vast resources of oil, gas, minerals, and fish: “the Arctic Council …is formed by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US has a crucial role to play in ensuring any resource exploitation is done responsibly.”
Confused? Yeah, me too…
Via United Nations
Nah. No mystery. It’s a glacial deposit.
Kummakivi by Mother Nature
Kummakivi is the Finnish word for “Strange Rock”. This geological formation is found at Valtola in Southern Savonia, Finland and is a quite a sight to behold. Surrounded by dense forest, this gigantic monolith balances precariously upon another rock, the latter being curved with a smooth surface. How the rock formation occurred is still a mystery. Its tale is known by many in the local area but only seen by a select few, as it’s rather tricky to track down.
I’m on an owl kick today…
Climate change is affecting the color of owls in Finland.
Researchers who looked at Finnish tawny owls over the last 28 years found that the brown variant is winning over the gray one in the wild.
Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland say that bird populations appear to be able to evolve in response to climate change.
Plumage color is about 80% heritable in Strix aluco, the Finnish tawny owl. The researchers modeled the survival of 466 owls and found that historically, brown owls had lower survival rate compared to gray owls in winter when there was lots of snow. “Predation on brown individuals may be more severe under snow-rich conditions,” the paper says.
Via USA Today Science