KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Over 400 marine scientists and specialists have gathered in the Florida Keys to compare notes and examine solutions to preserve coral reefs around the world. Reef Futures 2018 began Monday at the Ocean Reef Club. Organizers say the coral restoration and intervention-science symposium will run through Friday. Attendees are focused on the plight of dying coral reefs and methods to save and restore fragile underwater reef ecosystems. Discussions include needs for immediate and aggressive actions on climate change to ensure long-term survival of reefs and how carbon released into the atmosphere is to continue to warm ocean waters. The Florida Keys are home to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which protects the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. ___ Online: Reef Futures 2018, https://reeffutures2018.com … [Read more...] about Over 400 gather in Florida Keys for coral reef conference
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MIAMI (AP) — On a sunny afternoon in Dania Beach, a dozen scientists unloaded crates full of corals from a dive boat and onto a pickup truck. They gently removed each piece from large tanks on the deck and placed them inside smaller containers, which were slowly taken onshore. The operation is part of what scientists describe as a “Noah’s Ark” mission to save corals from extinction as a mysterious disease ravages mile after mile of the Florida Reef Tract. Since first being spotted in 2014, the disease has killed colonies already weakened by impacts from climate change, including frequent rounds of bleaching and rising ocean acidification. During one trip earlier this month, researchers spent six days diving in the Lower Keys to collect corals that haven’t yet been touched by the epidemic of what is called stony coral tissue loss disease. Their mission, as the “Ark” reference suggests, is to preserve healthy examples of species that can be … [Read more...] about Scientists race to save Florida Reef from killer disease
(CNN)The chant goes up, "You dirty vegan b*****d, you're eating our grass." The abuse is directed at a player of third-tier English soccer club Forest Green Rovers. He is lying face down and motionless after he'd been on the wrong end of a challenge from a Walsall FC player in a League Two game last month. Forest Green, located in rural Gloucestershire in south west England, might be a lower-league club, but it has arguably become one of the most talked about football teams in the world. It has fan clubs in more than 50 countries and its new green and black zebra stripe shirt sold out in minutes at the start of the season with online orders coming from USA, China and Australia. While some soccer teams get talked about for the number of trophies they've won or attractive style of play, Forest Green has a very different narrative. It is the only UN-recognised carbon neutral sports club Dale Vince, chairman of Forest Green Rovers, poses next to a solar panel at the New Lawn. The … [Read more...] about Mocked by some, but ‘green’ soccer club wants to save the world
Fresh from securing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, Liverpool’s involvement in the Club World Cup does not begin until next week, but the fight for the right to face Jurgen Klopp’s men in Qatar starts on Wednesday.Competing as champions of the host country, Qatar’s Al-Sadd - coached by Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez - entertain minnows Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia in the tournament’s opening game at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.The winner of that game will advance to a tie against Mexico’s Monterrey, the CONCACAF Champions League winners, on Saturday. Whoever emerges from that match will then be able to look forward to a plum semi-final against Liverpool on December 18.While Al-Sadd have a world famous coach and some notable players - former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and the Algeria striker Baghdad Bounedjah - the story of Hienghene Sport is a remarkable one.The amateur side from the French overseas territory are in Qatar, and … [Read more...] about Minnows dream of date with Liverpool at Club World Cup
From the moment President Donald Trump launched his run for office in 2016, the media and the Left have claimed that he has used racially-charged language and exacerbated ethnic tensions in this country. A pair of sociologists at the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Hopkins and Samantha Washington, recently set out to measure the result of what they described as President Trump’s “explicit, negative rhetoric targeting ethnic/racial minorities.” What they discovered was, to them, astounding. Though they expected racism to be flourishing under Trump, “white Americans’ expressed anti-black and anti-Hispanic prejudice declined after the 2016 campaign and election” [emphasis theirs]. After carefully studying the evidence proving the media’s claims to be false, they came to the sort of truly learned conclusion only possible in the ivory towers of academia: This demonstrated a “thermostatic response,” in which people move in the opposite … [Read more...] about MENKEN/HENDERSON: Donald Trump Is Healing The Country
“How many professional players bear tattoos with the name of their favourite club but ply their trade elsewhere?” wondered Roger Sleigh last week. It’s surprisingly common to find ink in homage to one club on a player wearing the shirt of another. “Leicester City’s Polish defender Marcin Wasilewski has a tattoo of Anderlecht’s badge on his right leg. He spent six years playing for them and was so popular that on two occasions a group of Anderlecht fans came over to watch him play for his new team in the 2013-14 season,” writes Liam Derry. “Incidentally it’s the same leg he broke after a shocking tackle by Standard Liège’s Axel Witsel in 2009.” “Watford’s (and previously Walsall’s) Troy Deeney is well known as a Birmingham City supporter, and has a tattoo on one of his calves – a quick Google search fails to produce any pictorial evidence but there are lots of references to it,” sleuths … [Read more...] about Which footballers have tattoos of their former clubs?