Preventing water crises
Küldés e-mailben Facebook Twitter Nyelvváltás
Preventing water crises

The perishing glaciers of the Alps – shown from a special perspective

The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.

The nine-year-old eagle Victor began his five-section journey from the Piz Corvatsch peak in Switzerland with a 360-degree camera and a GPS tracker on his back. The bird flew through Germany, Austria and Italy before finishing his tour of the mountains in France.

At the start of each section, the bird was launched from a peak by one of Travers’ colleagues. Victor, who flew slower than usual because of the burden of the camera, flew 3 to 5 kilometres each time, until he found Travers.

Travers hopes that showing people
the world through the eyes of a bird may help to convince them of the importance of protecting birds
and their natural habitats.

While travelling along the route, the falconer saw the melting of Alpine glaciers with his own eyes. One glacier in Germany, for instance, which was covered by thick snow last year, has turned into slush by now.

A video by Jacques-Olivier Travers, produced before the start of the eagle’s journey Video: YouTube/EagleWings Foundation

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: The New York Times

Corals back from the dead discovered in the Mediterranean Sea

For the first time ever, living polyps were discovered in Mediterranean coral colonies that were previously thought to be completely dead by researchers who published their finding in the periodical Science Advances.

Oceans absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide

The oceans play a very important role in controlling Earth’s climate. New research has shown that the planet’s five oceans absorb much more carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, than previously thought.

Temperatures in Israel increase by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade

According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.

Temperatures increase much faster than global average in the Mediterranean region

Temperatures are rising much faster than the global average in the region of the Mediterranean Sea, and this represents a threat to the food and water resources of the region, researchers have warned in a new study.

Fates, faces, contrasts

The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.

Climate change causing great damage to UK wildlife

More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.

Several hundred temperature records broken in 2019

Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Polarstern sets off on a unique expedition frozen to an ice floe

The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.

September 2019 the warmest so far

Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.

Oceans are warming at an alarming rate

If the current trend continues, oceanic wildlife is in grave danger.