Thanks to CRISPR, scientists are studying animal evolution in ways that were previously thought to be impossible. By Ed Yong.
Snails aren't normally considered a predator, but researchers are hoping a world-first study will prove the Triton sea snail can eradicate one of the biggest threats to Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. According to News Corp, the Federal Government is funding the study which could one day see the giant snails released on the Reef.
Four days after Irma, millions of Floridians are still stuck without power in the sweltering summer heat. Those outages have now killed eight elderly people trapped in a Hollywood nursing home without air conditioning, due to circumstances that FPL was warned about at least two days before the tragedy.
How animals evolved on Earth is somewhat murky. We know that most major animal phyla we see today appeared during the Cambrian explosion 541 million years ago – but before that, the fossil record is patchy.
Scientist and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said Sunday that, in the wake of devastating floods and damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, climate change had become so severe that the country "might not be able to recover." In an interview on CNN's "GPS," Tyson got emotional when Fareed Zakaria asked what he made of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert's refusal to say whether climate change had been a factor in Hurricanes Harvey or Irma's strength — despite scientific evidence pointing to the fact that it had made the storms more destructive.
The United States attended a Saturday meeting of ministers from more than 30 of the nations that signed the Paris climate-change agreement, though the White House issued a statement saying it will stick with plans to pull out of the deal. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump administration officials said the United States would not pull out of the agreement and had offered to re-engage in the deal, citing the European Commission’s Miguel Arias Canete.
Some 30 environment ministers will push forward on the Paris climate accord at a meeting Saturday requested by Canada, China and the European Union. With more than half of G20 members attending — representing most of the world's largest economies — "this first gathering of its kind aims to further galvanize global momentum for the implementation of the Paris Agreement," the European Commission said.