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Biologists are studying fish in Tennessee Valley Authority lakes by using "electrofishing" to stun them. After they are temporarily incapacitated by a low level current, fish eerily rise to the surface where they are examined and tossed back. (April 7) Video provided by AP


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Ecuador: The Galapagos Island Under Threat From Climate Change

Ecuador: The Galapagos Island Under Threat From Climate Change

Deutsche Welle (Oct. 7, 2013) — Ecuador's Galapagos Islands are a Unesco World Heritage site and home to flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. But one in five native plants as well as nearly 50 percent of its endemic wildlife are under threat from climate change. Rising ocean temperatures are making it harder for species such as the famous Galapagos penguin and the giant tortoise to survive. Scientists with the Charles Darwin Foundation are doing what they can to protect these species from the effects of climate change. A number of changes to the energy sector - such as the introduction of clean electricity - are helping. The island of Floreana has already switched completely to electricity produced by jatropha seeds, which grow in the Manabi region in mainland Ecuador. Jatropha production is also bringing an economic upswing to farmers.
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Farming Revolution in South Africa

Farming Revolution in South Africa

Deutsche Welle (Feb. 20, 2012) — A new project in South Africa is taking organic waste that would otherwise be left to simply decay in garbage dumps and processing it in a special facility belonging to the South African company Reliance. There, it is converted it into microbiological compost. The project prevents some 100,000 tons of methane gas being emitted into the atmosphere each year. In addition, the compost helps to improve the quality of the soil, makes plants more robust and helps farmers cut down on the use of pesticides. It's also helping South Africa tackle one of its biggest problems: the massive use of chemical fertilizers in the country has made the ground infertile, caused soil erosion and led to contaminated water.
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"Zombees" Present New Threat to Hive Activity

"Zombees" Present New Threat to Hive Activity

AP (May 5, 2014) — Bees are being targeted by a "Zombie Fly" that infests the body of a healthy bee and kills by eating the bee's body from the inside out. A new deadly threat to the honey bee. (May 5) Video provided by AP
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Bees Use 'The Force' to Find Flowers

Bees Use 'The Force' to Find Flowers

Newsy (Feb. 23, 2013) — A recent study published by University of Bristol researchers shows that bumblebees use electricity in tandem with flowers in foraging for pollen.
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