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BLEACHING AFFECTS 93% OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

Aerial checks of more than 900 individual reefs showed the spread varies dramatically along its 2,300 kilometres, from 90 per cent north of Port Douglas to less than 10 per cent south of Mackay.  

Coral bleaching is when abnormal environmental conditions cause coral to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, called zooxanthellae. Loss of colourful algae causes coral to turn white and “bleach” -Bleached coral can recover if the temperature drops and zooxanthellae are able to recolonise them, otherwise it may die.

The Great Barrier Reef has been threatened with mass bleaching due to weather conditions El Niño and the rapid climate change. 

The southern third of the Great Barrier Reef fortunately cooled down late in summer due to ex-cyclone Winston. Researchers expect the central and southern corals to regain their colour and recover over the next few months

Pine martens’ return could bring a red squirrel resurgence

by Emma Sheehy

The return of pine martens to central Ireland has been followed by a resurgence of red squirrels, writes Emma Sheehy. Now that the predatory mammal is being seen south of the Scottish border, the same could happen in England. The heavier grey squirrel is easy prey for pine martens, and their demise could open up ecological space for the native red to recolonise.

A pine marten has been spotted in England recently, the first in more than 100 years. The reemergence of Britain’s second-rarest mammal, a cat-sized relative of badgers and weasels, is a great story in itself. But it may have another upside, as pine martens could be bad news for one of the UK’s least popular animals: the invasive grey squirrel…

(read more: The Ecologist)

photograph by Thomas Broxton | Flickr

I’ve seen a lot of argument about the attempted no-platforming of Mencius Moldbug, a dark enlightenment neoreactionary and explicit white supremacist from some conference in the US

it really illustrated for me the fundamental disconnect between what white techies think the odds are and what people of colour are living through

for white people, the odds of no-platforming are their right to say anything they want and face no consequences,not even emotional ones, for the things they choose to uphold

for people of colour, we are living the aftermath of men like Moldbug absolutely destroying our worlds, exterminating our ancestors, colonising and recolonising our societies and creating economic systems which are contingent on that very real, material violence against us to operate

the fact that these two things are even being considered as possibly equivalent just indexes the absolute disregard for brown peoples’ lives which fundamentally underlies every aspect of white society and the capitalist mode of production.