by on December 28, 2018
After months of fasting as she traveled hundreds of kilometers across the ocean, a female loggerhead sea turtle hauls herself up onto the sand: the shoreline she has returned to for many years to lay her eggs, and the very same beach where she hatched decades ago. But this season is different, and for the worse. Creeping sea levels have swallowed up most of the sand in recent years, and a major storm the previous winter swept away many of the remaining dunes. Now, almost no beach remains betw...
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by on November 6, 2018
Researchers are developing an autonomous system to monitor coastal and deep waters for fish stock. Their technology could enhance marine environment protection. Overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and climate change are the major threats affecting marine life and fisheries. To address some of these challenges and help the efficient implementation of marine and fisheries policies, the provision of accurate and timely data on the diversity and abundance of marine species is crucial. Under ...
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by on October 23, 2018
An image recognized in the UK’s Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition shows a herd of seals atop a piece of pack ice and also puts the bleak future of the environment in sharp focus. The photo, by Spanish photographer Cristobal Serrano, was taken with a drone flying above the Errera Channel off the coast of Antarctica. Small details make this picture a microcosm of the realities facing life across the world: Not only the density of these seals clustered on ...
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by on September 29, 2018
Police officers in Devon and Cornwall are considering using drones to monitor the activities of badger cull protesters. Authorised badger culls are under way across 18 sites in Devon and four in Cornwall, as part of government efforts to eradicate the spread of bovine TB across the South West. The force was the first in the UK to create a standalone Drone Unit to use across a host of policing matters. To date, drones have yet to have been used in relation to this year’s badger cull. Sup...
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by on September 28, 2018
An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 18, 2018. When Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson headed to Greenland in June, he traveled with a heavy, oversized rolling bag containing a crucial piece of equipment to document climate change. Jackson, one of a handful of Reuters photographers licensed to operate a drone, spent seven rainy days camped alongside Greenland's Helheim glacier, near the small seaside village of Tasiilaq. Article Source - REUTERS/Lucas Jacks...
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by on September 21, 2018
One of Australia's most endangered birds, the swift parrot, is being tracked by drones in the NSW Riverina, in a bid to better protect the remaining parrots and help ensure the species' survival. Read the story and watch the video at; http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-12/drones-track-critically-endangered-swift-parrots-in-nsw-riverina/10221302?pfmredir=sm
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by on September 11, 2018
“I use arial videos to analyze their (Manta Rays) collective movements without affecting their natural behavior.“ - Rob Perryman. Watch Rob’s PhD story, as well as vote for his research in the Australian Society of Fish Biology Science Communication Awards at; https://www.thinkable.org/submission_entries/790JG13V
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by on September 8, 2018
The crown-of-thorns starfish eats coral in mass outbreaks, causing widespread destruction on the Great Barrier Reef. The starfish is recognised as one of three major threats to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, along with coral bleaching and cyclone damage. In a bid to eradicate the pest, Queensland researchers have developed world-first robots to administer a lethal injection to the starfish using new technology. Read the full article at; http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08...
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by on September 4, 2018
Drones are perhaps more typically used for commercial or recreational purposes. However one British based company, BioCarbon Engineering, is using the technology to help restore the environment. Read the full article at: https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/how-advanced-drone-technology-could-restore-forests/
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by on September 3, 2018
It’s no new news that the Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble with desperate need of help. Scientists have come to the rescue by introducing an autonomous robot drone to protect the reef, by killing starfish. After two years of work, researchers from Queensland University of Technology have created a reef-defending autonomous underwater drone named ‘RangerBot’, aimed to protect Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. RangerBot has been officially launched at the Reef HQ Aquarium in Australia....
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by on September 1, 2018
PEOPLE using drones to capture images of wildlife risk disturbing protected species and could fall foul of the law, experts have warned. The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) has issued guidance to drone users to avoid causing creatures stress. Drones have become increasingly popular for taking aerial photographs and for conservation work, according to the group, but a licence is often required. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staged a demonstration of best practice ...
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by on August 30, 2018
The Coimbatore forest division tested aerial elephant monitoring and herding Tuesday in an attempt to reduce man-animal conflicts in the region. The Coimbatore forest department in India tested aerial elephant monitoring and herding via drone Tuesday in an effort to reduce man-animal conflicts by ushering the elephants out of populated areas and back into forests before incidents can occur, The Times of India reported. Tuesday’s trial flight saw a camera drone monitoring an elephant herd ...
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