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Nitrogen Deposits Increased 60% from the 1980s – 2000s in China

March 1, 2013

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A group of international researchers reveal in a new study that the amount of nitrogen deposited on land and water in China has increased 60 percent from the 1980s to the 2000s. It’s no secret that China is faced with some of the world’s worst pollution. Until now, however, information on the magnitude, scope and […]

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New Chinese Survey Reveals Extensive Coastal Pollution

November 7, 2012

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A national marine survey of China’s marine resources paints a disturbing portrait of its current coastal environment. The survey was launched in 2004 by the Chinese State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and was finally completed last month. The unpublished survey shows that roughly 90% of coastal cities suffer from intermittent water shortages. China’s mangrove swamps have […]

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Feathered Yutyrannus Huali Specimen Found in China, Closely Related to Tyrannosaurus Rex

April 5, 2012

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A newly discovered ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex was discovered recently in China. Yutyrannus huali was covered in feathers, was 30 feet long, and weighed 3,000 pounds. Y. huali isn’t as large as T. rex, which appeared 6 million years later, but it’s the largest feathered tyrannosaur that’s ever been discovered. Paleontologists think that this provides […]

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Birth Ratios Skew Towards More Females During Famine

March 28, 2012

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In China, during the Chinese Great Leap Forward famine, the male to female birth ratios fell significantly. This implies that whenever food is in short supply, women are more likely to bear daughters than sons. During the famine, which lasted from 1958 to 1961, between 18 to 32.5 million people died. At that time, the […]

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Cretaceous Period Pterosaur Discovered in Northeast China

March 7, 2012

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Paleontologists have discovered a new wildly snaggle-toothed skull in northeast China that belonged to previously unknown flying reptile. It was named Guidraco venator, which is Chinese and Latin for “ghost dragon hunter” by the team. The carnivorous pterosaur had a wingspan of 13 to 16 feet, a jaw filled with pointy teeth, and a round […]

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Jurassic Period Super-Sized Fleas Had Armored Mouthparts to Attack the Thick Hide of Dinosaurs

March 5, 2012

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The primitive ancestors of modern day fleas were built to drain the blood of dinosaurs, more than 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. This potential host-parasite relationship was recently uncovered thanks to a set of preserved fossils found in China. Fleas, insects from the Siphonaptera order, infest all types of mammals and birds, but […]

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Fungus Transforms North American Red Turpentine Beetle into Tree Killer in Asia

February 5, 2012

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Microbial evolution has turned a mild-mannered North American beetle into a tree killer in Asia. The red turpentine beetle, Dendroctonus valens, is a wood-boring species native to North America. D. valens is unremarkable and harmless in its native region. However once it migrated to China, it wiped out more than seven million pines in the […]

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Asia’s Coal Use Up 500% Since 1980

January 5, 2012

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World Coal Consumption Since 1980

Whether global warming is really occurring or these temperatures are cyclical, it’s best to keep coal use down as it is terrible for the environment. We need to stop arguing about why and stop using coal. It produces more CO2 per unit of energy than other mainstream energy source and it is also the main […]

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Breeding Area for the Blackthroat Luscinia Obscura Discovered

December 20, 2011

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The Blackthroat Luscinia Obscura Discovered

In June of 2011, a team of Chinese and Swedish researchers rediscovered the breeding area for the Blackthroat Luscinia obscura, in the Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi province, in north central China. Seven singing males were seen in Foping and seven more in Changqing National Nature Reserves. This is a spectacular find because that nearly equals the […]

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China to Create 10% More Rain by 2015

December 13, 2011

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The rest of the world can deal with droughts and bad crops but China has plans to step up their rain-making endeavors and increase precipitation by 10% during the next four years. China decided to relieve Mother Nature of her rain-making duties a few years ago. They don’t mind if the ol’ gal adds a […]

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Skull From China May Be The Oldest Evidence Of Human Violence

November 29, 2011

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There’s no question that we humans have been a violent species. All you need to do is watch the nightly news or any given blockbuster movie that’s short on plot, but high on explosions. One day, we may outgrow our violent nature if we are lucky. But have you ever wondered what the very first […]

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