Sinkhole In Florida Consumes A Man And His Bedroom.

Sinkhole in Florida swallows a man and his bedroom.Scary stuff. A 30′ sinkhole opened up under a house in Florida last night and swallowed an entire bedroom and one person who is presumed dead. From the Guardian:

“A Florida man screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole opened up under the bedroom of a house, his brother said on Friday. The brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash near midnight on Thursday, then heard his brother screaming. “When he got there, there was no bedroom left,” the Hillsborough county fire rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said. “There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up.”

Sinkholes occur naturally but land development (construction, heavy water retention ponds) and new water-diversion systems (lowering the water table, runoff etc.) may contribute to the process. [Guardian via Gizmodo]

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Jubbling Break: ‘True Facts About The Mantis’ Video By Ze Frank.

True Facts About The Mantis by Ze Frank.

Get closer to the nature and the world around us with Ze Frank’s latest Youtube video “True Facts About The Mantis”. Now I’m going to look up tennis porn. [Buzzfeed]


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High Quality Animated GIFs Of Nature In Action.

Frog checking out mealworm.

Frog checking out mealworm.

These amazing high quality animated GIFs of nature in action were taken from documentaries. More animated GIFs of nature are posted on the Head Like An Orange tumblr blog.

Spinning tornado.

Spinning tornado.

Ladybugs wrestling.

Ladybugs wrestling.

Ground squirrel realizing the ladybugs aren't wrestling.

Ground squirrel realizing the ladybugs aren't wrestling.

Nature is awesome! [Laughing Squid]

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Going Beyond ‘Icky’: Earthworms Contribute To Global Warming.

Earthworms - Enemy of the EnvironmentWhen you think of climate change, it’s easy to point the finger at the burning of fossil fuels, Koch Bros, and Jim Inhofe. But earthworms? Yep – according to a new study posted in Nature.com, our subterranean and planet sharing earthworms are contributing to global warming by increasing the release of greenhouse gases. Researchers from Holland, Columbia and the US found that earthworms increase nitrous oxide emissions by 42% and carbon dioxide emissions by 33% when compared to earthworm-free soil.

Sorry earthworms but we have to put a dent in your greenhouse-gas producing population; we’ll have to figure out how to eat you or we’ll go on more fishing trips. We’re in a tough spot. If we don’t reduce your population – the fossil fuel industry, Koch Bros and Jim Inhofe’s are going to blame you for global warming rather than taking responsibility for their own actions. Yes, earthworms have been making the soil more fertile for eons and your greenhouse-gas emissions are just a byproduct of that effort but when excuses are made and blame is passed by climate change deniers, you’ll be at the top of the list. [Inhabitat]

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Jubbling Break: ‘True Facts About The Leaf Katydid’ YouTube Video By Ze Frank.

After watching “True Facts About The Leaf Katydid,” it’s hard to go outside and NOT be a little self-conscience knowing what the animal kingdom is thinking about us. [Laughing Squid]

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Amazing Video Of A Diver Freeing A Dolphin Tangled In Fishing Line.

On a swim with manta rays off of Hawaii, diver Keller Laros encountered a dolphin that had fishing line wrapped around its pectoral fin. He manages to cut away the line that restricted the dolphin’s ability to swim – possibly saving the dolphins life. Not only should Mr. Laros’ efforts be applauded but some credit needs to be passed over to his dolphin patient. From Treehugger:

“Incredibly, the wild dolphin then appears to readily comply with Laros’s efforts to help, positioning its body to make his work easier, seeming to give full trust in the terrestrial stranger.”

Nice to have a positive end to this story.

Ghost netFishing line waste is a problem but not to the level of ghost nets. Ghost nets, gillnets lost at sea or dumped into the ocean at the end of a season, are a major repeat killer of marine life. The floating discarded nets entangle enough sea life that eventually they’ll sink to the bottom of the ocean. After the sea life is consumed, the synthetic nets then float back to the surface and the process is repeated. You can find out more about ghost nets on Oceansinc.org. [Treehugger]

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