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Population of UK’s Tallest Bird Hits Record-Breaking High

RSPB | Conservation & Biodiversity

Population of UK’s Tallest Bird Hits Record-Breaking High

“Survey results show 2023 was another successful year for the Common Crane, with a record 80 pairs confirmed in the UK and 36 young known to have fledged. 

Driven to extinction in the UK during the 16th century, the population is now at its highest level since the species returned in 1979.”

From RSPB.

BBC | Science & Technology

How AI Is Helping to Prevent Future Power Cuts

“AI is also now being used to protect the physical infrastructure that carries electricity to our homes.

One company, Buzz Solutions, uses AI to scan through imagery of electricity cables, pylons and substations, identifying signs of damage such as broken parts or rust.

The system also identifies when trees and other greenery are growing too close to power lines.

Not only can this prevent power outages from damaged lines, but it can also reduce the risk of wildfires.”

From BBC.

The Guardian | Conservation & Biodiversity

Longest Creature Ever Seen Found on Undersea Peaks off South America

“Squat lobsters, bright red sea toads and deep-sea dragon fish were among more than 160 species never previously seen in the region that were spotted on a recent expedition exploring an underwater mountain range off the coast of South America. Researchers from the California-based Schmidt Ocean Institute believe that at least 50 of those species are likely to be new to science.”

From The Guardian.

BBC | Conservation & Biodiversity

How AI is being used to prevent illegal fishing

“Global Fishing Watch was co-founded by Google, marine conservation body Oceana, and environmental group SkyTruth. The latter studies satellite images to spot environmental damage.

To try to better monitor and quantify the problem of overfishing, Global Fishing Watch is now using increasingly sophisticated AI software, and satellite imagery, to globally map the movements of more than 65,000 commercial fishing vessels, both those with – and without – AIS.

The AI analyses millions of gigabytes of satellite imagery to detect vessels and offshore infrastructure. It then looks at publicly accessible data from ships’ AIS signals, and combines this with radar and optical imagery to identify vessels that fail to broadcast their positions.”

From BBC.

Washington Post | Conservation & Biodiversity

Wait, Does America Suddenly Have a Record Number of Bees?

“America’s honeybee population has rocketed to an all-time high.

We’ve added almost a million bee colonies in the past five years. We now have 3.8 million, the census shows. Since 2007, the first census after alarming bee die-offs began in 2006, the honeybee has been the fastest-growing livestock segment in the country! And that doesn’t count feral honeybees, which may outnumber their captive cousins several times over.”

From Washington Post.