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+ - Deforestation Depletes Fish Stocks

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Adding to the well-known fish-killing effects deforestation has in increasing turbidity and temperature in streams, a study published in Nature Communications, (abstract, PDF access), demonstrates deforestation causes a depletion of nutrients in associated lake aquatic ecosystems and, as a consequence, impacted fish stocks. Lead author Andrew Tanentzap is quoted as saying, 'We found fish that had almost 70% of their biomass made from carbon that came from trees and leaves instead of aquatic food chain sources.' This has troubling implications as, 'It's estimated that freshwater fishes make up more than 6% of the world's annual animal protein supplies for humans ...' Additionally, this may have significance in regard to anadromous species, such as salmon, which help power ocean ecosystems. The BBC offers more approachable coverage."

Comment: Re:Make a Biosphere out of it (Score 1) 107

by Muros (#47127843) Attached to: Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Rainwater can be collected and recycled fairly easily. Crops of hydroponic vegetable gardens can be grown using robots. One level could be set aside for chicken and cows. Wind power can be generated on the top levels. A few levels can be set aside for humans. I would think that making the base with steel and upper levels with aluminum beams would be the most practical. It would have the best balconies ever! I can't wait to move in!!

If you started of with the center of many modern large cities with skyscrapers, you already have the support structure for a massive hollow pyramid in place. Of course, few of those cities happen to be in hot deserts.

Comment: Re:Also, this means... (Score 2) 274

by Muros (#46862613) Attached to: Male Scent Molecules May Be Compromising Biomedical Research

No, your reading comprehension sucks and the summary is correct. From the end of the fourth paragraph in the fucking article (emphasis mine):

The rodents showed significantly fewer signs of pain (an average of a 36% lower score on the grimace scale) when a male researcher was in the room than when a female researcher—or no researcher at all—was there.

Read as far as the sixth paragraph.

Comment: Re:American company (Score 1) 226

by Muros (#46854543) Attached to: American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

To avoid double taxation - just require them to pay to USA the difference in US vs Irish tax. If Ireland taxes them more than the USA then they don't have to pay anything. If Ireland taxes zero, then they pay the full to the USA. If they don't like that then they should behave more like separate companies. e.g. the Irish Microsoft CEO can ignore the US CEO on what to do with the billions of US dollars ;).

I'm a bit hazy on this myself, but I believe the way it works is this: under Irish law, the profits are to be taxed in the US. Under US law, the profits are taxed there when they are repatriated from the subsidiary to the parent company. So, the profits are never repatriated, they are instead sitting in a dollar account in a US bank (to avoid losses due to currency fluctuations) belonging to the Irish subsidiary of the US company, until such a time as congress decides to lower tax rates so they can take it all back "home" (it is already back in the US, just untaxed) for free. Until then, banks will be more than willing to lend them whatever money they want or need in the US, because they have this massive pile of cash lying about.

Comment: Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (Score 4, Insightful) 351

by Muros (#46703575) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

"Either" goes with "or" and "neither" goes with "nor", though neither "or" nor "nor" need either "either" nor "neither" (respectively) in all cases, and neither do either "nor" nor "or" ever pair directly with "and" as you had them, though either "and either" or "and neither" can introduce an "or" or "nor" clause (respectively) into a larger "and" clause just fine.

I think that might be the best sentence I've ever tried to read out loud.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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