Notes from a rare planet: Great white sharks attracted to AC/DC music

Great White Shark Cage Diving

For those about to rock, sharks salute you (TreeHugger)

  • “Conventional wisdom would suggest that the best way to lure great white sharks is to bait the water with chum, but one Australian ocean tour operator says he’s found something that works even better: heavy metal. It’s been known for a while now that some music has the power to repel sharks, though evidently particular tunes can have the opposite effect — specifically hits from the band AC/DC. While it may seem a bit far-fetched that the ocean predators would have a soft spot for hit-making Aussie rockers, the logic is actually, well, sound.”

Smog isn’t just unhealthy and unsightly, but it is also hindering Hong Kong from attracting top talent (New York Times)

  • A survey of more than 200 international and local companies operating in Hong Kong, released on Tuesday by the office-space provider Regus, suggests that the problem is negatively affecting businesses. Three of four companies said that the city’s air quality was making it harder for them to attract and retain employees from abroad.”

REDD should fund efficient stoves, crop yield increases, says study (Mongabay)

  • “Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) must incorporate the implementation cost of programs to meet resource demands of local people in order to be successful, argues a new study published in Nature Climate Change.”

Ocean acidification makes clownfish go deaf (TreeHugger)

  • “The planet’s oceans absorb a lot of CO2 from the atmosphere, slowly turning them more acidic than they would otherwise be. This can be a big problem for many species that haven’t evolved in these conditions, including coral reefs and, scientists have now found, the clownfish (popularized by Pixar’s Finding Nemo). Apparently, it’s the clownfish’s hearing that is most affected by acidification.”

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