The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Black-footed ferret (Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Mountain Prairie)

Black-footed ferret (Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Mountain Prairie)

December 2, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of November 28, 2016.

Pluto's got a heavy heart...

...and it's not from NASA denouncing it as an official planet. New research indicates the large heart shape visible on Pluto contains a deep, icy basin that may actually be a sinkhole. A study from a team led by astronomer Douglas Hamilton has suggested that the basin was formed by the weight of surface ice on the planet.

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Colorado has become home sweet home for endangered ferrets

It looks like ferrets like the mountains. In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 28 captive-born black-footed ferrets at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Now, the population has increased by 29 percent, which is a promising trend towards reestablishing the ferret population in the area.

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Technology leads to wildlife conservation

Connected Conservation, a new technology system, is aiming to decrease the likelihood of poaching by helping rangers spot illegal hunters quicker. The system combines thermal cameras, sensors, biometrics and more to create a stronger security network in an area.

Take a closer look here >

Forget Netflix. Stream power instead

Nova Scotia has become a powerhouse in its own right this month. The first of two in-stream turbines was deployed in the Bay of Fundy and will help power 500 homes. The second will be installed at the base of the bay in 2017.

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A different kind of breakup

The effects of climate change has reached a whole other level in West Antartica. A new study suggests large pieces from the Pine Island Glacier, known as the fastest-melting glacier in the region, will likely continue to break off. Last year, a 583-square-kilometre piece of the glacier broke off, threatening to rise sea levels.

Break off the story here >

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Raechel Bonomo is the manager, internal communications at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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