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If you can't stand the heat, --- !

If you can't stand the heat, --- !

Posted Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How well are we doing at restraining the natural forces that threaten us following the effects of anthropogenic global warming? The answer no politician wants is we're not adapting to the blindingly obvious. Cool it, the planet that is. Otherwise we'll emit so much carbon dioxide and methane that the weather will provide the punishment we deserve.

If you can't stand the heat, --- !

Copulation was invented by ancient fish.

Copulation was invented by ancient fish.

Posted Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:20:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The drive to produce offspring has always been as dominant as the enjoyment of food. Australian scientists have now used Scottish fossils to deduce that Estonian fish evolved a jolly dance that has resulted in much more “fun” in their ancestors!

Copulation was invented by ancient fish.

Flood the Pacific islands or don't sell your coal!

Flood the Pacific islands or don't sell your coal!

Posted Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can we get politics to react to long-term problems, for which the politicians may not even be alive to fully appreciate? The Pacific Islands have an answer, as they are suffering before the great industrial and financial centres start to crumble under flood and tempest!

Flood the Pacific islands or don't sell your coal!

Fracking still rears its ugly head

Fracking still rears its ugly head

Posted Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:21:15 GMT by JW Dowey

We only consider 2 nations here, with their differing thoughts on an industry that provides cheap and easy energy. The worldwide comparative approach might be appropriate to consider just how often fracking leads to consequences that the perpetrators are very reluctant to investigate. It is up to local people in every nation to decide on their own solutions, but also to look at other opinions where experiences in other countries have taught us what to expect.

Fracking still rears its ugly head

Solutions to the sad case of the Aral Sea

Solutions to the sad case of the Aral Sea

Posted Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A conference looks likely to enliven debate on both the Aral Sea’s fate and the need for interventions on environmental problems that are causing international problems for health, ecology and vast pollution.

Solutions to the sad case of the Aral Sea

International World Food Day, 2014

International World Food Day, 2014

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:52:56 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Green grow the rushes, oh, and the world’s crops, despite all the bad weather that is thrown at them. All because of careful and progressive family farmers.

International World Food Day, 2014

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The wonder of bird migration takes a long while to sink in. Perhaps it’s the payload, but tiny birds still seem able to amaze us with their ability to fly thousands of kilometres (or even miles.) This is a unique Australian endemic bird that seems able to detect water a great distances, possibly by smell of desert, air, their brine shrimp food or other olfaction.

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Horse Sense

Horse Sense

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

After the great interest shown by our articles on the recent evolution of dogs, cats and horses, we thought it better to follow these up, rather than spout on about relatively unknown species, much as we’d love to. North Americans love to think that horses belong there, but they became extinct there for an odd combination of circumstances, like camels and many others.

Horse Sense

Quagga mussels invade your waterways!

Quagga mussels invade your waterways!

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:31:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The UK is about to receive a visit from the infamous quagga mussel. It’s a rock star you won’t like, living in hard substrates and a softie too! Many species such as freshwater fish could be affected, as well as poisoned, while the blockages caused by the high population levels often bring power station or other water inlets to a full stop.

Quagga mussels invade your waterways!

We’re mad about Madagascar.

We’re mad about Madagascar.

Posted Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How much research flows out of Madagascar, on the lemurs, chameleons and frogs alone. We have to preserve this island and sustain its people in their struggles with nature, including climate change. The age of introspection is over. This is one planet and we all are one with it – just investigate the biodiversity and the climate change conferences mushrooming in response to popular demands.

We’re mad about Madagascar.

Transformers, but with your house!

Transformers, but with your house!

Posted Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:34:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

energy efficient houses, carbon neutral, housing associations, IKEA kitchens, financiers, housing tenants, green roof,

Transformers, but with your house!

UNEP-convened Global SCP Clearinghouse: obliging the Consumer Generation with Alternatives

UNEP-convened Global SCP Clearinghouse: obliging the Consumer Generation with Alternatives

Posted Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:17:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

UNEP have come up with the life-saving solution to efficient practice in a sustainable world. Have a good look.

UNEP-convened Global SCP Clearinghouse: obliging the Consumer Generation with Alternatives

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

To find evidence of how speciation can happen when there is an obvious bio-geographical boundary should be simple. This represents a first, however, for a group colonising New Guinea and evolving a greater size in several instances. The ancestry of these New Guinea geckos, large and small, has been well-traced.

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Bad news for corals and divers.

Bad news for corals and divers.

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

It’s worrying, because coral is vital to young fish and many predatory organisms that need its shelter, near the surface and full of prey. Hawaii’s remote nature reserves should be free from many human-induced problems, but El Nino cannot be denied. This loss of coral in the summer could be the beginning of a horrific scene of local extinctions. It must be carefully monitored.

Bad news for corals and divers.

Biodiversity Progress Today

Biodiversity Progress Today

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:36:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Here is the promised simple report on the first day of the big Korean Biodiversity convention. We’ll have to wait longer for anything more concrete.

Biodiversity Progress Today

Biodiversity Summit

Biodiversity Summit

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:54:03 GMT by JW Dowey

If you appreciate the buzzing bee, the sight of cheetah hunting, or the thought of stroking a manta ray, this summit is essential reading. It begins today, so we can but hope.

Biodiversity Summit

Light energy stored in a battery at last

Light energy stored in a battery at last

Posted Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:15:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Researchers have advanced on yet another front in the race to achieve solar energy for all. The wind power enthusiasts must be wondering when their next development can “eclipse” the achievements of the photochemists!

Light energy stored in a battery at last

No Bryde's for the future?

No Bryde's for the future?

Posted Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:18:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

To live in the heavily industrialised coastlines of the world must be hell. These animals that do survive have already coped with the worst that life or humans can throw at them. Even if we manage to save these Bryde’s whales, will they survive the fish diet we have contaminated for them?

No Bryde's for the future?

As much oxygen as you need

As much oxygen as you need

Posted Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Despite the disappointment of not absorbing any carbon dioxide, this fantastic discovery of an organic crystal in Odense could transform lives of both divers and hospital patients, not forgetting the many other applications we’re sure will arise when this neat oxygen producer is in production.

As much oxygen as you need

 Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Posted Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:47:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Fascinating stuff from Kiel, as familiar creatures are found to have incredible abilities. Imagine what these rare new species could show us if they avoid extinction.

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

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Posted Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT by JW.Dowey

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'Paper reserves' need fleshing out for China's flora to blossom

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Baby elephants and the effects of climate change

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Mystery of Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountain Range solved

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Cancun Climate Conference: Extreme heat events will be the norm

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Male giraffe pelage colour changes linked to ageing

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Marine reserves among oceans of uncertainty

Posted Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:13:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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O'Sun Nomad portable solar light system

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Coral cover's deadly decline

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World Refugee Day, 20th June 2013

Posted Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Brown Bears versus Polar Bears

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The wolf at the door and the sandpiper that migrates: Animals in their niches

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AIDS: The Environmental Impact

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