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Losing The Wildlife In Your Woods?

Losing The Wildlife In Your Woods?

Posted Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:21:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

To be truly green, there has to be a twitch of a wing in your garden, or a familiar long walk in the hills. Your lifestyle may be sustainable, but what is the point without native plants and creatures to lighten your mood?

Losing The Wildlife In Your Woods?

A giant leap for frog-kind.

A giant leap for frog-kind.

Posted Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

You would have thought we could have worked out how the amphibians move around by now. But no, we have not, until two scientists carefully X-rayed the mechanics of the frog’s leg. The French have been eating them for so long, you would have thought they would have noticed the dynamic catch mechanism. But no, you never think about the amazing and delicately adjusted mechanism disappearing into your maw.

A giant leap for frog-kind.

Mammals as they used to be.

Mammals as they used to be.

Posted Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The mammals are great at adaptation to different niches, but we can’t easily study many lost species that must have contributed to the ecology of living species, as well as being their ancestors!

Mammals as they used to be.

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Posted Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The mantids earn their popularity from the fearsome triangle of a head while the elegant bodies and displays they give us only add to the mystique. Now the background to that grisly mating habit can be revealed !

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Domestic horses derived from wild restocking.

Domestic horses derived from wild restocking.

Posted Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Any obsessions we have with our own cats, birds, dogs, pigs, horses or whatever stems from long-established traits in ourselves, but the elucidation of how the animal species were adapted is just as intriguing. Here is a great story on how the horse became what it is today - a simple hobby with negative aspects to its breeding and shapes to match human fancy. But what a story from history of deals, war-horses, ancient chariot uses and the complete history of recent agriculture and transport - and that’s just a start!

Domestic horses derived from wild restocking.

No to coal & its emissions (70% of global carbon.)

No to coal & its emissions (70% of global carbon.)

Posted Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:36:31 GMT by Paul Robinson

The politicians have "COPPED out" and the industrialists have nobody to stop them. Coal will continue now long beyond its Best Buy Date (which was millions of years ago.)

No to coal & its emissions (70% of global carbon.)

Lima Call for Climate Change !

Lima Call for Climate Change !

Posted Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:20:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Climate change and carbon dioxide emissions are the simple link. The science tells us about all the other greenhouse gases and the links to rainfall in Europe, Asia and South America, drought in Australia, North America and Africa plus the rise in sea levels. That should make the problem seem more urgent, but has it had the required effect on those chosen to perform the actions we all need?

Lima Call for Climate Change !

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Posted Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When the birds' success is measured, it appears as a fairy tale of opportunity as the dinosaur niches became vacant. They grabbed it with both claws and pecked their way to the top-flight!

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Humpbacks Come Back

Humpbacks Come Back

Posted Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:55:54 GMT by JW Dowey

The large whales are now almost considered as close relatives. We all regard them as conserved by our actions, apart from one or two nations. Now the need is to look at the smaller mammals, the almost-extinct, and those creatures who never get a look-in when the IUCN declare others as critically-endangered. Some species such as the whale can now function even as samplers of the species beneath them in the food webs. We can get some idea of other populations’ progress if we study the diet of certain critical animals. The plant kingdom have already given us information about dim and distant climates and still more will appear as technologies allow us access to information we urgently need about how the Earth works.

Humpbacks Come Back

J’aime la belle Paris, mais sacre bleu!

J’aime la belle Paris, mais sacre bleu!

Posted Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Are we picking on Paris? No, this is a simple look at the lively discussion surrounding wood fires and vehicular transport in a typical city these days. Two people arguing about their responsibilities towards their capital and its people. This is the way we need to approach city life - by reason, not by dictate.

J’aime la belle Paris, mais sacre bleu!

Belugas stop Canadian pipeline

Belugas stop Canadian pipeline

Posted Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:32:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

A fight has been going on in Canada and the US to prevent tar sand oil pipelines from stretching across both nations. Some unexpected support from state governments and First Nation spokesmen also includes the 90 belugas who live in the giant river system of the St Lawrence. Pollution is not unknown there, but an enormous oil terminal could bring this population to the brink of extinction.

Belugas stop Canadian pipeline

Natural Human Lives

Natural Human Lives

Posted Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:49:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Just how good is it for you to get out and enjoy the natural sea, land or even the air? Walkers swear by it, but they’re just rude. Scuba divers love their sport but is it just a lot of hot air. We have a close look at whether and why the great outdoors might be good for health.

Natural Human Lives

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

Posted Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:18:01 GMT by JW Dowey

We need to protect many animals and plants throughout our domain, but the domain of other humans needs protection too, as we well know. Here is possibly the last totally isolated culture on earth, just about to be destroyed by poachers, unless we act to defend them from the disease and the desolation that our civilisation brings them

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

Solar Fuel from Artificial Leaves at last.

Solar Fuel from Artificial Leaves at last.

Posted Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:07:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Add less platinum, more hydrogen, take away the natural gas and provide the vehicle. Seems simple enough!

Solar Fuel from Artificial Leaves at last.

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

Posted Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:53:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When a plant or animal invades your garden, your farm or your lake, the means of dealing with it can be limited. Now we have some understanding of the invasiveness, we can probably do much more to limit these IAS.

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.

Posted Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:55:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How much can we use the disabled to usher in new technology and to fill a great gap in society? To fulfil their hopes and improve economies in every nation, many more people can be employed despite any negative attitudes. The result will be a fairer society and less stress for all of us who fear disease or accident that could, at the moment, end our working lives.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.

Die, diesel, die !

Die, diesel, die !

Posted Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How quickly will we realise that health among vulnerable groups is really suffering from the effects of nitrogen dioxide on city-dwellers. This is as important as the smoking bans for those who already have lung or heart problems.

Die, diesel, die !

South American problems/climate change in Lima today

South American problems/climate change in Lima today

Posted Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Some biodiversity with macaws in the inclusive story and a lovely woolly alpaca here, but the emphasis in South America is on Lima and the key decisions that should be made there this week. Optimism is reported, but how can we be optimistic when there is so much to do, in so many regions, as global warming provides us all with floods, sudden storms and worse !

South American problems/climate change in Lima today

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

Posted Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In racial discrimination, we have problems, but in birds it is all about the mating prospects of similar individuals. In this case, the stonechat has already successfully colonised many parts of the Old World over millions of years. Here is an insight into evolution of the song and the bird as it continues the selection and the speciations that have made it successful for so long. The nightingale is mentioned as a plastic song

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

The world as it was, 2.6 million years ago, and will be again!

The world as it was, 2.6 million years ago, and will be again!

Posted Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How do we know how the oceans and winds will deliver when global warming destroys or present climate systems? The answer will depend on how this new information on Arctic sea-ice fits with various modelling experiments. We need to have information on these unexpected floods, violent hurricanes and killer droughts if we are to have any chance of preventing their worst excesses.

The world as it was, 2.6 million years ago, and will be again!

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