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Bigger Ideas on Climate Change

Bigger Ideas on Climate Change

Posted Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:06:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Where are we going, as climate begins to dominate the year’s news? With Ukraine and Syria big on bad behaviour, the concentration needs to shift to the millions threatened by other events. As Lennon (and not Lenin) said, war is over, except it seems to hang on like an unwanted spectre. Global problems should now begin to occupy our collective thoughts.

Bigger Ideas on Climate Change

How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas.

How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas.

Posted Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Auto-Immune Deficiency Disease is very much an issue still although many, young and old, ignore it. Those who can afford to spend our health service cash on drugs survive well, but in Africa, the support for prevention or relief is almost nil.

How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas.

Oil boom in Texas is over?

Oil boom in Texas is over?

Posted Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:24:00 GMT by JW Dowey

While the world ponders climate change, Texas, which suffers badly from drought, has been trying to frack its way forward. It now seems these workers will have to return home and that oil is not the future. It has lasted over a century, but the oil executives are now grasping at straws, instead of embracing renewable or at least less polluting energies. New jobs will have to be found, but this is not the first time oil has gone bust!

Oil boom in Texas is over?

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Posted Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can the tiny capacity of a bee brain store memory as capably as that of our own? The 2 are very similar in performance, according to this research, despite the disparity in size.

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Where have all the forests gone?

Where have all the forests gone?

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More on the pack of lies that emerge on logging worldwide. Maybe this time, the destruction can be slowed down to a stop, after these revelations on satellite-tracking the real damage to our forests.

Where have all the forests gone?

Sustainable cotton: a need for investment

Sustainable cotton: a need for investment

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Who can stomach the great environmental costs of growing cotton? It has destroyed seas and bankrupted many farmers . It is now down to manufacturing brand names to support their growers in ways they have not managed before. In the modern tradition, fair trading has reached the clothing industry.

Sustainable cotton: a need for investment

Planktonic growth and fishy futures.

Planktonic growth and fishy futures.

Posted Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:30:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Both climate and ecosystem research is important, as our ocean temperatures and pH change. It is an acidic and a basic problem. How will we cope, if even more fish disappear? And there is more to this than just what we eat. The whole atmosphere and our coastal communities are affected .

Planktonic growth and fishy futures.

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The distant Titicaca, Scottish lochs, Russian Lake Baikal, and the wonderful Rift Valley lakes of Africa. Such productive waters but what prospects are there for any of these lakes to survive with even a modicum of their productivity or native fauna and flora, when we look at the Great Lakes?

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:35:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

So does Vietnam rehabilitate its wildlife in reserves, or just sneak back and eat them later? It is a question that every international worker has to ask themselves in every corrupt regime, for every single expensive effort to improve lives and wildlife. It is our joint responsibility to improve the environment, but our partners must be suspect in many cases.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Posted Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:57:32 GMT by JW Dowey

Americans worry about how the Pacific can be crossed by cesium-134. Tuna is possibly the greatest concern, but don’t worry. Keep on noshing that sushi!

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Mekong is almost a stagnant pond!

Mekong is almost a stagnant pond!

Posted Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:21:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The regulation of unilateral decisions on hydroelectric power reminds all of us that the water around us really does not belong to us. It belongs just as much to the fish and the water cycle that supplies us with the precious stuff!

Mekong is almost a stagnant pond!

Our evolution from jelly!

Our evolution from jelly!

Posted Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When they said we evolved, we never thought we were related to these guys. What a nerve, to think ctenophore genomes could reveal such personal relationships.

Our evolution from jelly!

Wave power works with heart technology!

Wave power works with heart technology!

Posted Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:28:18 GMT by JW Dowey

The power used by surfers for pure enjoyment can be very useful in coastal areas and far beyond. We can harness new ideas, even from medicine, to create these hyper-efficient devices for our future and the present energy needs of many nations.

Wave power works with heart technology!

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Posted Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:10:06 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dragons and biodiversity seem miles apart. Here seadragons help us to understand just what might be left for us on a severely-depleted planet. Thanks to these researchers for getting to the far end of an old story from 60 years ago and using technology to provide us with the truth about fish phylogeny and our diverse marine life.

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

Posted Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:10:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

As the oceans change due to anthropomorphic and climatic change, the whales are perhaps our best way of monitoring their vast areas, even though this study only covers the Gulf of California.

Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

Posted Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:36:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Why do deep-water whales strand themselves? The answer could be just that-they don’t adapt well to shallow beaches! Alternatively, read on.

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

The Environment: Another Casualty of the International Drug Trade

The Environment: Another Casualty of the International Drug Trade

Posted Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:47:00 GMT by Daniel Faris

Carbon emissions are rarely counted from marijuana smokers, but they are sizeable, apparently. The manifold problems of cocaine are a lot more serious, of course, as described well here by Daniel Faris.

The Environment: Another Casualty of the International Drug Trade

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Posted Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:16:41 GMT by Paul Robinson

The survival of wild species in South America is critical to any world effort at conservation, while the sad state of many zoo animals and others there caused legislation to be introduced in 2012. Here we have a chance to help a magnificent effort to save both wild and other animals, foully-abused , but now only in the past, we hope.

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Bonobo, chimpanzee or gambler?

Bonobo, chimpanzee or gambler?

Posted Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:43:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How emotional are we when taking a risk, and do men and women vary in their risk-taking? We don’t know yet, but the nearest relatives are much more easily assessed.

Bonobo, chimpanzee or gambler?

Rainforest Alliance claims paper industry helps conservation.

Rainforest Alliance claims paper industry helps conservation.

Posted Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:23:38 GMT by JW Dowey

Who is right? The avid deforester who seems to have converted to conservation, or the NGOs who claim that corruption and illegal encroachment will devastate what is left of the rainforests.

Rainforest Alliance claims paper industry helps conservation.

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Work on Learjet 85 targets environmental performance

Posted Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:40:37 GMT by John Dean

Kenyans ready for dark days ahead

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:40:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

U.S. says no deal to BP resuming oil drilling

Posted Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:51:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Phobos Probe

Posted Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New York commits to waste plan

Posted Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:38:00 GMT by Rachel England

Unsafe disposal of water waste in Pennsylvania

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:45:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

Dolphins evolving into groups separated by ocean conditions

Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:06:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Unseasonal Floods - Climate Change?

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 06:57:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Gorilla Glutes get the Girls

Posted Wed, 02 May 2012 20:32:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cracking the Naturalist's Code: The Fight for the Great Bear

Posted Sat, 12 Feb 2011 17:16:00 GMT by Eric M. Keen

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Posted Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:15:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Tree Frogs and their adhesive addiction!

Posted Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:24:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Coming together to save Babylon

Posted Wed, 05 Jan 2011 11:33:04 GMT by Paromita Pain

Evolution measured in decades not centuries

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:55:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

UK soil bacteria DNA mapped in world first

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:01:00 GMT by Louise Murray

New UK draft energy bill promises cleaner energy

Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 16:09:56 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Chernobyl 25 years on

Posted Sat, 26 Feb 2011 20:07:07 GMT by Michael Evans

Superman releases turtle after plastic ingestion.

Posted Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:02:39 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The week's environmental news roundup: September 23rd 2011

Posted Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:30:00 GMT by Laura Brown