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The Ancient Romance of Samarqand.

The Ancient Romance of Samarqand.

Posted Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

It is likely that more writers and scholars have written about Samarqand than any other ancient city. The place teems with ghosts of long-gone civilisers, - and decivilisers, Amirs and zealots, soldiers of both fortune and dedication, but I love it. Thanks, Mohi!

The Ancient Romance of Samarqand.

Scenes of Reason:climate change and video information

Scenes of Reason:climate change and video information

Posted Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:55:48 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When they speak about environmental issues on news programmes, you rarely get such direct information as these youngsters provide here.

Scenes of Reason:climate change and video information

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

Posted Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:54:49 GMT by Paul Robinson

Darwin would have called us armchair conservationists, but this is even worse. While he was an armchair theorist (compared to Wallace), we may begin to spend our time and money trying to correct past extinctions. Tinkering is unlikely to be an answer to the continuing loss of biodiversity from every single habitat on land and water. Conservation of what we have is going to be much more difficult than some fairly basic genetic engineering.

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

How do we face up to ice loss?

How do we face up to ice loss?

Posted Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:31:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate change is about to become the issue that many accept as even more important than wars and finances. We are being physically forced into action, despite the fact that almost nobody lives around the Barents Sea or even the Bering Strait.

How do we face up to ice loss?

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:11:06 GMT by JW Dowey

SUMMARY: When you look up your surname, the list of ancestors may include many Vikings and Saxons, but the base-metal of many Europeans is the Celt, feared by Rome and remembered for fantastic art and beautiful literature. Check your association with UK or Spanish blood now. You may well be surprised how ancient your ancestors are, according to the locality your more recent forebears inhabited.

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

Posted Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When threatened species face both competition and hybridisation from a relative, the best techniques for assessment are needed. The giant salamanders stand apart as unique endemics in NE Asia, but now the Chinese species has begun invading the rivers in which the other member of its genus lives. This could be curtains for Andrias japonicus if the IAS manages to gain a foothold and interbreed.

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

A Song for Earth Hour: James King

A Song for Earth Hour: James King

Posted Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:14:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

We rarely enter the world of music, unless it’s about whale song, but here is a topical thought on the forthcoming Earth Hour (March 28th.) James King sings a thoroughly sustainable song with a matching video for you. Enjoy the sounds and the sights.

A Song for Earth Hour: James King

Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

Posted Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:20:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Do you choose the gorillas and the rest of the unbelievable wildlife in this most magnificent of African National Parks, or the petrol in your car? I know which alternative to chuck out of the forest, never to see the light of day again.

Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

China comes clean (legally at least.)

China comes clean (legally at least.)

Posted Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

With respect for China in many countries becoming more important, the new legislative powers being used there seem to be having some effect. Prosecutions for the well-known and disastrous pollution of air and water in cities and countryside, will certainly stem the political and social consequences of some of the hazards in the nation.

China comes clean (legally at least.)

Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

Posted Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:20:01 GMT by JW Dowey

How to help the several hundred thousand people of Vanuata and its neighbours as this terrible storm dies down from category 5 to 4? Donations, I’m sure will be accepted worldwide for this terrible taste of future storms, while money is probably the last thing on the minds of many residents and observers.

Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

Spider bites and necrosis!

Spider bites and necrosis!

Posted Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Many considerations should determine how we approach health issues, pests and even bites we think we have. The effects of unfamiliar bites especially may be made more obvious by this interesting study of biological control. The control is there, but it’s in the spiders hands!

Spider bites and necrosis!

Human epoch or just invasive hominid species?

Human epoch or just invasive hominid species?

Posted Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When we raped the Americas and dug up coal industriously for the first time, chopped down forests for ships and swapped lives for lifestyle, was that the beginning of something? Kings Philip, Louis and James began the Anthropocene, according to the latest thinking. Personally, I prefer even the ‘60s to that!

Human epoch or just invasive hominid species?

Navigating the Atlantic as a giant turtle.

Navigating the Atlantic as a giant turtle.

Posted Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

When we have learned of the sensory abilities of marine creatures such as the superb world traveller, the leatherback, perhaps then we will be able to both use new linked technology and understand the oceans better.

Navigating the Atlantic as a giant turtle.

Photography competition (Atkins CIWEM) for all

Photography competition (Atkins CIWEM) for all

Posted Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Lots of animals, their habitats and people were harmed before the production of these photographs. Without these records, we might imagine we were conquering our problems of pollution, climate change and habitat destruction. Not so.

Photography competition (Atkins CIWEM) for all

Mature forest needed to protect species from climate change

Mature forest needed to protect species from climate change

Posted Sun, 08 Mar 2015 12:52:00 GMT by JW Dowey

La Niña and may be major headaches, but their use here in defining how species find mature tropical rainforest useful is major. The manakins have been seen here to use the great forest canopy, its moist conditions and its food supplies as a perfect refuge from El Niño’s droughts, over many years. If only the human race could find somewhere to shelter from those stormy blasts we can now expect.

Mature forest needed to protect species from climate change

Report on a better Aral Sea

Report on a better Aral Sea

Posted Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:17:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

The literal solution needed within the Aral Sea area is fresh water. While full regeneration is impossible, fish can indeed swim in this current desert and people can breathe dustless air once more, as money floods into projects that truly help, from energy to health and wildlife.

Report on a better Aral Sea

How mantis control their leaps.

How mantis control their leaps.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How popular are these apparently so aggressive and pest-like praying mantids? They are great pest-controllers, have a huge variety of different species, from flower mantis to giant African “tigers of the cabbage patch;” they make marvellous, quite attentive pets and don’t bother your mother because they die after their short adult span. Now we learn something new about a familiar animal. Those leaps they made as nymphs are actually carefully plotted, either to escape from their cannibalistic siblings, or to jump on tiny flies. The wonder of super-mantis never stops.

How mantis control their leaps.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Where in the world can we discover new primates? The answer is only in tropical rainforests, but they will certainly be endangered species, like several of the titis and many, many others. We only have one solution to this tragic loss of life, species, habitat and ecosystems. Stop cutting down the last remnants of these once-great forests. It doesn’t even make commercial sense, as this business is never going to be sustainable. Greed is the motive and its result has always been the same.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

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.

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Tuna Dilemma

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Volunteer with a lot of bottle builds green school

Posted Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:42:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The world's dying oceans

Posted Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:47:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Sushi for pigs

Posted Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:59:26 GMT by JW Dowey

Future Uncertain for Renewable Energy Feed in Tariffs

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:51:00 GMT by Simon Kent

The bad and the ugly? How the public see the risks of coal and nuclear

Posted Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

International Day Against Nuclear Testing

Posted Thu, 29 Aug 2013 04:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Out of Africa: Green Code to ensure the sustainability of buildings

Posted Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:33:00 GMT by John Dean

Conservation mission to save petrels on Henderson Island underway

Posted Tue, 05 Jul 2011 18:38:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Dolphin in deadly race to survive

Posted Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Diet in mammals is complex

Posted Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pacific conservation resurgence

Posted Tue, 06 May 2014 11:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Cancun Climate Conference: Extreme heat events will be the norm

Posted Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:50:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Greenpeace warns thousands still risk contamination from Chernobyl

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:49:00 GMT by Laura Brown

25th April - World Malaria Day

Posted Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:15:26 GMT by Michael Evans

Bacteria transform landfill methane

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:58:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Success seen in African vaccination campaign against meningitis

Posted Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:19:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Aping human ecologies

Posted Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:38:11 GMT by JW Dowey

Funding to help European carbon capture and storage

Posted Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:24:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Snow leopard genetics

Posted Sat, 03 Dec 2011 20:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong