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Global warming figures are becoming even worse

Global warming figures are becoming even worse

Posted Fri, 08 May 2015 13:40:09 GMT by Paul Robinson

What are we going to do about energy production, while the Paris Summit on carbon emissions looms in December? While we twiddle our thumbs, global warming is worsening at a faster and faster pace. Each individual on earth needs to act like his personal government and environmental agent, to gain a fuller appreciation of how technology and 'new' thinking can prevent such vast amounts of emissions. Many solutions are being found, but they have to appear this year. Otherwise, the winter in Paris could be uncomfortable in so many different ways.

Global warming figures are becoming even worse

Rainforest fragments and species that need them!

Rainforest fragments and species that need them!

Posted Mon, 04 May 2015 11:09:54 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The future is talked about, the climate is changing, but when will we finally stop the rot. Forests are essential but from Japanese furniture to cardboard and toilet paper, they are still being used illogically and incomprehensibly by people who all know better. The time has come to prevent the disappearance of these trees and all the animals that live in, on and around them. This is a desperate time for us and all the other species around forests.

Rainforest fragments and species that need them!

Philippine eagle helped by Whitley Award

Philippine eagle helped by Whitley Award

Posted Fri, 01 May 2015 08:42:42 GMT by JW Dowey

Conservation is not only about the big animals. The plants, their consumers and the rest of an ecosystem may not catch headlines, but involving them and indigenous populations is crucial to our last ditch efforts to keep these organisms alive in their habitat.

Philippine eagle helped by Whitley Award

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great  Importance.

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance.

Posted Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:39:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Great research requires a similar amount of attention, as we concentrate on climate change and global warming. One of our most significant assets is the Amazonian forests that absorb more of our carbon dioxide than any other sink. Here is a possible link to the answers we need to preserve this vitally-important function and our own world as we know it.

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance.

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Posted Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:14:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

While plastic and chemicals destroys turtles at sea, the nesting sites are receiving much more care now to ensure the rarest species can still slowly reproduce. There are officially none more cared-for than Jumby Bay on an island off Antigua. The private island situation helps, but any extra aid has to count with all critically endangered species that we so often have to save from extinction.

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Best office in the world, or just the greenest?

Best office in the world, or just the greenest?

Posted Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:21:29 GMT by JW Dowey

When they look back at us, will they laugh, or just point at achievements that led to a future of eco-living, wildlife management that works and fossils that belong only in museums.

Best office in the world, or just the greenest?

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

Posted Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:29:11 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Neonicotinoids have devastated the bee populations on all continents, but one way to fight this insidious neuronal and behavioural attack on our major pollinators is to investigate their most intimate genetic secrets and help them by understanding how they survive their natural threats. We could have made things much worse for animals, but we can also understand better now how to help them in so many ways. Those fruit orchards are going to be very empty if we don’t.

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

Posted Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:20:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Which one will bite you? The parent of Romulus and Remus or that next-door mut that is always chained up?

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

Hybrid  energy: bacteria+solar harvesting!

Hybrid energy: bacteria+solar harvesting!

Posted Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:14:16 GMT by Paul Robinson

How soon will real solar harvesting take place on a truly large scale, that will make our use of fossil fuels truly obsolete? That question still needs a really astute answer, but the time is rapidly approaching, even if this new hybrid photosynthesis fails to deliver quickly enough.

Hybrid energy: bacteria+solar harvesting!

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Posted Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:22:41 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The need to get pure bred animals back into the wild as well as create a genetic diversity from all available stock is emphasised in this exercise. Swedish crocs are being sent to their Cuban origins to help increase both survival and genetic stock.

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

Posted Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:56:28 GMT by JW Dowey

The most intriguing species are often those that have adopted unusual shape and size as means to their special species’ needs. Stag beetles now appear to stand out as one of the most remarkable and numerous speciations from a basic model of battling males. Some species survive because flight is used as an alternative to walking – those mandibular horns are so heavy!

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

Water on Earth is becoming rare.

Water on Earth is becoming rare.

Posted Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:17:31 GMT by JW Dowey

The consideration of all factors in your environment is a policy that escapes most politicians, many scientists and even you. Water is inescapable, becoming more scarce and highly useful for normal life. Just ask a Martian. When we look back on the 21st century, and not the 20th as we do here, it is certain that water will be seen as one of the most critical losses from our societies, from the African deserts, to the American groundwater crises; from Manila’s complex water privatisation to simple pollution by nuclear, chemical and fuelling industries.

Water on Earth is becoming rare.

Gibbon families grow larger with bi-female groups.

Gibbon families grow larger with bi-female groups.

Posted Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:06:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How do gibbons maintain their small family groups? Could they have slightly larger family groups and would this work in similar ways to those found in other primates? Fascinating questions especially given the threatened species of gibbon and the rapidly disappearing habitat of those magnificent forest canopies, 100m or more than 300 feet above the ground.

Gibbon families grow larger with bi-female groups.

Smart, energetic glass could take over

Smart, energetic glass could take over

Posted Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:56:57 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Google Glass could be a flash in the pan, bullet-proof glass is so passé. In the future we could all be invisibly surrounded by energy-harvesting, smart windows, powering our electronic devices and maintaining the indoor environment in the most efficient manner.

Smart, energetic glass could take over

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

Posted Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:36:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How to prevent the tragic loss of life among Australia’s native fauna? The process of rapid extinctions over the past few centuries show little sign of declining without powerful efforts from the population, government and action groups. Leadbetter’s possum sets the target for preserving the habitat for a very rare, almost invisible animal, terribly threatened but worth conserving as an example for many others.

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

The owl and the butterfly - and mimicry

The owl and the butterfly - and mimicry

Posted Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Mimicry is a true natural wonder, while many of us have looked at butterflies and wondered if their mimicry really works. We are not the predator, so we cannot envisage the exact moment of attack, when lives are lost or beaks are mistakenly directed at the wrong part of the prey. Any chance of escape is a lifeline!

The owl and the butterfly - and mimicry

Rise of Renewables: a first for Solar Power in Central Asia

Rise of Renewables: a first for Solar Power in Central Asia

Posted Fri, 03 Apr 2015 19:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The race for solar power is on as fossil fuel investments are divested and renewable technologies increase their percentages of many nation’s electricity production. The first major solar power project in every country is a real measure of progress. Uzbekistan stands out as having enormous amounts of solar potentials but with a current 89% usage of fossil fuels. To turn the tables on this energy budget would be a truly great achievement.

Rise of Renewables: a first for Solar Power in Central Asia

April Fools, with the naughty bits explained!

April Fools, with the naughty bits explained!

Posted Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:48:52 GMT by JW Dowey

Have you ever wondered if pineapples grow on trees? Well, apparently, spaghetti does, with the emphasis on "apparently."

April Fools, with the naughty bits explained!

Public participation and environmental monitoring compared

Public participation and environmental monitoring compared

Posted Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:31:02 GMT by Paul Robinson

There is little we can do to stop large corporations and various forms of government from riding roughshod over our communities' best interests. Or is there?!

Public participation and environmental monitoring compared

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.

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