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Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We rarely come across research that leads to true connections with human evolution in other animals, but menopause is an almost unique event that has deep meaning for survival. With these whales, we have a link to one of our own particular characteristics that can only be investigated in these species. Who knows what information we may find among orca ecotypes and even other unique species.

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

One positive change, but emissions give centuries of rising sea-levels

One positive change, but emissions give centuries of rising sea-levels

Posted Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:55:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

When the politics of greenhouse gases finally unravel, it won’t be our children who come to conclusions about it. It will be more distant descendants who acclaim our restriction of CFCs, but what can they say about the current mess? We need climate champions, and they are rare in some politics. Let’s hope they can read (the writing on the wall) at least! Here it is, using a new EMIC simulation that provides accuracy, evidence and good conclusions.

One positive change, but emissions give centuries of rising sea-levels

Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:36:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whether we want to find rare populations of crickets, bats or whales, acoustic signs are worth recording. Instead of sometimes-impossible genetic ID, call signs give often-deeper analysis of how populations differ in so-called cultures. In the case of this blue whale study, new discoveries are inevitable as the long-lived, long-generation and simply just “long” animal recovers from hunting that could easily have occurred within their lifetime!

Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice!

Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice!

Posted Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

When the likes of Cota Doñana are threatened, then all of these precious sites for conservation, from the Great Barrier Reef to all the rainforests worldwide need to be checked. Who is destroying these last places for endangered wildlife on earth? Tourism and care for our personal environment needs assessment for future sustainability.

Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice!

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How can we stop the powers-that-be jumping in the deep end? Action is already taken to restrict or warn of deep-sea “mining” of metals. Will this stop governments or corporations rushing in to make a quick profit?

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Crow wing shape and its association with species distribution.

Crow wing shape and its association with species distribution.

Posted Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

It's a great group of animals to study when you have hundreds of different species in almost every habitat on earth. Here is a largely successful attempt to associate the crow wing shape with species dispersals and any consequent speciations.

Crow wing shape and its association with species distribution.

Elephants help National Park, rare tigers, rhinos and the rest!

Elephants help National Park, rare tigers, rhinos and the rest!

Posted Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The prevention of poaching and cooperation with local residents is becoming more and more critical to conservation. International politics maybe the most advertised conservation issue, but it’s the grass roots that can determine survival- or not. The poaching of animals for indescribable uses is repugnant to all of us, when we can be made to think about it. Now is the time to stop destroying the small parts of ecosystems that remain on earth and realise just how greedily international corporations still operate

Elephants help National Park, rare tigers, rhinos and the rest!

The Polar Bear Future-what can we conserve?

The Polar Bear Future-what can we conserve?

Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Quantification of the iconic polar bears’ fate is important as the ice melts ever more readily. Here is the real story we can expect as we struggle to conserve all the species we can, while the world warms inexorably.

The Polar Bear Future-what can we conserve?

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

One great devil ray species (Mobula mobular) was doing well in the Mediterranean Sea last year, but it is still classed as endangered, whether in Gaza or migrating to the Tuscan Sea. As it isn’t a food item, this probably saves it from the fate of its smaller relatives. They are disappearing fast, and there has been little effort at conservation.

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When we lose so many animals and plants from South America, often as soon as they are discovered as new species. It is consoling to discover such an animal that seems to be looking after itself, in secondary forest, and with hopes of recovery from population loss. Of course, some smart new conservation effort may be required in the form of forest regeneration and afforestation ----- !

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

Posted Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cancer, the edible crab, can equal the coconut crab in the force applied by its claw, but the use to which Birgus latro puts its magnificent weapon goes way beyond the opening up of coconuts.

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Do the sexes interact when battle is carried out in vervet monkeys and does this have any relevance to human warfare?

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Carbon emissions down, but carbon dioxide levels still rampant!

Carbon emissions down, but carbon dioxide levels still rampant!

Posted Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We have been unable to speak on the body politic for months. The situation is like a freeze on global warming (as well as wildlife conservation, and the rest!) However, here is the current situation, thanks to one group of scientists. Maybe this will be simply history soon, but we certainly hope the present situation is resolved, and very soon. Winter is coming, but it’s getting hot.

Carbon emissions down, but carbon dioxide levels still rampant!

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The crow family, the apes and dolphins show us what they can understand, but who can beat this bird?

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

How forest ecosystems work in NW Europe and the Yukon

How forest ecosystems work in NW Europe and the Yukon

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:38:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The climate of the Arctic is changing more rapidly than most other regions, but just south of there is the treeline and then the greatest forests left on earth. How will they and their inhabitants change as the warming continues over the next century or so, and are we able to help?

How forest ecosystems work in NW Europe and the Yukon

Sailfish hunt, but is cooperation evolving?

Sailfish hunt, but is cooperation evolving?

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The sailfish is a magnificent specimen, but not for any static display. It deserves to be given its niche in the open ocean, at the highest speeds of 70mph (110kph), perfecting their hunting of tuna, mackerel. sardine and squid. The fish grows rapidly, lives only around 4 years and inhabits warm waters and as we see here, hunts with that great, vicious bill, by damaging as many prey as it catches!

Sailfish hunt, but is cooperation evolving?

Giant Antarctic marine reserve: international compromise or sham?

Giant Antarctic marine reserve: international compromise or sham?

Posted Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Will the Russians maintain or increase their fisheries near and in the protected Ross Sea? Other nations are also fishing there, and few vessels will report any infringement of the agreed protections in a simply enormous area of uninhabited Antarctica and its surrounding islands. This is just one political aspect of this new cooperation. It’s the conservation that matters, but tell that to the sea-angels!

Giant Antarctic marine reserve: international compromise or sham?

Carnivores good for hunters or farmers or just plain dangerous?

Carnivores good for hunters or farmers or just plain dangerous?

Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:56:23 GMT by JW Dowey

Just what impact can we expect as large carnivores are returning to old haunts, despite a modern-day increase in the human populations of Europe and North America (maybe even in South America, Africa and Asia?) Would you vote for more ecosystem management like this?

Carnivores good for hunters or farmers or just plain dangerous?

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The lack of light reaching the animals in the deep sea is mirrored in a total lack of transparency in the Marine Stewardship Council, today in London. Read on to look at the implications for one large fish species as well as our sensitive bottoms!

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Whale cultures rule in Galápagos.

Whale cultures rule in Galápagos.

Posted Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

A revolution took place in the Pacific over a 30-year period. Between the 1980s and 2014, new groups of sperm whales replaced the thousands who had normally occupied the Galápagos Islands area. Who was who and where did they emigrate or immigrate? The answers are here.

Whale cultures rule in Galápagos.

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The World Waits, Wonders and Warms.

Posted Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Invasive coconut-smelling ants reach Hawaii

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 19:44:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

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

World Ocean Summit Report 2014

Posted Tue, 04 Mar 2014 07:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Human Rights Day ~ 10th December

Posted Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:56:52 GMT by Michael Evans

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Posted Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Looking for the climate's future in the distant past

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:06:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Greening of the Arctic as trees march north

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 12:10:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Asian tiger numbers could triple

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:07:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Food Security - the new catchphrase

Posted Wed, 08 Aug 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

World Rhino Day 2011 coming - get ready to blow your horns for rhinos!

Posted Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:20:33 GMT by Martin Leggett

Cracking the energy saving code

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:56:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Climate warriors, renewables champions, carbon absorbers or not?

Posted Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

A worrying rate of ozone depletion is found above the Arctic

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:03:46 GMT by Nikki Bruce

Philippine eagle helped by Whitley Award

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

New biogas plant opens in Belgium

Posted Wed, 05 Sep 2012 05:58:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Asian tiger numbers could triple

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:07:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Concentrate on ''reefs of hope'' says conservation charity

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Posted Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:46:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Massive ocean studies raise grim possibilities for European climate

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:02:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts