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Central Asian Powerhouse of the Sun

Central Asian Powerhouse of the Sun

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Uzbekistan stands out as a pioneer in developing renewables in Central Asia. Here is the ongoing story, as we look at how all nations try to live up to the promise of Paris’ COP21!

Central Asian Powerhouse of the Sun

Food, Glorious - and Sustainable (for WED!)

Food, Glorious - and Sustainable (for WED!)

Posted Sun, 05 Jun 2016 12:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

While Knorr soups strive hardest among Unilever companies, the rest of us must become aware of sustainable food production. Strangely, one European nation buys the most sustainable agricultural products, but doesn’t seem to realise any taste difference!

Food, Glorious - and Sustainable (for WED!)

Parrots learn  New (Zealand) tricks

Parrots learn New (Zealand) tricks

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Many kaka have been bred in island and mainland island habitats created for them in New Zealand. Here we look at new research on their cognition, using high tech facilities for recording data on individuals and ageing.

Parrots learn New (Zealand) tricks

The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Posted Tue, 24 May 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The fight between industrial need, with Australia’s great 2 exports of coal and iron ore, and possibly the biggest natural wonder we have on Earth has been frantic. The culmination of the argument could come soon as stress grows on all parties concerned.

The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Climate Mitigation from Agriculture is Limited.

Climate Mitigation from Agriculture is Limited.

Posted Tue, 17 May 2016 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Promises, promises. How will we cope with the mitigation measures so far in place?

Climate Mitigation from Agriculture is Limited.

Sea birds secret colony location policy!

Sea birds secret colony location policy!

Posted Mon, 16 May 2016 08:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The worrying distribution of Atlantic puffin, the decrease in other seabird populations as their food supplies disappear, and the need for conservation as global warming bites – they all need studies like this to discover how our wildlife is coping with change.

Sea birds secret colony location policy!

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ideas surrounding the origins of domestic animals have recently been clarified, but the largest domestic, the camel, was an elusive prey, hiding in a small corner of the UAE. The discovery that these few wild ancestors contributed all of the domestic stock is historically and economically fascinating. Consider how useful this one species has been to people (and even explorers) living is the semi-desert and scrub around every African, Asian and other deserts. When supplies and even water were lacking, the camel was there for us!

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Battery <q>Power</q> helps renewable energy independents.

Battery Power helps renewable energy independents.

Posted Wed, 04 May 2016 08:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The use of enormous batteries is changing the scene as renewable energy rapidly grows to take over 15% of UK power production by 2020. Much greater percentages are already in place in Scotland.

Battery Power helps renewable energy independents.

Indonesia acts on palm plantations and pollution

Indonesia acts on palm plantations and pollution

Posted Mon, 02 May 2016 09:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The move to exploit rainforest and peatland with no motive other than profit is finally being stopped. Indonesia has needed to act on mining, forestry and agriculture for decades, and finally the ball is rolling.

Indonesia acts on palm plantations and pollution

Islands and their biodiversity

Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new theory on why we have such biodiverse islands, while some are literally desert has been long in coming, but it’s here.

Islands and their biodiversity

How hot is the earth now?

How hot is the earth now?

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We worry now a lot more than before about the planet’s surface temperatures. Now the Arctic is defrosting and sea levels even affect your seaside holiday, perhaps it is too late. But given the unprecedented talking about carbon limitations and political action, the classic crunch could come next year, when there could be a slight cooling. If not, we can’t blame El Niño, as we do for this year’s record breaking.

How hot is the earth now?

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

We don’t know whether captive breeding or supplementary feeding should be the answer for what has been a successful programme for the bearded vulture or lammergeier. The answer is in this paper which tries to establish exactly how the future should be for this unique species, in both Europe and Central Asia.

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Crow about the success of bird brains.

Crow about the success of bird brains.

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can we design experiments to test just how bright animals can be in relation to their own environment and even our own when we consider species that have associated with us and our strange contraptions throughout our short history of technology. The results of investigations tell us something much more than just how cognitive some species are compared to others. This great yet simple work tells us how the ecosystem works in real time.

Crow about the success of bird brains.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pine trees and insects have been together in their habitats for such a long time. However, their relationship is deepened by new research that show how an ancient swap has survived where other intriguing DNA changes have been lost. This story could run – for millions of years.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Animals react to fire in varying ways. Here, the sensible approach is used by the monotreme mammal, indicating one possible way in which we all survived total wipeout!!!

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We have mentioned the state of the great river frequently, but the Mekong generally becomes more dammed and less likely to provide for its people and wildlife. However, good news cannot be ignored in this case and it is really cheering to hear of 3 calves born during this dry season in the freshwater stretches of the river. There is hope that the other populations, in Bangladesh and Myanmar, for example, are also being protected as well as this.

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Great potential for reverse photosynthesis!

Great potential for reverse photosynthesis!

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When can he climate changers and the global de-warmers finally have their way and be able to replace the whole carbon footprints of nations? Well, there is hope in some of the latest renewable investments and this example of pure science that will soon be transferred to a new set of technologies.

Great potential for reverse photosynthesis!

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

What stories are appearing from the genomes of various creatures that can be mixed up with our histories. Even the wild red deer contribute magnificently in this story!

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

History laid bare by genetics.

History laid bare by genetics.

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2016 11:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

There is only one animal that has occupied every habitat on land, using simple technologies that have been beyond other species. Here is the first sign of an almost complete history of how the continents were conquered. Unfortunately, it was not only the plants and animals that were dominated, but the ethnic cleansing of other humans that is portrayed in vivid DNA memories.

History laid bare by genetics.

The earliest permafrost pets.

The earliest permafrost pets.

Posted Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We know we had dogs before flock and herd needed protection from them. Can we now find out how the dog looked when it was simply a hunting companion?

The earliest permafrost pets.

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8,000 years of man made environmental impact

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:00:01 GMT by Louise Murray

Thankfully, elephants are scared of bees

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:20:00 GMT by James Mathews

Madagascar about the girls

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:06:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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Less carbon reduction and more pollution = global warming

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$6.7 billion of medical spend wasted in one year says study

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:22:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The wolf at the door and the sandpiper that migrates: Animals in their niches

Posted Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Australian outback dingoed or natural ecosystem?

Posted Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:16:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

COP 17/ CMP 7: Day 1, Durban

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:49:14 GMT by Michelle Simon

Nelson Mandela International Day 2012

Posted Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

UK education organisation reduced CO2 footprint using ICT

Posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 10:22:06 GMT by Simon Kent

From rabbiting to killer shrimps: IAS (Part II) in detail

Posted Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:13:48 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mammals as they used to be.

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

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Posted Sat, 06 Nov 2010 12:25:09 GMT by Julian Jackson

Carpooling on the decline as solo driver numbers rise

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:40:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A wakeup call for the Pacific Northwest

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:00:02 GMT by Michael Evans