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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.

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

Posted Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

And why can baby elephants be taken across the world to China when almost every other species in danger is protected by international laws? Some anomalies still exist in conservation, perhaps explainable by the human rights issues that remain in more countries than we care to count.

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

High-energy desert sun and water/wind power from mountains!

High-energy desert sun and water/wind power from mountains!

Posted Sun, 08 Feb 2015 17:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How will energy be made available in Central Asia in the future? The former Soviet nations have built on their resources and discarded some past mistakes to plan solid and sensible renewable resources instead of continuing with the global warming and water-wasting industries that have helped destroy their Aral Sea.

High-energy desert sun and water/wind power from mountains!

Mosquitoes have the best malaria strategy!

Mosquitoes have the best malaria strategy!

Posted Sun, 08 Feb 2015 11:10:35 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We hate the irritation and the mess of blood parasites that attack us in the form of leeches and mosquitoes. The trouble is the leech does not infect us while the mosquito is simply the agent for the malaria parasite and many others, which it tries to resist with very useful immune responses.

Mosquitoes have the best malaria strategy!

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

Posted Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:20:35 GMT by JW Dowey

The hopes for Kathmandu must be high in Asia, and elsewhere. Can the overwhelming demand in China for illegal, unhealthy and morbid bits of animals be slowed down? Money certainly has not brought pleasure to China in the case of these people. The poachers too must be punished and faced with ultimate force if they are not to make these iconic species extinct. Nepal can produce this effect, so perhaps military efficiency is the answer to the violence and money of the traffickers.

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

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