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Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Posted Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The joy of mutualism is in forever finding new connections although in this case, we should have listened to the seers at least as long ago as 1653. Many crows and their relatives hoard food n activity known as scatter-hoarding. Even the giant of the family, the raven, has been recorded as encouraging the limited tree growth in isolated patches of almost-Arctic Shetland. No wonder the Norse regarded the species as among the gods.

Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Hey, Drain Buster - try your skill at waste disposal.

Hey, Drain Buster - try your skill at waste disposal.

Posted Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More important than food, if you are not starving; more important than children, if you are currently without; the sustainability of civilisation from the ancients to the International Space Station, is connected to waste and recycling, whether it is water or solid obstructions. Here is a compendium of current problems caused by yours truly in his or her own home.

Hey, Drain Buster - try your skill at waste disposal.

Lake disappears as Bolivia dries up.

Lake disappears as Bolivia dries up.

Posted Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:08:19 GMT by JW Dowey

The world's water problems do not simply include the Aral Sea and this Bolivian lake. Whole states and nations are suffering from droughts that go unnoticed internationally. If we can alleviate the suffering of people and renovate some of the environmental conditions, then these neglected regions could achieve some of their former glory. In this case, ancient civilisations thrived in these high, inhospitable mountains, while we fail to maintain even a potable supply of water.

Lake disappears as Bolivia dries up.

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits - nohare to be seen.

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits - nohare to be seen.

Posted Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The distribution of animals and plants can be absolutely fascinating. While fossils may not interest everybody, the mammals that occupy our earth currently give us a wealth of information. This concerns climate and geological change, as their ancestors, and those who didn’t make it, show us the details of the climate changes that concern us very deeply at this moment in time.

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits - nohare to be seen.

Climate warriors, renewables champions, carbon absorbers or not?

Climate warriors, renewables champions, carbon absorbers or not?

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

As Paris sinks in and April promises yet further promises, how are the pollution and carbon footprints decreasing over some of the major players in world climate change?

Climate warriors, renewables champions, carbon absorbers or not?

Crops for Every Corn - or Sauerkraut!

Crops for Every Corn - or Sauerkraut!

Posted Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whether we eat vegetables or meat, tofu or McDonalds, the basis of human and animal ingestion is the producers. These are the plants that are eaten by us all, in all their incredible varieties, providing food and drink to every living thing on the planet. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to safeguard all the variety for our future needs. You bet your fat bottom! Now Norway and Germany are leading the way, along with 137 other nations to conserve what we have, in case we haven’t much left in 2017.

Crops for Every Corn - or Sauerkraut!

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Posted Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Most recent among a mass of work appearing on dolphin and whale society alongside the equivalent in birds and primates, among many others, the language of sperm whales could well be translated soon as a fascinating set of clan chats.

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Posted Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whatever you think of deadbeat species or lost causes, the kakapo certainly isn’t one of them. This year may see an upturn in their fortunes finally after years of dedicated effort on New Zealand’s islands in the cold, unfruitful and uninspiring situations we have placed this bird in.

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Stealth predator avoids predation by chemical crypsis.

Stealth predator avoids predation by chemical crypsis.

Posted Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:36:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

You wouldn’t want to meet up with the common puff adder. This African species is not only visually camouflaged but your dog (or even a mongoose) would find it more or less invisible too.

Stealth predator avoids predation by chemical crypsis.

Rivers of despair, polluted from Basel to Shanghai and Melbourne

Rivers of despair, polluted from Basel to Shanghai and Melbourne

Posted Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

We rarely see political releases of information about pollution in most countries. Here is Australia becoming more transparent about chemicals and in particular herbicides. Now we need such honesty from dam builders, light polluters and, of course, the major climate changers.

Rivers of despair, polluted from Basel to Shanghai and Melbourne

Rare cats can be counted

Rare cats can be counted

Posted Sat, 02 Jan 2016 10:41:08 GMT by Dave Armstrong

If a beast can barely be found, is it extinct, rare or just shy!. This is increasingly a great challenge for biologists who have to conserve habitat, yet somehow discover what lives in it. The niches available in any given environment offer surprising opportunities on occasions, but there is an even larger problem of rapidly decreasing (other) species, and fragmentation of habitat.

Rare cats can be counted

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Posted Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cats, dogs, tigers and sharks, turtles, butterflies and beetles: take your pick. The danger is in every species we know becoming more and more uncommon. Habitat loss varies from wetland draining, damming and forest clearance to marine pollution, ice loss and mountain tourism. The IUCN at least keep us up-to-date on many animals and plants. Beware- you could be losing one of your local favourite species, and you never knew!

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Latest Genetic Links with Medicine.

Latest Genetic Links with Medicine.

Posted Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Here is an even larger survey of recent medical advances than our last attempt in 2012 ! The possibilities are certainly life-enhancing for all of us. The threats still involve large numbers of deaths from malaria and the almost total resistance to antibiotics in some places. Against such threats, doctor and the medics seems to be progressing well. The prognosis is good health!

Latest Genetic Links with Medicine.

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Posted Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:30:18 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can Paris and its future effects have anything to do with our endangered large birds and mammals? The answer is in a clever paper today that explains why we are losing even more of our forests than we thought. Preserve our fauna, our flora, their habitats and the niches they conserve and we will see more trees and animals that these ecosystems desperately need.

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Wrap up this Christmas?

Wrap up this Christmas?

Posted Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The aim of Christmas is to give, rather than encourage any religious sentiment for the vast majority of people. To take from the environment now seems likely if the most attractive and shiny Xmas wraps are used on presents. If you can scrunch your paper and it doesn’t spring back at you, then that paper can be recycled, as we hope most of it will be. If not --- read on and give liberally-to the environment.

Wrap up this Christmas?

Corals need more spawning, not more light.

Corals need more spawning, not more light.

Posted Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:33:36 GMT by Paul Robinson

What a mess the oceans are becoming. Climate change and surface temperatures currently occupy our thoughts, alongside the acidification so drastically affecting reefs and molluscs. Light pollution on beaches has misled turtle egg-laying habits and now is proved to prevent corals from spawning in this paper. When we finally reduce carbon footprints, it is likely the sea can breathe easier, but human ecologies must soon recover their ethics as far as all of these neglected species are concerned.

Corals need more spawning, not more light.

 Is El Niño the <q>elephant in Paris</q> or will it change the mindset there?

Is El Niño the elephant in Paris or will it change the mindset there?

Posted Thu, 10 Dec 2015 19:57:00 GMT by JW.Dowey

Paris is becoming tense as every (sensible) nation negotiates how best to beat pollution and help those affected by global warming and its associated climate change One very large event in the Pacific is about to help us decide what is necessary in the most unpleasant way possible. Perhaps Paris will propel us to a united purpose--- or to ultimate pessimism?

Is El Niño the elephant in Paris or will it change the mindset there?

Army ants engineer living bridges!

Army ants engineer living bridges!

Posted Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:26:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ant reaches its peak of organisation in the feared army ant. These Panamanians, like several other species, dominate their tropical forests like a top predator, but there are millions of them, impossible to kill.

Army ants engineer living bridges!

The Great Green wall Grows and Grows (in Paris too)

The Great Green wall Grows and Grows (in Paris too)

Posted Mon, 07 Dec 2015 09:44:32 GMT by JW.Dowey

What’s up this week in the Paris Climate Change Conference? We heard less than we wanted last week, but when we’ve got down to the nitty-gritty, there’s some hope for great improvement. Here’s one example from both Africa and the Americas. Although afforestation is hardly a headline these days, desertification certainly is and we want to be sure the Great Green Wall across Africa is working. There is certainly money flooding in and trees being planted, but let’s see more photographs and people actually on the ground there!

The Great Green wall Grows and Grows (in Paris too)

On being the right size

On being the right size

Posted Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:46:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rarely do we see animal biology impinging on our separate human existence. As medicine has incorporated more veterinary and other work. However, it should come as no surprise that our very intimate knowledge of life and death should be invaded by knowledge achieved from the study of a small bird. Now we know why our body size is of great importance in determining life span.

On being the right size

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