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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.

Scenes of Reason:climate change and video information

Scenes of Reason:climate change and video information

Posted Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:55:48 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When they speak about environmental issues on news programmes, you rarely get such direct information as these youngsters provide here.

Scenes of Reason:climate change and video information

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

Posted Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:54:49 GMT by Paul Robinson

Darwin would have called us armchair conservationists, but this is even worse. While he was an armchair theorist (compared to Wallace), we may begin to spend our time and money trying to correct past extinctions. Tinkering is unlikely to be an answer to the continuing loss of biodiversity from every single habitat on land and water. Conservation of what we have is going to be much more difficult than some fairly basic genetic engineering.

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

How do we face up to ice loss?

How do we face up to ice loss?

Posted Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:31:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate change is about to become the issue that many accept as even more important than wars and finances. We are being physically forced into action, despite the fact that almost nobody lives around the Barents Sea or even the Bering Strait.

How do we face up to ice loss?

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:11:06 GMT by JW Dowey

SUMMARY: When you look up your surname, the list of ancestors may include many Vikings and Saxons, but the base-metal of many Europeans is the Celt, feared by Rome and remembered for fantastic art and beautiful literature. Check your association with UK or Spanish blood now. You may well be surprised how ancient your ancestors are, according to the locality your more recent forebears inhabited.

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

Posted Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When threatened species face both competition and hybridisation from a relative, the best techniques for assessment are needed. The giant salamanders stand apart as unique endemics in NE Asia, but now the Chinese species has begun invading the rivers in which the other member of its genus lives. This could be curtains for Andrias japonicus if the IAS manages to gain a foothold and interbreed.

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

A Song for Earth Hour: James King

A Song for Earth Hour: James King

Posted Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:14:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

We rarely enter the world of music, unless it’s about whale song, but here is a topical thought on the forthcoming Earth Hour (March 28th.) James King sings a thoroughly sustainable song with a matching video for you. Enjoy the sounds and the sights.

A Song for Earth Hour: James King

Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

Posted Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:20:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Do you choose the gorillas and the rest of the unbelievable wildlife in this most magnificent of African National Parks, or the petrol in your car? I know which alternative to chuck out of the forest, never to see the light of day again.

Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

China comes clean (legally at least.)

China comes clean (legally at least.)

Posted Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

With respect for China in many countries becoming more important, the new legislative powers being used there seem to be having some effect. Prosecutions for the well-known and disastrous pollution of air and water in cities and countryside, will certainly stem the political and social consequences of some of the hazards in the nation.

China comes clean (legally at least.)

Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

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

How to help the several hundred thousand people of Vanuata and its neighbours as this terrible storm dies down from category 5 to 4? Donations, I’m sure will be accepted worldwide for this terrible taste of future storms, while money is probably the last thing on the minds of many residents and observers.

Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

Spider bites and necrosis!

Spider bites and necrosis!

Posted Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Many considerations should determine how we approach health issues, pests and even bites we think we have. The effects of unfamiliar bites especially may be made more obvious by this interesting study of biological control. The control is there, but it’s in the spiders hands!

Spider bites and necrosis!

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Songs of Petroleum - the Autobiography of Jan Lundberg, Ecology Activist

Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 15:52:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

The world is getting windier

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:27:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Don't take arid forests for granted says UN

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:40:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Listening to the pulse of the natural world

Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Old Hubble images reveal new planets' orbits

Posted Fri, 07 Oct 2011 01:09:01 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Exercise and caffeine 'prevent skin cancer'

Posted Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Survey of deep-diving beaked whales helps assess sonar risk

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A fly in your ear!

Posted Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:32:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The International Day for Biological Diversity - 22nd May 2012

Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Hedgehogs, gardens and general conservation in the urban environment

Posted Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Vaccines for badgers (against bTB)

Posted Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:39:42 GMT by JW Dowey

Bacteria tests offer green fuel hope

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:01:00 GMT by John Dean

International community to fight toothfish pirates

Posted Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:58:04 GMT by Lucy Brake

The jumper, the weaver and the spitting spider

Posted Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:27:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cancun Climate Conference: Extreme heat events will be the norm

Posted Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:50:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Native plants pushed out by introduced species as cities grow

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:19:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Asian Species in Crisis

Posted Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:31:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rhino poaching crisis in Africa 'worst in decades'

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:03:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Our Rivers campaign launches survey to identify best UK rivers for wildlife

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:33:01 GMT by John Dean

Less carbon reduction and more pollution = global warming

Posted Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:54:40 GMT by Dave Armstrong