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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.

Sperm speed gene improves reproduction

Sperm speed gene improves reproduction

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:43:26 GMT by Paul Robinson

Could humans benefit from a gene that speeds up the sperm as it swims? In a deer mouse, it works wonders for up to 14 litters per year and 9 offspring per litter! You do the math.

Sperm speed gene improves reproduction

Going to the dogs in Sardinia.

Going to the dogs in Sardinia.

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:05:31 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We will soon have many unexpected insights into human and other species’ problems such as disease or simply anthropology. The chemicals that control our every movement and thought are inherited. Now even the dogs we breed can be recruited to help understand and back-up documentation of how inter-related we all are. Cancer and other disease problems are certainly being answered with this kind of research. Next we could see even more advances in research using information gleaned from other species.

Going to the dogs in Sardinia.

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Will the Pacific see conservation happening as it had to do in the Atlantic? The case of the tuna species there, in past present and future scenarios, leaves us wondering which attitudes reign in Korea, Japan, the USA and Mexico.

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

The great migration of the painted lady.

The great migration of the painted lady.

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:35:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Do the same individuals persevere across continents and deserts to achieve a yearly miracle migration? Its seems some do make it for 4000km, but they mainly rely on several generations forging north or south to reach suitable breeding habitat.

The great migration of the painted lady.

Common dolphins adapt to bay life.

Common dolphins adapt to bay life.

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dolphin worlds are no longer circus-like recreation for humans, but one oceanic species has found it possible to settle down in a relatively restricted habitat. Here is the story of their novel world, with I’m sure, more evolutionary possibilities to come.

Common dolphins adapt to bay life.

Murder mystery involves a 5000-year-old personality

Murder mystery involves a 5000-year-old personality

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

You are either obsessed with ancient times, as Europe became populated and China achieved the first imperial power - or you are bored stiff with it. Well here is one stiff who could manage to become the first immortal – if technology can finally pin the death on something apart from the freezing cold and loss of blood.

Murder mystery involves a 5000-year-old personality

Marine predators forage hotspots at oceanic fronts.

Marine predators forage hotspots at oceanic fronts.

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The mechanisms of shelf-sea fronts are poorly understood. As a front passes, how do plankton and their consumers contribute to the ecology of sea and land nearby? Many species of predator specialise in visiting these fronts, whether transient or fixed, and using the warmer temperatures, the varying productivity and the food supply that gannets find a valuable diet during the breeding season.

Marine predators forage hotspots at oceanic fronts.

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Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:48:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Romanian reptiles rule their ''hotspots''

Posted Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:08:04 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rivals team up on solar cell project

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Hottest hit hardest - Africa's maize vulnerable to warming climate

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The siren call of the vine - how plants lure bats in for supper

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Dolphins evolving into groups separated by ocean conditions

Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:06:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:04:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Unprecedented sea-level rise over 20th century pins down future of rising oceans

Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:02:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

An Ichthyosaur and other Tales

Posted Thu, 05 Jan 2012 08:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Antarctic penguin loss reported to be severe.

Posted Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:20:26 GMT by Paul Robinson

Throw an Eco-Friendly Party

Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:05:01 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

The role of marine plankton in sequestration of carbon

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:07:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Time to tax plastic carrier bags?

Posted Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:57:00 GMT by Laura Brown