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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.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Let me count the ways. How much do we really love the forest? Do we still have that need to go out there and do the wilderness like a latter-day John Muir. The topical attitude may have to change, whether you are young or old, if the only forest is too young. Without attendant animal and plants, the whole show looks very bare and won’t work anyway! Here in Poland, the last big woodland habitat in Europe may be about to be exploited in a 19th century fit of unilateral decision-making.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Sustaining us to the Summit!

Sustaining us to the Summit!

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

It is urgent that we properly approach the global warming problems worldwide. To invest sensibly in low-carbon industry, using the power of our pensions and observe how efficiently government can or cannot carry out the necessary climate change reversals is critical. Meetings such as this Economist-inspired Summit need to propagate concern and action, but are we still just talking instead of doing?

Sustaining us to the Summit!

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Why should we put up with crime syndicates who blatantly remove even well-known wildlife from their habitat, with rarity almost the profit motive. With less-known animals and plants, one of our major weapons, tho’ I can think of others, is awareness that if these nations sell anything to us, we must all stop all possible trade. That is the only way forward. The alternative is to accept a return to the purest of ancient trade beliefs: profit before everything!

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

 New Colombian forest frogs found.

New Colombian forest frogs found.

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can we replace the beautiful Panamanian golden frog. Well, we can breed them in zoos or laboratories. Or go out and find a new golden species to conserve. Take your pick.

New Colombian forest frogs found.

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:35:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

We need to know how predators such as sharks and the ocean giants, the whales, can influence our ecosystems. Here, numbers count!

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Sustainability: adapt or die summit.

Sustainability: adapt or die summit.

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Adapt or die. The Economist’s title for the London Summit summarises the organism’s response to its environment. We are an organism, despite beliefs to the contrary. We do adapt, and need to change much more, with the adoption of sustainable industries, better resource management and even life styles.

Sustainability: adapt or die summit.

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

When can cod and tuna finally be left to produce a viable population? Without science, it is highly improbable we would have any left. In the Pacific, the situation is that less industrial fishing leaves locals to decide just how they like their fish and chips.

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

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U.S. says no deal to BP resuming oil drilling

Posted Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:51:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

US seeks to implement lessons learned from Fukushima quickly

Posted Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:27:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Scientists find evidence for healing properties of tansy

Posted Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:02:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Kemp's Ridley turtles saved by science?

Posted Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:27:56 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Earth Day 2012 - Google directs people to get on their bikes

Posted Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:09:29 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Wolfing it in Oregon

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:41:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Green motor sport becomes a reality

Posted Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:15:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

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

Central Asian ecology

Posted Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:23:21 GMT by Paul Robinson

Africa urged to come together to protect migratory birds

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:20:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Film Review: The Clean Bin Project

Posted Tue, 24 May 2011 11:34:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Weather at Home - use your computer to model climate change

Posted Wed, 17 Nov 2010 17:08:05 GMT by Julian Jackson

Food harvests dragged lower by global warming

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 18:11:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Cheating, Game theory and Transvestite Mourning Cuttlefish

Posted Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:34:10 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A plan to divert Mississippi flood waters to west is proposed

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2011 18:29:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Right time for whales to return to New Zealand's calving grounds

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

UK education organisation reduced CO2 footprint using ICT

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

Water scarcity could damage municipal bond ratings

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:49:00 GMT by Michael Clark

The impact of oxygen-poor oceans on the early evolution of animals

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:09:01 GMT by Michael Evans