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Green turtles need help

Green turtles need help

Posted Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

How to provide for indigenous and other peoples with a rare animal as a food source and sustain their diet? (As well as make sure we don’t have another extinction on our hands). A scientific approach is required in the Caribbean, where little seems to be going well in some countries, while others conserve their fauna and flora to make large profits from tourism.

Green turtles need help

Carbon destroys ocean life as well as our climate

Carbon destroys ocean life as well as our climate

Posted Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:45:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Air pollution is rarely linked to water pollution, but the strong links will soon be obvious, just as the surface air movement is influenced by the ocean currents and the temperatures of both. While scientific models can tell us what is going to happen as the earth warms, climate change will also be influenced by small so far neglected fluctuations in chemistry such as these pH changes in our oceans, affecting billions of creatures, and of course, us.

Carbon destroys ocean life as well as our climate

Jellies delicious for this fish

Jellies delicious for this fish

Posted Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

This little sea-bream is able to conveniently dispose of and control jellyfish populations, just as the big turtles can. The research involved has a lot of relevance to turtle conservation as well as the massive jellyfish blooms reported in Japan and other parts of the world.

Jellies delicious for this fish

Orangs threatened again in Sumatra

Orangs threatened again in Sumatra

Posted Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Sumatran problem where people and industry are always given priority over natural ecosystems is reaching a climax, as the last vestiges of tropical forest go under thee axe. apart from the smoke pollution hanging over the burning, the animal species involved are among the rarest large animals anywhere. It's incredible that local interests can still prevent national government and international organisations from trying to conserve these precious areas still left.

Orangs threatened again in Sumatra

Tiny Australian crayfish is brand new species

Tiny Australian crayfish is brand new species

Posted Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can we make sure that tiny new species with newly-discovered populations are not predated by novel predators, run over by bulldozers or simply forgotten about during developments? The answer needs to be found from the Amazon to central Asia, Africa and Australia. And who can say that we don't all need to check the other wild places, even near our cities and waste sites?

Tiny Australian crayfish is brand new species

Solar energy saves the earth?

Solar energy saves the earth?

Posted Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:20:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

When will people, especially governments, believe those who are far better qualified than they are to judge the earth and its workings. When hell freezes over, perhaps? No, I'm sorry, it's when earth becomes hell, as it already has for the victims of increasing climate change.

Solar energy saves the earth?

Stork Renaissance

Stork Renaissance

Posted Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Stalking the fabulous stork in Britain has been a forlorn experience for a long time. Vagrants and margarine have been the only possibilities, but with a little help from their friends, 2 individuals have literally set up home on a Norfolk chimney and seem primed to produce more 2-meter wing-spanned aliens. These effects of global warming are welcome, perhaps they will recognise the current Sahara sand covering the east of England.

Stork Renaissance

Solar electricity comes to your home-free!

Solar electricity comes to your home-free!

Posted Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

When we see countries developing a large renewable energy capacity, the whole earth can celebrate that there will be no more carbon emissions from some sources at least. Now for the riddance of fracking, coal and all gas and oil based industries, before the UNs latest warnings become tragically true even before we know it.

Solar electricity comes to your home-free!

Visual effects created by bower birds

Visual effects created by bower birds

Posted Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Among the most intricate displays of courtship in any species, the bower birds have intrigued us for centuries. Finally, we may be getting close to a full understanding of how such glorious behaviours work and how they came about!

Visual effects created by bower birds

Good news for newts' DNA

Good news for newts' DNA

Posted Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:00:00 GMT by Penny Bunting

Even the tiniest larva of the threatened Triturus cristatus, (great crested newt) can be detected with eDNA techniques. With this eye-opening research, the smallest invertebrates can be quickly assessed too, giving us great insight into current situations of species.

Good news for newts' DNA

Leatherback logging in the Atlantic

Leatherback logging in the Atlantic

Posted Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The study of marine turtles is linked with tagging of many other animals, but if we lose these leatherback giants of the seas, we will have lost a species that can relay how conditions millions of years ago influenced even bigger turtles and of course every other species that existed at the time.

Leatherback logging in the Atlantic

Spider sociability

Spider sociability

Posted Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

How did social behaviour evolve, and why do we see it in so many animals, no matter what level of taxonomy they are found? Spiders, sticklebacks and insects, birds, mammals and reptiles are all involved in complex social interaction.

Spider sociability

Climate change and permafrost loss

Climate change and permafrost loss

Posted Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How many tonnes of carbon does it take to sink a planet? New research is always enlightening us on how the warming of Earth will affect us. Trouble is, the news is always negative, there just isn’t much good coming our way, although we are checking out any positive possibilities (sorry, they’re not probabilities).

Climate change and permafrost loss

International Day of Forests and the Tree

International Day of Forests and the Tree

Posted Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:19:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ban Ki Moon’s message today is, 'As we deliberate on the post-2015 development agenda, let us acknowledge the vital role of forests and pledge to work together to protect and sustainably manage these vital ecosystems.'

International Day of Forests and the Tree

Bats' flight changes

Bats' flight changes

Posted Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:53:00 GMT by JW Dowey

When we study insects and birds in the air, or other animals in water, the interest often lies in how they can change their locomotive effort in order to counteract wind or currents. The use of computer modelling can also add the extra benefit of prediction of movement under various conditions.

Bats' flight changes

Ecological challenges in Central Asia

Ecological challenges in Central Asia

Posted Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:24:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

One of the gravest global environmental disasters of modern times is the tragedy of the Aral Sea facing the countries of Central Asia and their population of some 60 million.

Ecological challenges in Central Asia

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

Posted Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When is an alien species really alien? Maybe only when it is a critical danger to another species. A new book from a popular author puts forward persuasive and alarming arguments. Camels, eagles, snakes, spiders and influenza virus, wrapped up in invasive packaging.

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

Manhattan's 'methane sieve' warning a year before explosion

Manhattan's 'methane sieve' warning a year before explosion

Posted Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:11:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The gas explosion that brought down two Harlem apartments, and killed at least seven, is the awful face of a long-running problem – one with global ramifications.

Manhattan's 'methane sieve' warning a year before explosion

The jumper, the weaver and the spitting spider

The jumper, the weaver and the spitting spider

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

The intricacies of life bamboozle us daily. When it gets down to social animals and those that associate with them, the fascination can be really endless.

The jumper, the weaver and the spitting spider

Swimming sloths with aquatic adaptations

Swimming sloths with aquatic adaptations

Posted Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:17:00 GMT by JW Dowey

One group of sloths made the quite unlikely shift to water, possibly because of a drying environment in the Miocene. This clever paper shows how they coped with a marine life, just like early whales, by adapting their bone compactness. Our pygmy sloths on the Panamanian island of Isla Escudo de Veraguas are the most recent speciation, around 9,000 years ago. These guys were several species on a sea trip!

Swimming sloths with aquatic adaptations

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Glass is half full for nano disease diagnosis

Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:43:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

One year on and a bleak future for the people of Fukushima

Posted Sat, 11 Feb 2012 19:01:55 GMT by Michael Evans

'Deepwater' oil snatched from depths helps to map lurking oil plumes

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Landmark UN Study Voices Belief in Renewable Future

Posted Mon, 09 May 2011 19:33:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Climate change 'poses threat to caribou'

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:35:01 GMT by John Dean

The wolf at the door and the sandpiper that migrates: Animals in their niches

Posted Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Durban climate talks must succeed to help the poor

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Can you hear the Jurassic crickets?

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:38:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Spying on the Manx shearwater at sea

Posted Wed, 03 Oct 2012 08:23:14 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Coral Diversified

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

Environmentalists believe sanctuary failing to protect polar bears

Posted Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:22:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 16:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Three Score Years and Ten

Posted Sun, 06 May 2012 15:15:00 GMT by Michael Evans

What are you doing for World Environment Day on 5th June?

Posted Sun, 29 May 2011 13:41:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Exercise and caffeine 'prevent skin cancer'

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

Underwater volcanoes found under the Southern Ocean

Posted Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:17:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

More ice leaving polar ice sheets than ever before

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:34:01 GMT by Louise Murray

Animals of the world, complete!

Posted Thu, 19 Sep 2013 06:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

US research highlights the plight of the bumblebee, numbers rapidly declining

Posted Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:00:01 GMT by David Hewitt