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The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How stupid we are. For thousands of years, many have regarded reptiles and crocodilians in particular as slow and stupid themselves. From these papers, you can understand how wrong we were and how artful the croc can be. Just ask Captain Hook! (Who actually proves that some people always thought the scaly monster was not just tough, but wily too.)

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Wind and its place in electricity generation.

Wind and its place in electricity generation.

Posted Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:08:01 GMT by JW Dowey

The facts and figures covering the power we generate from wind need to be exposed. A least the solar energy enthusiasts regularly tell us just how enormous their capacity is, but the wind business seems more withdrawn, despite the fabulous energy available and its long history.

Wind and its place in electricity generation.

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Posted Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We worry and then worry again about our turtles, so any good news is welcome, even if one area of success is unlikely to help all the other species. The Olive Ridley turtle was found once in this study reminding us of all the life trials that these unlucky reptiles have to endure.

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Conservation and Reintroductions

Conservation and Reintroductions

Posted Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

With the elephant and rhino populations deeply depressed (as we are), reintroduction must be the real aim of conservation of the endangered. Once we have disposed of the poachers and pet traders, a real habitat with a real life must exist in some special somewhere for every species. The science of how to do it is still in its infancy, but here is a strong beginning.

Conservation and Reintroductions

 Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

Posted Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Water, water everywhere, as far as groundwater is concerned. But this precious resource, as California has discovered, can so easily be contaminated for not only your people, but also any hope for industry. Good news from the Northern US is that their groundwater seems intact at the moment, unlike some states where fracking has interfered with deep systems. While some of the biggest states cry over spilt water, or rather drought, perhaps we can all learn from the mistakes of the recent past-or maybe not.

Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

Posted Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Out of adversity, such as the horrific loss of groundwater and other supplies in California, came this convenient checklist for your solar panel, whether you have some, want some, or may feel in the solar mood when the sun next shines.

King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Posted Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:54:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

From Thailand to the southeast of China and then throughout the Sunda shelf much of which is now underwater, the rainforest was supreme. It was delineated by the presence of many species of dipterocarp, entwined with rattans and delicious fruiting trees, all set off with the huge biodiversity of tigers and elephant, Orang-utan and civets. It still remains, but it desperately cries out for conservation – all of that which is left!

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

Posted Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:10:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

The influences of ecology are subtle. So far, few have realised that biodiversity, as noted in South Korea, is key to climate change in many situations. Maintaining our ecosystems should be key in these changing times, but our climate changes continue because we have not resolved the pollution or the degradation issues that we have caused. New ideas and new solutions are essential to combating our climate problems, as Norway (and many others) state categorically.

Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

Cats, as we know them.

Cats, as we know them.

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:05:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The attraction of cats is a puzzle for some and taken for granted by others. In fact, like dogs, they are highly genetically-adapted to be irresistible, otherwise humans would have discarded them both eons ago. Have fun with this great research to ease our guilt at having non-primate commensals. (No, get off the table, you mut!)

Cats, as we know them.

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The human species exploded with tools and cultural learning at several stages in their distant history. Just how mentally-equipped are other primates for a cultural rush of tool using and rapid evolution?

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How can we cope with the burgeoning oil palm plantations. Instead of just complaining, here is one piece of evidence from the Journal of Applied Ecology . Perhaps some other organisms can survive in these nightmares for many almost-extinct animals and plants.

Oil palm ecology suits some.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We are told we need fish, but for most now, there simply won’t be any. Nutrition and sustainability hit yet another block, while not even the very rich will dine on sushi.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Personally, we want peace today, but we suppose some development will have to be part of the package with these mad scientists!

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Two perspectives on the biosphere.

Two perspectives on the biosphere.

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 18:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Can these 2 people influence those whose job it is to change our direction? They are very different, but can agree on one decision that we all need to make: the way we fail to sustain the earth has to be reversed. Then we can achieve survival, let alone that of all the other species we need in this environment we shame so much.

Two perspectives on the biosphere.

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Posted Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:46:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The potential for fires to destroy rural and even urban environments has increased. Could the early loss of podocarp forest from Maori fires help to tell us how to combat the vast problems we have nowadays in preventing loss of homes, and harvests, lives and livelihoods?

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Latest solar advances very attractive for businesses.

Latest solar advances very attractive for businesses.

Posted Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:11:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The future is solar, or are we condemned to this warming world, governed by fossil fuel investors and men who wear nylons --- the so-called deniers ?!

Latest solar advances very attractive for businesses.

 China reveals “magic” land treatment success.

China reveals “magic” land treatment success.

Posted Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Little is known of the most highly-developed bacterial action against some heavy metals. Against organic toxins in oil they have been tried for decades, but extra safety precautions will be essential before crops can be used for human consumption. We have had enough of Minamata disease.

China reveals “magic” land treatment success.

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

Posted Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

For years, humans have been advancing slowly on how animal culture might be transmitted. In efforts to understand both our own ancestors and the mechanisms of social behaviour everywhere, we are seeing achievements at many levels of discovery.

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

Posted Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:20:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

After such a long time, the Aral Sea area is about to be rehabilitated, but the large area of the 4th largest inland sea in the world will never be returned to its natural watery state. The partners and donors are rewarding the patience and planning of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov and his First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov.

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

Climate: what does the UN want?

Climate: what does the UN want?

Posted Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The UN wants big changes, which it will find difficult to implement. We all agree however with the basic need to follow the logical path towards lowering temperatures and climate risks. There is only one group stopping this inevitable progress, a bit like those who often prevented the progress of the industrial revolution. They did not succeed, so let us all make sure our “industrial evolution for the future” succeeds quickly! The alternatives are non-existent.

Climate: what does the UN want?

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Save sharks and sea turtles but not bluefin tuna says fishing industry

Posted Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:11:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Good bacteria pack a positive punch for the gut

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 16:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Oxygen-poor 'dead zones' ebb and flow across the oceans

Posted Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Endangered green turtle migration mapped

Posted Fri, 03 Feb 2012 13:45:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rare butterfly flying high again

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 10:06:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

How wallabies from 'down-under' can help in climate-change fight

Posted Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Genetics of blond hair in Solomon Islanders

Posted Sat, 05 May 2012 11:27:18 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Large-scale offshore wind farms get the go ahead in US

Posted Thu, 25 Nov 2010 18:44:57 GMT by Lucy Brake

Democratic / Republican voter schism over global warming deepens

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Possible danger in fire safety chemicals revealed by fish tests

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 09:42:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Cuckoos mimic hawks

Posted Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:44:30 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Bioplastics holds key to future of our environmental packaging needs

Posted Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:12:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Tuna Dilemma

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The bumblebee gecko from Papua New Guinea - Nactus kunan

Posted Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:43:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Arctic inter-relationships with some chilly revelations

Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2011 10:35:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:11:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Tackling Global Wildlife Crime

Posted Thu, 25 Nov 2010 15:05:01 GMT by Emma McNeil

Shell's North Sea oil spill is ''worst for a decade''

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:03:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Emma Watson's eco fashion dream

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:59:01 GMT by Louise Saunders