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Sea ice helps carbon absorption

Sea ice helps carbon absorption

Posted Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When the sea ice melts, our main concern has been sea-level and loss of habitat as our planet warms. Now we are also losing a valuable carbon dioxide sink, too, according to the latest and most detailed investigation yet

Sea ice helps carbon absorption

World Rhino Day 2014

World Rhino Day 2014

Posted Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:32:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

World Rhino Day needs some action to reverse the situation that all species find themselves in. The thoughts of everybody have to be directed towards preventing the loss of animals and the use of rhino horn.

World Rhino Day 2014

Budgies negotiate gaps.

Budgies negotiate gaps.

Posted Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:06:39 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Flight in our birds and bats is an interesting process as well as a part of life that we always seem to want to emulate. Avoiding obstacles within a flock, or negotiating forests is an area we need to study for our own needs, even if we simply use it for in-flight entertainment. The serious use of bird mechanisms for various aircraft such as drones is always likely as robotic systems develop.

Budgies negotiate gaps.

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Posted Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:53:11 GMT by Paul Robinson

With 2014 rhinos killed for their horns since January, the South African rhino is on its way out. We have to use emergency measures to stop the poaching, while Vietnam and other importing countries are responsible for preventing all their illegal wildlife trading. So far, little has been done-only one horn shipment has been stopped recently.

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Posted Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How do males pay for their dedication to antlers, plumage or dance? In this case the effort to escape a predator is not affected by the peacock’s extravagant tail, or train. Pity the experiment involved removing it- they must have been lost without it.

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The fate of sturgeons around the globe is under discussion Endangered all, they represent an important, as well as a commercial, link to our past. If we allow such large species to simply disappear, then there is no hope for any smaller animals and plants, as we plod towards a sterile and deficient landscape for all humans who appreciate life the way it is.

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Global Commission adds pressure to climate debate

Global Commission adds pressure to climate debate

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:10:18 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More on climate change and changing over from fossil fuels? The crunch is indeed coming for all of us. But like those who resisted the idea of global warming itself, will we refuse to get on with the job of adopting new ideas and, more important, dissuading many from polluting so much and failing to change.

Global Commission adds pressure to climate debate

Global Warming’s final warning.

Global Warming’s final warning.

Posted Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:59:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The NYC Climate Summit is building up pressure. This press release is a significant document, alongside all the crushing evidence of an out-of-control climate, involving many prominent people who want the politicians to make their own impact. It’s from 160 leading environmentalists from 44 countries, and, believe me, we all approve of the action.

Global Warming’s final warning.

How to lighten your life: a solar power guide

How to lighten your life: a solar power guide

Posted Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Subsistence is a life style now. Using wind power or PV cells, we can all reduce energy costs, both to ourselves and the environment.

How to lighten your life: a solar power guide

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Posted Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:28:28 GMT by JW Dowey

The essence of predation is success at hunting. This semi-aquatic monster could probably have killed off any creature it met on land or in the water. It is simply the biggest and the best at its job. And that was a niche for eating big prey!

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Crowdsourcing and oceanography, a mix made out of necessity

Crowdsourcing and oceanography, a mix made out of necessity

Posted Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can science cope with the vast expanses of maritime area and all the problems the oceans have? Employ everybody who’s out there, that’s how. Sailors and lubbers, sinners and saints can all join in to add to the desperately deficient data. We do need to know what and why, how and why the denizens of the deep are coping with the world we are changing for them.

Crowdsourcing and oceanography, a mix made out of necessity

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

Posted Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Indonesian forest, especially on 'easier' islands is disappearing fast and there seems little we can do to stop the Amazon once again disappearing as fast as it ever did, under the chainsaws and giant equipment of loggers. Murder is being used as a weapon, activists are threatened and armed men rule. We can’t rely on tribal peoples to stop potentially dangerous people from robbing them of their inheritance, but we can take joint responsibility by stopping any trade in agricultural products. Let’s plough all our effort into prevention. The need is to stop these greedy people rather than compensate for their destruction.

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

WMO report on more pollution

WMO report on more pollution

Posted Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:42:01 GMT by JW Dowey

When can we expect a conference to make headway against the mass of polluters and their investment in fossil fuels. So far, only threats of storm and drought seem to have had any effect. Maybe the earth itself will persuade us to finally change our ways as we wait for the next disastrous extreme weather event. Hopefully, we can use the next conference to ''make waves'' as the evidence becomes overwhelming.

WMO report on more pollution

Climate change affects islands, but one snail hangs on.

Climate change affects islands, but one snail hangs on.

Posted Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

We can already detect ways in which small creatures are surviving against the odds. The humans and other larger species on islands are next in line to suffer from climate change. Can we help them or do anything at all to mitigate global warming. There is an answer, but do all of our politicians know it?

Climate change affects islands, but one snail hangs on.

Particle and nitrous oxide pollution in your car

Particle and nitrous oxide pollution in your car

Posted Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Who is aware of their city’s invisible pollution problems and how can the health of urbanites be improved? Too often, we are too late in saving the health of our workers and children. Those who know the truth have probably moved out already.

Particle and nitrous oxide pollution in your car

 It's a peach of a story

It's a peach of a story

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How did the peach become selected from the typical forest tree. Was it developed like many fruits as a recent addition to food habits, or did it become domesticated early, like the goat, the dog and the pig, to provide a rich varied diet for early agriculturalists?

It's a peach of a story

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 09:22:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Serious results follow loss of our glaciers and ice sheets. The need for vigilant and expert reporting is made clear with the latest results from satellite instruments. Both Poles are losing ice rapidly, with Greenland having 75% of the total loss.

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Ban Ki-moon asks for the earth

Ban Ki-moon asks for the earth

Posted Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:36:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sorry, we're boring the pants off the polluters. But we have to report that yet another approach is being made to solving climate change. The UN will draw together influential organisations and people to finally make a push towards redeeming ourselves, after the failures of Copenhagen and Kyoto. The politics seems impossible, but this is one parley that has to be concluded, and rapidly.

Ban Ki-moon asks for the earth

Soil carbon is lost with global warming

Soil carbon is lost with global warming

Posted Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:52:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The world’s soils have been tested, in a thermal gradient from the Arctic through to the tropical rainforest. Despite claims to the contrary, the loss of carbon as global warming increases is going to increase markedly. We have to prepare ourselves to investigate how soils can be somehow prevented from contributing so much of the greenhouse gases that we have to reduce.

Soil carbon is lost with global warming

Tool use and manufacture, but by birds

Tool use and manufacture, but by birds

Posted Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:01:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The mammals and the birds are in competition. How many species will we find that can understand tool-using concepts, and then socially interact with their uses?

Tool use and manufacture, but by birds

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No Transition without Transmission - Friends of the Supergrid

Posted Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:43:39 GMT by Julian Jackson

A wakeup call for the Pacific Northwest

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:00:02 GMT by Michael Evans

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:03:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Toilet to tap is gaining popularity

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:39:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Investing green: Clear potential for waste-to-energy technologies

Posted Tue, 11 Jan 2011 19:42:03 GMT by Simon Kent

Suicidal teens not getting the help they need

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:25:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Desert memories and route guidance - for ants

Posted Wed, 28 May 2014 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Who settled the Americas first?

Posted Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:55:30 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Otters are the comeback kings

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 08:57:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Campaign for pacemaker recycling gains momentum

Posted Fri, 07 Jan 2011 12:01:00 GMT by Rachel England

Echolocation: Call your partner or find your dinner

Posted Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Advocacy group in Australia calls for global boycott of bluefin tuna

Posted Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:22:06 GMT by Lucy Brake

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Turtle conservators needed (we mean you)

Posted Sun, 15 Dec 2013 16:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

America is full of Wind (power)

Posted Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:32:24 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New system to verify urban CO2 cuts

Posted Mon, 14 May 2012 19:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Call in the army to protect Great Lakes from carp invasion says study

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:16:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Pyros, the ursine romeo of the Pyrenees

Posted Sun, 12 May 2013 18:21:54 GMT by JW Dowey

Health Check for Oetzi the Iceman

Posted Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:34:07 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ploughing into the effect of crop tillage on greenhouse gas emissions

Posted Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:43:00 GMT by Kieran Ball