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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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ESO travel through time with VLT

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Less big fish means more little fish

Posted Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:09:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Using icebergs to solve southern European water shortages

Posted Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:49:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Water systems hacked in Illinois and Texas

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:19:25 GMT by Michael Clark

World Hepatitis Day - 28th July

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Crops for Every Corn - or Sauerkraut!

Posted Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Shark self-conservation

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:45:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Poor organization spoils European Week for Waste Reduction

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Aping human ecologies

Posted Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:38:11 GMT by JW Dowey

Researches may have found cost-effective treatment for Type 2 diabetes

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:51:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

Lake Agassiz disgorges its secrets

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:28:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New flood warnings for New York as Tropical Storm crosses northeast

Posted Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:46:00 GMT by Laura Brown

IOC vows to make sporting venues greener

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 15:52:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Polar photography exhibition by Earth Times writer Louise Murray

Posted Sat, 08 Oct 2011 17:55:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Bonaparte the bird-like dinosaur - Bonapartenykus ultimus

Posted Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:30:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Charging stations make Californian roads more electric

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:35:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Rise of the Continents

Posted Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:47:38 GMT by JW Dowey

New way to assess chance of 'life' on other planets

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:56:57 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The worst of climate change conferences?

Posted Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Autistic brains lack differentiation

Posted Sun, 29 May 2011 17:50:01 GMT by Gracie Valena