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Losing sight of the real causes of mass animal death?

Losing sight of the real causes of mass animal death?

Posted Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:15:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Getting past media sensationalism to discover the real causes of mass animal death. Since last December when 83,000 Drum fish were washed up in Arkansas and thousands of blackbirds fell dead just 100km away in the town of Beebe, the world media has been full of reports of mass animal deaths. Journalists have gone as far as to nickname the phenomena 'aflockalypse'.

Losing sight of the real causes of mass animal death?

Never mind zombies; invasion of the Tamarisk trees is officially here

Never mind zombies; invasion of the Tamarisk trees is officially here

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:44:30 GMT by Nicolette Smith

The invasion of the American north-west by the Tamarisk Tree and its natural enemy; the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle. The Tamarisk Leaf Beetle is inadvertently battling one of the greatest threats to the U.S. water reserves… by eating it. The Tamarisk Tree, which survives by absorbing river water in a sponge-like manner, has met its nemesis in the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle, an insect whose favourite food of choice is Tamarisk Tree leaf.

Never mind zombies; invasion of the Tamarisk trees is officially here

Mushrooms; scientists reveal potted history of a neglected food source

Mushrooms; scientists reveal potted history of a neglected food source

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:10:00 GMT by Nicolette Smith

Morel mushrooms much older than previously assumed. Ah, the humble mushroom; love them or hate them, they certainly have a distinctive flavour. The results from a recent study conducted by a research team at the University of Oregon's College of Forest Ecosystems and Society has revealed new insights into our love affair with the common morel.

Mushrooms; scientists reveal potted history of a neglected food source

Eye in the sky watching Arctic blooms

Eye in the sky watching Arctic blooms

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:44:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A reworking of satellite data is helping scientists track the Arctic spring and summer plankton blooms - that color the sea green as the ice retreats. Understanding how these evolve will help to paint the bigger picture of Arctic ecology as its sea-ice continues to disappear. Vast blooms of phytoplankton take advantage of the nutrient-rich sun-lit waters, starting off a cascade of life up the entire length of the Arctic food chain.

Eye in the sky watching Arctic blooms

Why biodiversity really does matter

Why biodiversity really does matter

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 12:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Super study finds that biodiversity really is worth protecting and could, in fact, be crucial for our very survival. Biodiversity is a green buzzword; something that we should work to protect, but, is biodiversity important for human survival? The answer, according to the latest research, is a resounding yes.

Why biodiversity really does matter

Biodiversity be dammed - plans for Mekong River ignore warnings from failed Thai dam

Biodiversity be dammed - plans for Mekong River ignore warnings from failed Thai dam

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 11:33:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The lessons of a failed dam project in Thailand are not being heeded, in plans for a dam on the Mekong River in Laos. The WWF is asking for a 10-year halt to dam projects on the lower Mekong, in order to allow a fuller understanding of what sustainable hydropower projects are feasible. Going ahead now is likely to repeat a ''bitter lose-lose situation.''

Biodiversity be dammed - plans for Mekong River ignore warnings from failed Thai dam

More Awareness and Information for Potential Exotic Pet Owners

More Awareness and Information for Potential Exotic Pet Owners

Posted Sun, 06 Mar 2011 10:22:01 GMT by Tamara Croes

The trade in exotic pets is rising dramatically. So is the number of abandoned, escaped, and released exotic pets causing worldwide problems. Informing the public about the dangers and problems surrounding exotic pets is urgently necessary, according to EcoHealth Alliance.

More Awareness and Information for Potential Exotic Pet Owners

Bumblebees: Gone with the Wind? A Major Disappearance

Bumblebees: Gone with the Wind? A Major Disappearance

Posted Sat, 05 Mar 2011 16:02:00 GMT by Hannah C. Sarco

Bumblebees have been dying out all around the world for over a century. Now, scientists are gathering alarming news that these lovable, fuzzy pollinators may not be around for much longer if current statistics continue. In the past few decades scientific studies have found that increasing numbers of bumblebee colonies are disappearing.

Bumblebees: Gone with the Wind? A Major Disappearance

Multiplier Effect theory supports 'I'm with Stupid' survival technique

Multiplier Effect theory supports 'I'm with Stupid' survival technique

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:02:01 GMT by Nicolette Smith

Multiplier theory expands concept of 'survival of the fittest' to incorporate learned behaviour as a survivalist technique. It means that mindless survival strategies (those which do not involve strategic analysis or evaluation) are just as likely - if not more - to promote your likelihood of survival and general wellbeing as those which involve an intelligent assessment of information to influence key lifestyle decisions.

Multiplier Effect theory supports 'I'm with Stupid' survival technique

Lions under growing threat from U.S. hunters

Lions under growing threat from U.S. hunters

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 10:35:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

American trophy hunters are an increasing threat to lions, a coalition of wildlife charities reports. The coalition of wildlife charities demonstrated that trophy hunting by U.S. hunters is a serious and growing threat to African lions. They state that between 1998 and 2008, 64 per cent of wild lions traded international for trophy hunting were imported to the U.S.

Lions under growing threat from U.S. hunters

Listening to the pulse of the natural world

Listening to the pulse of the natural world

Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Professor hopes his new field of study, soundscape ecology, will help connect us back to nature and act as a warning bell for environmental damage. Professor Pijanowksi believes that sound is one of the first things to change as an environment changes. He also believes that sound can be an evocative way of connecting people to natural environments.

Listening to the pulse of the natural world

Noisy neighbors - fish distracted by water sports

Noisy neighbors - fish distracted by water sports

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:41:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

It seems fish have to put up with more than just a voracious fishing industry and oceans becoming more acidic. Noise pollution, such as that from powerboats and jet skis, is also causing them to be distracted from eating. More research is needed to quantify the effects on fish populations, long-term.

Noisy neighbors - fish distracted by water sports

Endangered Great hammerhead sharks tracked into the north Atlantic

Endangered Great hammerhead sharks tracked into the north Atlantic

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:09:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Endangered Great hammerhead sharks have been tracked by satellite into the North Atlantic for the first time by scientists at the University of Miami. The animals are under threat from shark finning operations who prize them for their large fins.

Endangered Great hammerhead sharks tracked into the north Atlantic

Smithsonian Wild website gathers images of nature uncut

Smithsonian Wild website gathers images of nature uncut

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:41:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A new site from the Smitsonian, called Smithsonian WILD, gives public access to hundreds of thousands of wildlife research images from around the world. The Smithsonian has collected over 202,000 striking images from wildlife researchers around the globe in a new publicly accessible collection.

Smithsonian Wild website gathers images of nature uncut

Loggerhead turtle migration mystery solved

Loggerhead turtle migration mystery solved

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:35:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Geomagnetic cues help young loggerhead turtles navigate the open ocean during their epic 8,000 mile journey between leaving their natal beaches in Florida, and returning 5-10 years later to breed. Researchers have just worked out how they do it. The loggerhead's secret is to use both the angle, or inclination; and the strength of the earth's magnetic field to deliver enough information to determine its exact position on the planet – both east-west and north-south.

Loggerhead turtle migration mystery solved

Something old, something blue - how cyanobacteria are helping forests grow

Something old, something blue - how cyanobacteria are helping forests grow

Posted Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:55:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Exciting research into the rain forests of British Columbia show that the blue bacteria living on mosses on the oldest trees have a big impact on the nutrient cycle of these forests. The more old trees there are, the more nitrogen is fixed, so helping forests grow. This helps our understanding of the forest nitrogen cycle, but raises new questions about the impact of forest age on greenhouse gases.

Something old, something blue - how cyanobacteria are helping forests grow

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Horse Sense

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We’re mad about Madagascar.

Posted Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bad news for corals and divers.

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Voyage to/from Ancient New Zealand

Posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Language evolved quickly.

Posted Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Monkeys redden up for breeding.

Posted Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:54:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Budgies negotiate gaps

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

It's a peach of a story

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

Tool use and manufacture, but by birds

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

Eggs of elephant birds still reign supreme

Posted Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Whales suffering sunburn in Gulf of California

Posted Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:01:00 GMT by Emma McNeil

A Variety of Fruit Selections

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Viral infections in native pollinators spell disaster for honey bees

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:40:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Ancestor of Tyrannosaurus found

Posted Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:58:59 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Spongebob' fungi pops up in Borneo's jungles

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:39:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

DNA tests unravel a tricky tortoise mystery

Posted Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:11:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Grey seals have real personality

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:15:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Invasions from 'above' worse than those from 'below'

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:08:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Our Rivers campaign launches survey to identify best UK rivers for wildlife

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:33:01 GMT by John Dean

Smithsonian Wild website gathers images of nature uncut

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:41:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts