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  • Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

    Sun 1:54pm
    Darwin would have called us armchair conservationists, but this is even worse. While he was an armchair theorist (compared to Wallace), we may begin to spend our time and money trying to correct past extinctions. Tinkering is unlikely to be an answer to the…
  • How do we face up to ice loss?

    Sat 6:31am
    Climate change is about to become the issue that many accept as even more important than wars and finances. We are being physically forced into action, despite the fact that almost nobody lives around the Barents Sea or even the Bering Strait.
  • Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

    Mar 19, 2015, 6:11 am
  • Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

    Mar 18, 2015, 3:33 am
    When threatened species face both competition and hybridisation from a relative, the best techniques for assessment are needed. The giant salamanders stand apart as unique endemics in NE Asia, but now the Chinese species has begun invading the rivers in which…
  • A Song for Earth Hour: James King

    Mar 16, 2015, 9:14 am
    We rarely enter the world of music, unless it’s about whale song, but here is a topical thought on the forthcoming Earth Hour (March 28th.) James King sings a thoroughly sustainable song with a matching video for you. Enjoy the sounds and the sights.
  • Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

    Mar 16, 2015, 6:20 am
    Do you choose the gorillas and the rest of the unbelievable wildlife in this most magnificent of African National Parks, or the petrol in your car? I know which alternative to chuck out of the forest, never to see the light of day again.
  • China comes clean (legally at least.)

    Mar 15, 2015, 1:30 pm
    With respect for China in many countries becoming more important, the new legislative powers being used there seem to be having some effect. Prosecutions for the well-known and disastrous pollution of air and water in cities and countryside, will certainly…
  • Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam.

    Mar 14, 2015, 9:20 am
    How to help the several hundred thousand people of Vanuata and its neighbours as this terrible storm dies down from category 5 to 4? Donations, I’m sure will be accepted worldwide for this terrible taste of future storms, while money is probably the last…
  • Spider bites and necrosis!

    Mar 13, 2015, 5:37 am
    Many considerations should determine how we approach health issues, pests and even bites we think we have. The effects of unfamiliar bites especially may be made more obvious by this interesting study of biological control. The control is there, but it’s in…
  • Human epoch or just invasive hominid species?

    Mar 12, 2015, 5:51 am
    When we raped the Americas and dug up coal industriously for the first time, chopped down forests for ships and swapped lives for lifestyle, was that the beginning of something? Kings Philip, Louis and James began the Anthropocene, according to the latest…
  • Navigating the Atlantic as a giant turtle.

    Mar 11, 2015, 1:00 am
    When we have learned of the sensory abilities of marine creatures such as the superb world traveller, the leatherback, perhaps then we will be able to both use new linked technology and understand the oceans better.
  • Photography competition (Atkins CIWEM) for all

    Mar 9, 2015, 3:00 am
    Lots of animals, their habitats and people were harmed before the production of these photographs. Without these records, we might imagine we were conquering our problems of pollution, climate change and habitat destruction. Not so.
  • Mature forest needed to protect species from climate change

    Mar 8, 2015, 8:52 am
    La Niña and may be major headaches, but their use here in defining how species find mature tropical rainforest useful is major. The manakins have been seen here to use the great forest canopy, its moist conditions and its food supplies as a perfect refuge…
  • Report on a better Aral Sea

    Mar 6, 2015, 5:17 am
    The literal solution needed within the Aral Sea area is fresh water. While full regeneration is impossible, fish can indeed swim in this current desert and people can breathe dustless air once more, as money floods into projects that truly help, from energy to…
  • How mantis control their leaps.

    Mar 5, 2015, 3:05 pm
    How popular are these apparently so aggressive and pest-like praying mantids? They are great pest-controllers, have a huge variety of different species, from flower mantis to giant African “tigers of the cabbage patch;” they make marvellous, quite…
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