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  • Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

    18 September 2014, 10:20 am

    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.
  • Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

    17 September 2014, 2:17 am

    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…
  • Global Commission adds pressure to climate debate

    17 September 2014, 2:10 am

    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…
  • Global Warming’s final warning.

    15 September 2014, 7:59 am

    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…
  • How to lighten your life: a solar power guide

    15 September 2014, 5:11 am

    Subsistence is a life style now. Using wind power or PV cells, we can all reduce energy costs, both to ourselves and the environment.
  • 'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

    13 September 2014, 9:28 am

    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!
  • Crowdsourcing and oceanography, a mix made out of necessity

    12 September 2014, 7:09 am

    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…
  • An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

    11 September 2014, 5:33 am

    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,…
  • WMO report on more pollution

    10 September 2014, 3:42 am

    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…
  • Climate change affects islands, but one snail hangs on.

    9 September 2014, 5:14 am

    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…
  • Particle and nitrous oxide pollution in your car

    8 September 2014, 11:57 am

    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.
  • It's a peach of a story

    6 September 2014, 7:20 pm

    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…
  • Ice melt increases at both Poles

    6 September 2014, 5:22 am

    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.
  • Ban Ki-moon asks for the earth

    5 September 2014, 2:36 am

    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…
  • Soil carbon is lost with global warming

    4 September 2014, 5:52 am

    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…

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