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Biodiversity favourites

I’ll be off work for a week or so, and while I’m gone I’d like to leave you with some of my favourite posts on biodiversity. Cephalopod magic: the amazing abilities of cephalopods to camouflage and hypnotise. Beetling away for … Continue reading

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Australian biodiversity

It’s still world biodiversity month, and that’s an opportune time to mention a few interesting and little-known facts about biodiversity in Australia. Australia is one of 17 recognised ‘megadiverse’ countries: that is, countries containing extremely high biodiversity. Australia also has … Continue reading

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World overshoot day

August 20th was World Overshoot Day – the estimated day on which the world’s population had used up the planet’s annual renewable resources and carbon-absorbing capacity. To get a rough idea of our use of land for agriculture, for example, … Continue reading

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Beer, chocolate, wine, coffee: all will suffer from climate change

Think climate change will just mean more days lazing at the beach? Think again – some of your favourite things may suffer from the effects of climate change. Indeed, some of them are already suffering, according to this article. Most … Continue reading

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Science communication needs a touch of the Renaissance

Its official: science fact is losing out to a range of fictions in the public arena. A recent survey of science literacy conducted by the Australian Academy of Science found that fewer people could answer basic science questions, such as … Continue reading

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Wild and wilder

I wrote about one approach to revegetating recently – the suggestion was to clone some of the extremely old trees in the UK and offer them to people and groups to plant. Another approach is taken by George Monbiot. He … Continue reading

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Australia – land of the hot pink slug

Meet Triboniophorus aff. graeffei, a hot pink slug that lives on Mount Kaputar in New South Wales in Australia. It’s bright pink, as you can see, and it’s about 8 inches long, which you’d imagine would make it fairly visible … Continue reading

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Sustainable food – what you can do

If you’re interested in getting food that’s sustainably grown, you should have a look at this site. The Stewardship Index aims to collect information about all aspects of food production, from growth to final sale, with metrics measuring things like … Continue reading

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Lazarus species – back from the dead

The number of species on the planet has been estimated at over 8 million, but there are a lot of species that haven’t yet been found or properly identified. There are also a few species that were thought extinct, but … Continue reading

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A world without borders – why biodiversity matters

The news is still full of the fires in Indonesia and the resulting smog in Singapore and Malaysia – unfortunately air pollution doesn’t stop at national borders. Also unfortunately, Indonesia is not a party to the Association of South East … Continue reading

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