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Move to recognise human epoch – ‘The Anthropocene’

The Anthropocene, the geological epoch when humans have had an overriding influence on the earth and its atmosphere, is a step closer to being formally recognised as a geological period – and apparently it all started in 1610!  (image from … Continue reading

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Engaging hearts and minds to reverse the biodiversity crisis

Lets us be in no doubt – we are in the midst of the greatest biodiversity crisis the world has ever seen. The rate of extinction today is greater than at any other time in the history of life on earth. … 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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It’s world orangutan day!

Just a quick reminder that today is world orangutan day. These gentle apes share 97% of their DNA with us, and are intelligent, patient, and affectionate. This is an opportune time to reflect on how much palm oil is in … Continue reading

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How does evolution work?

Evolution is one of those concepts that’s simultaneously well-known and misunderstood: everyone’s heard the word, but most people are a bit hazy on what it means, and how it works in practice. So if you’re interested in getting a bit … Continue reading

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Time for some shark love

This week is shark week, so given that they’ve been around for 420 million years, I thought it time to show a little love for these vital and efficient predators.

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright*

Since yesterday’s post was a bit of a depressing one (and there’s the understatement of the year), today’s will be a bit lighter. It seems that I missed out on marking International Tiger Day, which falls on 29th July. And … Continue reading

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Illegal trade in wildlife

Sorry, but this post is heart-rending. From Mongabay: “In a single night in March (2013), a band of heavily-armed, horse-riding poachers slaughtered 89 elephants in southern Chad, 30 of which were pregnant females.” 300 elephants were killed in a single … 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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De-extinction – zombie wooly mammoths? (Biodiversity ethics part 4)

It’s now theoretically possible to re-create an extinct animal, provided a sufficient sample of its DNA is found – tar pits would be a good source, as they would capture the whole animal and protect it from environmental decay. For … Continue reading

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