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Orca society

I’ve got a lot of respect for orcas (sometimes called killer whales): they’re intelligent, showing an ability to learn, solve problems, and teaching learned behaviour; they have a complex and stable communication system; and they’ve been observed exhibiting playful behaviour … Continue reading

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Play games and save the trees

Do you want an excuse to play games? Because here’s a good one: by playing an online game, you can help botanists solve the mystery of the fungus that’s killing so many ash trees. There’s concern in the UK about … 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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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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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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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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Caution: animals crossing!

Why did the brush-tailed phascogale cross the road? Kylie Soanes knows, but she’s not telling. She is, however, telling how she convinced that phascogale to cross using rope bridges. Well, not exactly convincing them – rather setting up the situation … Continue reading

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Palm oil plantations and smog – if you’re in Singapore, just don’t breathe

The latest air pollution index in Singapore is 371. A value of 100 or more on this index is considered unhealthy, anything above 200 is considered very unhealthy, and over 300 is considered dangerous. So 371 is really-honestly-we-really-mean-this dangerous. So … Continue reading

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Giving bees a break

The European Union has recently decided to ban three of the world’s most widely used pesticides for 2 years, as they are linked to colony collapse disorder in bees. It wasn’t a unanimous decision, or even enough countries to achieve … Continue reading

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