Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:40:00 GMTThe mechanisms of shelf-sea fronts are poorly understood. As a front passes, how do plankton and their consumers contribute to the ecology of sea and land nearby? Many species of predator specialise in visiting these fronts, whether transient or fixed, and using the warmer temperatures, the varying productivity and the food supply that gannets find a valuable diet during the breeding season.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:40:31 GMTWave power or tidal power? The answer probably depends on where you are. If you have the frightening power that has always inspired names like Cape Wrath, then those tides should produce the most power in Europe. On the other hand, the regular movement of waves could well be capable of inspiring a design to accumulate energy over a lengthy period, albeit with less energy production per unit.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:25:00 GMTWe’re afraid that we have neglected the food security side of our responsibilities. Articles on Politics and Health have been published at the expense of this vital area, as the effects of consolidating food reserves are not only to alleviate criminal use of bushmeat, theft and extortion. We must also preserve areas for wildlife where otherwise people have been forced to cut down their forest to grow more crops/sell timber/build mines, roads or various infrastructure. GODAN are gathering in New York to spread expertise on agriculture and nutrition that will feed the parts of the world that are starving.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:10:00 GMTThe research effort on the sunfish now has its genome: one of the most useful tools to use on a species to discover how it has evolved such remarkable anatomy. It has been called a natural mutant, but it has simply and rapidly adapted to its oceanic habitat and food chain. How this was achieved within the genome is a story that will now unravel with more and more research into this fish, its adaptations and population genetics and that of many others.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:40:00 GMTBoom time or bust? The terrible effects of the loss of our Arctic sea ice have been well-advertised. Rearing young, or simply hunting prey, in the case of polar bears, has become almost impossible where the ice has gone. This relatively good news is of the baleen whales that are benefitting in the Pacific from extra flow as well as upwelling that creates plankton population surges.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMTThe IUCN have concentrated on plant species and great apes and Africa in their latest update to the Red List.
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMTTropical forests are declining fast, but how greedy were ancient peoples in their robbing of the wood and resources from other forests. One example only shines of sustainability.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:40:43 GMTHow can foxes, badgers and other Carnivores survive when a giant freeway blocks their route to feeding areas? The demography, the genetics and the extinction risk are all considered here, with a resonance for all species that need some kind of wildlife corridor in order to fulfil their life potential.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMTWe need bats, but in the same way we need their prey the insects. It’s impossible to see all the services they perform in eating pests and even spreading seeds in the case of fruit bats, just as we seem to have ignored the bees working at pollination of orchards!
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:00:01 GMTIt’s likely that these advanced vertebrates evolved extreme matrotrophy only once, but when we compare that habit with many other advanced features, it seems skinks come out top in adaptations for advanced life styles.
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:40:00 GMTWe have the chance to counter new viral and ancient parasitic disease with rapid diagnostic technologies. Let’s grab the chance to win this battle against disease, even when we lose against the latest mutations of the deadly viruses.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:40:31 GMTWhen a great, immoveable pollution source is faced by an increasingly smaller butterfly population, what is going to happen? Ask the bees, if their nervous systems are still savvy.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:05:05 GMTThe Australian spiders seem as distinct as the rest of their flora and fauna, with colour the distinguishing mark in this case. Despite their tiny size, these males manage to get noticed by the girls with their fabulous blue scales which amplify reflected light and never fade!
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:10:01 GMTThe humpback was hunted until only 1400 animals were left. Life seems more secure, though they are still endangered, but is there a future for any oceanic life if we turn a blind ear to the noise we emit, and all the rest of the pollution we dump on the sea?
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:40:00 GMTWe regard the most impressive living things as large animals, such as extinct giants, but to consider the life and influence of great trees or the efficiency of a spectacular army ant raid, killing everything in its path, can’t be disregarded. Maybe we have to have seen these species, or be taught about those that are extinct, to be able to appreciate how significant they have been Just hope they survive long enough for us to be able to see at least some natural wonders like these.