Remember the difference between weather and climate? We know what happens when the weather changes—it’s obvious. Climate is another story. Read on. When it rains, you put on a raincoat … [Read full article]
Weather and climate are similar but different. For the most part, they are very distinct phenomena. Below, we talk about the weather first, and then delve into the climate. Weather We measure … [Read full article]
Holy ecological treasure….133 new species have been discovered in India, including an unnamed species of bird. Reptiles, spiders, insects and fish make up the new bounty, which had actually existed … [Read full article]
A new study paints a dire picture of the coming decades, showing that more than half of the common species of plant found across the planet and one third of … [Read full article]
Entire communities of species that were previously unknown to science have been discovered on the Antarctic seafloor clustering around the hydrothermal vents. The discoveries were made by teams led by … [Read full article]
WWF recently released a new short film, Astonish Me, that is quite beautiful and awe-inspiring. Highly recommend watching:
Lions, these wonderful big cats — I think there isn’t anybody who has ever avoided their charm — could be extinct in just 15 years. Even though they are dangerous, they are lovable, too. But, unfortunately, there’s some really bad news: their numbers have been shrinking tremendously over the last 50 years! While, in 1960, there were a healthy 450,000 lions in wild, in 2010, were only 20,000! If that trend continued, lions would become extinct in just just over 10 years.
In 2006, Arctic hunters shot and killed a strange-looking, white bear. It was strange because the bear had large patches of brown fur in its coat. Subsequent genetic analysis showed … [Read full article]
The Sakhalin Energy Investment Company which is part owned by Shell has announced plans to build a third major oil platform in the centre of crucial feeding grounds for the … [Read full article]
Humanity has moved about in such a way, disrupting many fragile ecosystems the world over, and introduced new and often harmful species into these environments, to a point that mass … [Read full article]
As we near 2011, I know I must try to prepare myself for 2012, and the (next) wave of apocalyptic doom-saying that, according to the ‘fin-de-cyclists’, was predicted by the … [Read full article]
The Eurasian lynx is one of Europe’s largest predators. And, of course, it is endangered. Actually, I teach English here in Poland and this is the first animal that comes … [Read full article]
Two ecologist discover that by adapting Google’s Page Rank algorithm they were able to “reverse engineer” the collapse of food webs, and thus determining which species in a given web are most critical to the web’s existence.