Monthly Archives: September 2010

The nightjar’s amazing gape on video


I’m pleased to have a link to our 1st video – it is ringing nightjars in Dorset, a beautiful adult and juvenile caught on 29th August 2010. http://www.youtube.com/user/RebeccaNesbit?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/OD-lRm43u0E The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) runs a network of over 2,500 trained … Continue reading

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Ethanol from willow trees – is it worth it?


The current obsession with ‘carbon neutral’ – in many ways a very good one – has meant that people are very keen to label things carbon neutral when in fact they are nothing of the sort. Biofuels is a prime … Continue reading

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Tiny seahorse caught in big oilspill


From Emma: The world’s smallest seahorse is now being threatened by the world’s largest accidental marine oil spill. The BP oil spill began with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April this year and led to the … Continue reading

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Poverty reductions from Bt cotton – 15 years on


In 1995 the USA controversially approved Bt cotton for commercial use. Fifteen years on its effect on farming and the rural community have been analysed in a study from the University of Göttingen. Bt cotton is resistant to many caterpillar … Continue reading

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Famous Females Forgotten


From Emma: A recent ICM survey suggests that 2/3 of the general public are unable to name a single famous female scientist! In fact 90% of 18-24 year olds were at a loss to think of a current or historical … Continue reading

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Top places to save for Europe’s insects


When people first realised the effect we have on wildlife, they instantly started to protect it. Generally the more impressive a species was the more it was deemed to be worth saving. But now we’re realising that there are far … Continue reading

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Bumblebee declines – why are some species harder hit?


The UK has 24 bumblebee species left, but we’ve already seen 2 extinctions. In Europe, intensive agriculture is thought to be the greatest cause of bumblebee declines, due to the loss of wildflowers and nesting sites. However, not all species … Continue reading

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New GM crops for Russia


Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are together one of the world’s leading agricultural producers – Russia alone produces over 10% of the world’s potatoes. However, the potential potato crop is almost halved due to factors such as weediness, viruses, cold winters … Continue reading

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