Linking Journalism with the Web of Life
From the wings of tiny creatures hang the fates of hundreds of bird and mammal species, and perhaps even entire rainforests. They are fig wasps and they play a disproportionate role in the grand drama of life on Earth. They shape our own story too because of this. But new research warns that these insects could be “extremely vulnerable” to global warming.
This matters because each of the 750+ species of fig tree (Ficus species) relies utterly on particular species of fig wasp…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on April 3, 2013 at 9:05 — No Comments
They are all now dead and can never be replaced but at least they got names. Martha, Benjamin and Incas… Booming Ben and Lonesome George. They wer endlings, each one the last known member of its species. Their names remind us that we have epic tales to tell of the decline and fall of entire species.Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on April 3, 2013 at 8:59 — No Comments
Before 1996, Baruwa community in Alimosho area of Lagos Nigeria depended on their groundwater for drinking and domestic use. All that changed when they discovered that the more than 180 wells in the area had suddenly become greasy and smelly.
The traditional head Haliju Baruwa said they were alarmed when their domestic…Continue
Added by Vivienne Irikefe on April 1, 2013 at 22:19 — No Comments
Much of what we buy and use are disposables. From medical and electronic waste to kitchen and dining products, the list goes on.
Throwaway products are usually made from paper, plastic and cotton, but plastic items are by far used the most.
Though some disposables can breakdown rapidly others like throwaway diapers cannot.…Continue
Added by Vivienne Irikefe on April 1, 2013 at 22:14 — No Comments
Photo by John Kabubu
The sound of a saw cutting deep into the kiaat tree (Pterocarpus angolensis, also called “bloodwood”) in a forest in Kisangi village fills the air. Sweat drips from the body of 56-year-old Rafii Hashim as he pushes the saw…Continue
Added by John Kabubu on March 20, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments
The main objective of this Healthy Seas initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter from the seas and oceans for the purpose of…Continue
Added by Wijnja on March 18, 2013 at 12:36 — No Comments
Last year I brought you the story of Lambir Hills National Park, a Bornean forest in which I used to live and work, where hunting and other pressures have forced into extinction much of the biggest wildlife species (see The near empty forest that proves conservation is failing).
It describes how recent surveys had failed to find 20 percent of the park’s resident bird species and…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on March 18, 2013 at 11:29 — No Comments
Photo by: John Kabubu
The Western Indian Ocean State’s efforts to help bring about improved marine fisheries reforms and governance in the South West Indian Ocean range states are beginning to bear fruit following a recent decision to reform the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries…Continue
Added by John Kabubu on March 15, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments
Overfishing threatens the magnificent and prized ‘Ali Maduwa’, writes Malaka Rodrigo�
A giant “maduwa”, or manta ray, was netted last week by fisherman in Welipatanwila, Ambalanthota, on the South coast. The ocean creature was pregnant and weighed 1,500 kilograms. A week earlier, another manta ray was caught by fishermen in Akkaraipattu, on the East coast. Both sea…Continue
Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 2, 2013 at 9:51 — No Comments
Today, IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication and Alcoa Foundation announced the launch of the Powered by Nature competition in which European communications students are challenged to co-create a social media campaign. The goal of the final campaign is to raise awareness of “natural solutions” for energy and encourage the young generation to become "powered by nature". Students will work together with experts from environmental…Continue
Added by Liza Drius on February 12, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments
On 23 April 2006, Issa Kanu died like no man should. His death was a tragic accident, but it had a root in rainforest politics.
Issa Kanu died because chimpanzees escaped from a sanctuary in Sierra Leone. The chimps needed that sanctuary because people had killed their parents and captured the youngsters to sell as pets. Poverty had propelled these people to hunt chimpanzees and widespread logging made it harder for the chimps to hide. Try explaining that to a child.…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on February 4, 2013 at 13:01 — No Comments
Energies renouvelables: Le combat des Terriens responsables
En tant que petites îles insulaires, l’Ile Maurice et l’Ile Rodrigues comme les autres îles de l’océan Indien font face à de nombreux défis : écosystèmes fragiles, vulnérabilité au changement climatique, surface habitable limitée et destruction du patrimoine local, érosion des zones côtières et destruction des coraux en mer, dépendance sur les énergies non-renouvelables (huile lourde et charbon) et dépendance sur les…Continue
Added by BALLGOBIN Dehoutee Vina on February 2, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments
Les "captures" dépassent très largement les " stocks " disponibles dans les océans!
-- Vina Ballgobin
Les océans de la planète Terre sont en grande difficulté à cause de la surpêche. Depuis le début du 20e siècle à ce jour, nous avons perdu environ 90% des espèces capturées. Le cas de la disparition du " bluefin tuna " illustre la gravité de la situation. Capturé et vendu au Japon, aux Etats-Unis et en Europe, cette espèce a été décimée uniquement à cause des…Continue
Citoyens ordinaires vs lobbys capitalistes
Combat pour une politique énergétique alternative
A Maurice, il paraît que les « écologistes » se battent en ce moment contre l’arrivée d’une nouvelle centrale à charbon à Albion... Que signifie cette belle phrase ?
D’abord, il y a les habitants d’Albion. Ils ont commencé par défendre leur environnement car ils craignaient de développer des maladies…Continue
Added by BALLGOBIN Dehoutee Vina on February 2, 2013 at 7:10 — No Comments
Preamble: An immensely significant phase of science is emerging. It explains why things exist the way they do. Its purview includes everything from the tiniest of subatomic particles to plant and animal species, planets and beyond. The explanations are based on observable facts and sound logic. To transfer this…Continue
Added by Ceen Foundation on January 24, 2013 at 7:10 — No Comments
Take the keystone away from an arch and down will tumble the whole structure. Take a keystone species away and — so the concept goes — other species will go extinct too. In his excellent recent feature for Nature, Ed Yong explains how biologist Bob Paine came up with the concept while he studied starfish in the 1960s.
Paine’s keystone species concept “would go on to be…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on January 22, 2013 at 15:55 — No Comments
“The proper way to eat a fig, in society,” wrote DH Lawrence, “is to split it in four, holding it by the stump, and open it, so that it is a glittering, rosy, moist, honied, heavy-petalled four-petalled flower. … But the vulgar way, is just to put your mouth to the crack, and take out the flesh in one bite.”
I’m a vulgar fig-eater. Few things give me more pleasure than when I bite into a ripe one and eat it up. With the right fig, the flavours can be so intense, so rich that it seems…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on January 22, 2013 at 15:52 — No Comments
This is from a recent blog post by Sheldon Wilde Greaves, Founder of Citizen Science League:
"Thousands worldwide participate in citizen science projects, from counting backyard birds to searching for extraterrestrial communication. In-person and online, this popular pastime is evolving from hobby to serious science.
Uncertain future grant funding, the growing…Continue
Added by Michael Bear on January 19, 2013 at 0:14 — No Comments
Photo Credit: Marty Snyderman
Marty Snyderman is the Marine Life Editor and a long time monthly columnist for Dive Training magazine and the…Continue
Added by Michael Bear on January 17, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments
Gola Forest Survey Report
A soci-economic baseline survey conducted by BirdLife International and the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) staff under the European Commission funded “Across The River - A Trans-boundary Peace Park for Sierra Leone and Liberia project” (ARTP), together with the Forest Development Authority (FDA) of Liberia and a team of researchers from a consortium of Wageningen University (Netherlands) and the University of Cambridge (UK) has been…Continue
Added by Amos Smith on December 12, 2012 at 15:11 — No Comments