Linking Journalism with the Web of Life
Who’s that hiding in the trees? It’s a Bornean orangutan, an ape with an unhappy history and an uncertain future.
I saw this orangutan and several others when I took a recent boat journey past Kaja Island in the Rungan River of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The 40-plus orangutans on the island are ‘rehabs’ — creatures that have been confiscated from poachers, found orphaned or rescued from homes where as pets they were subjected to a diet of noodles…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on February 7, 2012 at 15:17 — No Comments
It’s a biologist’s dream — a rock band that’s named after plankton and makes conservation cool.
Navicula means small ship in Latin. It is the name shared by an estimated 10,000 species of microscopic algae that are part of the larger group called diatoms that forms the basis of freshwater and marine food chains.
These tiny plankton produce about a quarter of all the oxygen we breathe. They feed the tiny…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on January 25, 2012 at 12:50 — No Comments
If the ground beneath my feet last week could talk, it could tell a long story of land and logging, crime and conservation — the kind of story that defines rainforest politics.
I had come to Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia to learn about its potential to protect the Bornean orang-utan, a species whose total population is so small it could not fill all the seats at a World Cup football stadium.
The park is immense. It covers…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on January 19, 2012 at 15:12 — No Comments
There were 50 ape experts in a room and a quick game to play to break the ice. “If you agree with the statement, go to the left side of the room,” said the facilitator. “If you disagree go to the right.”
She then unveiled eight simple words that split the room in two: “Local poverty is the main threat to apes.”…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on January 19, 2012 at 15:10 — No Comments
I’m not religious but I was moved by the force of what Bishop Geoff Davies said as his gentle voice of faith stormed into a thunder that rolled across the room and bounced off its walls.
“It’s extreme heresy,” he boomed. “And it must be proclaimed as such.”
Added by Mike Shanahan on January 3, 2012 at 12:55 — No Comments
Take a look at these two photographs and play spot the difference.
To my mind, the top photo shows a forest. It is dense and diverse, a home to hundreds of species of trees, hundreds of species of bird and mammals and reptiles and fish, and many thousands of other forms of life that it would take a lifetime to…Continue
In 1997 a British barrister uttered three words that left my sister and me speechless and gave us a glimpse of the future.
As we walked along a road in Jersey, he stopped and asked: “What is that?”
His voice was more shrill than normal and his eyes were wide open. He looked like a child who had just seen his first rainbow.
As his arm stretched out to point at a bird that had landed nearby, my sister and I were stunned to realise that he did…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on July 19, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments
Will rising seas flood many shrimp farms out of business and drown what is left of the world’s mangroves, or can these forests play an important role in stabilising the temperature?
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Added by Mike Shanahan on May 10, 2011 at 16:04 — No Comments
The International Institute for Environment and Development is pleased to share six new films about the future of forests, and announce a forthcoming webinar where you can discuss the films with the team that made them and viewers from around the world.
The films are free for you to use on…
Added by Mike Shanahan on April 19, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments
Are you an African press officer?
If so, check out this capacity-building workshop during the World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar in June. There are some travel bursaries available.....
This all-day event aims to improve media coverage relating to African science, particularly in the fields of science and medicine, by providing targeted training and networking for press officers from African research institutes. It will utilise the…Continue
Added by Mike Shanahan on March 11, 2011 at 16:05 — No Comments
Voting is open for the Climate Change Communicator of the Year award for activities in 2010.
The nominees include our Climate Change Media Partnership programme (set up by IIED, Internews and Panos). You can read our full nomination text below, and you can vote online here: http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/award.cfm
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In it he explains why more than a billion forest-dependent poor will probably not see 2011 that way and why local control is key to the…Continue
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