Fires in Brazil’s Amazon Surge to Highest Rate in 13 Years JUL 02, 2020 In Brazil, new government data show fires in the Amazon region jumped by 20% in June to a 13-year high for the month. Campaigners say most of the fires were deliberately set by illegal miners and cattle ranchers, with the encouragement […]
Outrage has replaced reason in the debate surrounding biodiversity and poisoned the way we talk about workable solutions.
From The Los Angeles Times (Sammy Roth): If, like me, you live in Los Angeles — or Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix or Salt Lake City — you drink water from the Colorado River. You probably eat vegetables grown with Colorado River water, and maybe you eat beef fed on alfalfa grown with Colorado River water. […]
News Release from Freiburg University A three-dimensional network of fibers makes the bark resistant to fire and rock fall The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) has developed effective strategies to protect itself against external influences in its natural environment in the Sierra Nevada. Its bark ensures that the tree survives wild fires and rock fall almost […]
Melaniparus (Parus) niger One of the trickiest birds to photograph in South Africa in my personal opinion, owing to the seemingly tireless fashion with which they move while foraging through the trees, is the Southern Black Tit. It is a bird most closely associated with woodlands dominated by broad-leaved trees and less commonly found in […]
ScienceDaily reports While sifting through fossil soils in the Catskill region near Cairo, New York, researchers uncovered the extensive root system of 385-million-year-old trees that already appeared to have leaves and wood. The finding is the first piece of evidence that the transition toward forests as we know them today began earlier in the Devonian Period […]
ScienceDaily reports Study points to existing roots, not new growth: Scientists can’t see underground, but computational models are providing a new way to investigate how root systems might be changing As the world warms, a new study is helping scientists understand how coniferous forests may respond to drought. The research addresses a classic question in the […]
In many areas, Australia’s temperate zones and coastal ecosystems have been extensively altered, many wetlands have been degraded. Climate change, and introduced plants and animals (invasives), are the agents of the radical changes that are tearing through Australia’s environment. The result? Dramatic declines in the distribution and abundance of many species, with natural resources such […]
This video says about itself: 25 September 2017 Follow along as National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan hikes through Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda in search of Dian Fossey’s famed [mountain] gorillas.
Amauris albimaculata The sedate and elegant Layman inhabits forests, woodlands and savannas, occurring from the Eastern Cape through Kwazulu Natal into the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and from there as far north as Cameroon and Ethiopia. They fly slow and high, descending only to feed on flowers and alkaloids seeping from damaged and wilted […]