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Like ecosystems the world over, the human microbiome is losing its diversity, to the potential detriment of the health of those it inhabits.July 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm #14129July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #14132
Among those in Schedule 9 are six native species that have already been re-established in Britain (the capercaillie, the common crane, the red kite, the goshawk, the white-tailed eagle and the wild boar); two that are tentatively beginning to return (the night heron and the eagle owl); and four that have been here all along (the barn owl, the corncrake, the chough and the barnacle goose). All these, it seems, are now to be classified as non-native, and potentially subject to eradication or control.
After the usual orotund time-wasting by aristocratic layabouts (“my ancestor Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, who was known as the great Sir Ewen … killed the last wolf in Scotland” etc), the minister promoting the bill, Baroness Kramer, made it clear that the drafting was no accident. All extinct species, it appears, are to be treated as non-native and potentially invasive. At no point did she mention any of the benefits their re-establishment might bring, such as restoring ecological function and bringing wonder and delight and enchantment back to this depleted land.July 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm #14142July 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm #14149
World’s largest aquatic insectJuly 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm #14150July 26, 2014 at 2:51 am #14172July 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm #14174July 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm #14180
Vital invertebrates decline by 45 per cent, study findsJuly 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm #14197August 2, 2014 at 2:55 am #14249August 3, 2014 at 1:26 am #14265August 4, 2014 at 4:50 am #14278
Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles
The decrease in invertebrate numbers is due to two main factors – habitat loss and climate disruption on a global scale. In the UK alone, scientists noted the areas inhabited by common insects such as beetles, butterflies, bees and wasps saw a 30-60% decline over the last 40 years.August 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm #14369
Incredible journey: one wolf’s migration across Europe
There are lots of data about long-distance dispersal of wolves but there are very few cases where we have had the opportunity to follow an animal in such detail. Following Slavc across Europe offered a rare insight into the secret life of the wolf. It was one of the most amazing events in my life.August 12, 2014 at 11:40 am #14375August 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm #14394August 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm #14506August 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm #14508August 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm #14510
dunno, marmot ?August 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm #14511August 19, 2014 at 5:37 am #14524
Chirolophis saitone, Warbonnet, Ornamented blenniesAugust 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm #14543
Africa’s elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests.
Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent.August 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm #14583
Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden
Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered.August 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm #14600
Amphibians Species on Brink of Exctinction!August 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm #14607August 26, 2014 at 10:31 am #14658
The 1,300 Bird Species Facing Extinction Signal Threats to Human HealthAugust 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm #14664August 27, 2014 at 5:50 am #14679August 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm #14688
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