Unravelling the ‘Jaws’ myth

Scientists have long had a (debatedly) unhealthy fascination for potentially dangerous wild animals. A curiosity for anything with sharp teeth, claws, fangs, tusks, and an instinct for survival so strong they could easily shred you to pieces. Call it the thrill of danger , or the strange excitement stemming from being upclose with some of the world’s most lethal predators. […]

2050 – the year plastic will outnumber fish

Warning: this article contains photos of animals which readers may find unsettling. Yes you read that right, according to research by the World Economic Forum, by 2050 you are more likely to bump into some plastic than a fish whilst taking a dip in the big blue [1]. Plastics are one of the most versatile […]

Illegal loggers stopped in their tracks

Imagine you’re in a rainforest… what would you hear? Pessimists would say the chuckles of poachers and illegal loggers with the depressing roar of a chainsaw. But really think, is that what you would hear? In reality, there’s the chittering of insects, cawing of rhinoceros hornbill, chirping of cicadas and howling of gibbons which summate […]

Welcome to my blog…and how to cure Nature Deficit Disorder

First of all let me take the chance to thank you for clicking on this link to my new blog, “Wildlife Warrior”, with Sci@StAnd. My major hope is that this blog will help to inspire you to do your bit for our planet’s wildlife, as well as being interesting, fun and thought-provoking! Each week or […]

Tiny Robots Could Suck Carbon Dioxide from the Oceans

Tiny machines, smaller than the width of a single human hair, have been designed at the University of California, San Diego, that could be used to rid the oceans of carbon dioxide pollution, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. The team of researchers, led by distinguished nanoengineering professor and chair Joseph Wang, have […]

China and US Reach Historic Climate Change Agreement

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both set new climate change goals for their countries after they met in Beijing earlier this week. The two countries are currently the highest contributors to greenhouse gases and combined produce about 45% of the world’s carbon dioxide.[1] Barack Obama has set a goal for […]

Wolves on the Prowl in Paris

Despite being hunted to extinction in France in the 1920s, a small population has grown in the country after they crept back from Italy a decade ago and two wolves were recently spotted just 40 miles outside of Paris.[1] Recent data estimates around 300 wolves currently reside in France, spread into 25 packs across the French Alps. […]

Jaws: The Deadly Myth

We have all seen, or at least heard of, the famous thriller/horror film Jaws. It induced nightmares and possibly a hatred of sharks in the general public, so that today people still seem to think that these sleek predators are terrifying, prolific man-eaters that Jaws portrays them to be. I think it is high time people understood the truth. Recently […]

3 Million Cubic Metres of Mud to be Dumped on Great Barrier Reef

On December 10, 2013 the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) approved plans for the dredge material from Abbot Point – a coal terminal off the coast of north-east Queensland – to be disposed of in the Marine Park area. Whilst the Australian government and mining companies hope that the expansion of Abbot Point will […]

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