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06/15/2017 10:40 AM Rainforest Alliance and UTZ reinvented to fight against climate change. How will Paris be implemented? Will farming be a major player in preserving our environment as we feed more people than ever existed? The questions for future generations will be thorny, but the rainforest is a thorny clue about conserving what we have left!We're looking forward to seeing how the new NGO copes with expansion as the politics of climate mitigation progresses. 06/01/2017 07:45 PM UK supermarkets must take lead in tackling plastic pollution After banning free plastic bags, can stores begin the process of cutting out all plastic packaging? The alternatives could be much less damaging to our health, our fertility, our wildlife and even our genetic constitution! 05/19/2017 11:15 AM Myanmar shines with intact forest, but will this biodiversity be conserved? How can we conserve the beauty of the largest remaining rainforest in Asia? This tract of land, divided by the dry interior, stretches across the Thai border at one end and connects with Indian reserves at the other. Answers to the everlasting problems of conservation must include governance, proper transparency and perhaps most important, grassroots participation at many levels. 05/10/2017 11:39 AM Dingo rules - both kangaroos and nutrient supplies. Can we persuade sheep farmers to let in the dingo, so that kangaroos can stop noshing all the delicate vegetation? Now there is further evidence that the natural control of herbivores transfers nutrients around the whole landscape. The dingo seems to be a prime conservator too. 04/27/2017 09:16 AM Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature! The tree swallow has magnificent migrations, like many of its ilk. The Alaskan warming however is more drastic than the rest of the continent, like Arctic regions elsewhere, so how does that influence the swallowâ€™s â€śphenology?â€ť 04/18/2017 10:16 AM Bees succeed against the odds, even when solitary. What are those small fliers hanging about the wall or the bank? They are not hoverflies because they seem to have nest holes, yet they donâ€™t sting or buzz much either! The solitary bees and the mining bees are just one branch of the great bankers of our fruit tree heritage. They, along with the humble Bumblers, form a major corporation of the pollinators. Hereâ€™s a (very) brief life of little Andrena, plagued by cuckoos who are fellow bees. This does remind you of the commercial world ofgrab and takewhen you can! 04/12/2017 11:15 AM Mountains of men in the Dinaric Alps-a study worthy of work in several more regions. The Dutch, the Bosnians, the Scots, the Poles? Which army of men provided the tallest soldiers in those monotonous bloody battles? That fraught argument provided the grist in the past for discussion and possibly wars, but the genetics (and the food) has improved our knowledge. We now understand a little of what our Neolithic cultures have given us through migrations and the haplotypes that people carried with them. 03/29/2017 11:45 AM Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild. How will we view the current conservation crisis in the future. Tigers, like it or not, are at the forefront of poaching and habitat preservation. We will be judged on whether this is an oversight in counting Indochinese tigers or a genuine result of conservators who struggle to maintain the worldâ€™s great rainforests and often die in the attempt. Armed poachers are matched rarely in firepower by rangers and wardens, so protection here may involve more than patrolling. The cameras need to reveal faces and the legal profession needs to get busy on very heavy punishment for those who operate for the ugliest of all motives - greed. 03/23/2017 12:25 PM Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants The rocky pools of Maine are the centre of attention in the scientific world for once. How the many interactions work gives insight into the most complex ecosystems on earth, like the coral reefs or the terrestrial examples in rainforest. Crab and whelk, winkle and seaweed all collaborate in the winner eats all scenario of these wonderful pools. An artificial mesocosm provides the experimental basis for the investigation of real rock pools, with these food webs providing evidence of the full facts for the first time. 03/20/2017 10:59 AM The Tempo of Evolution is revealed on Hawaii If we take a group of islands that suffer from regular volcanic creation and then erosion back into the sea, can we gather invaluable information about how life evolves generally to fill available habitats in other biomes---- ? The answer seems to be YES we can. 03/15/2017 10:50 AM Army ants tolerate multiple evolutions of beetle mimics The daring explorer ventures near the dangerous predator at his peril, but this is the army ant, so there are fascinating â€śguestsâ€ť and although the danger is real, we can avoid the worst of the bites. The reward is genomes that tell us new stories of parallels and evolutionary successes in these impenetrable, dense forests. 03/06/2017 10:59 AM Nations that are cleaning up ---- part 1! What can China avoid polluting that we canâ€™t. Well itâ€™s possible that even greater carbon footprints will quickly be trodden if events follow mazy paths in many places. 02/22/2017 11:40 AM Nissan Electric recruit Margot Robbie The future of trucks and buses is the mundane work of Nissan Electric and other enterprising manufacturers. The glamour of a fast, light electric car is there to be exploited however, and who better than our Margot! 02/15/2017 11:20 AM Auks transform Arctic ecosystems. The great auk was gobbled up by sailors. Now the importance of such species is highlighted in a study proving how the barren wastes are transformed into a â€śgreenâ€ť land where Inuits and Vikings found a haven. 02/08/2017 11:28 AM Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India Tiger, leopard and dhole! Carnivores, large and small, govern resources across the whole spectrum of natural habitats, whether terrestrial or marine. Here they interact to give real meaning to the word ecology. Camera traps are proving invaluable for relieving our ignorance of all communities of animals and plants, whether threatened like these, or simply our local wood. We love the tiger, Panthera tigris, the leopard, Panthera pardus and the dhole, Cuon alpinus, (http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/dhole-cuon-alpinus/2076/ ) and you can read that from our frequent stories on them! Here we study them as an unusual grouping, now called a carnivore guild.