Environment and Ecology

Climate Change in Africa - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Nov 01, 2009

We need to have it spelt out. Africa will be hit hard as the effects of climate change fall disproportionately on the world’s poorest people and countries. Camilla Toulmin’s book Climate Change in Africa surveys those effects and focuses on the adaptation measures needed to lessen the impact of what lies ahead. She endorses the [...] … Read More

Science news haikus - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Oct 30, 2009

In the spirit of the scientific abstract: Science news haikus Science Groundwater recharge How it changes with climate Could be good or bad Virtual water Maps inefficienct usage In SADC New Zealand CRI taskforce Purpose, governance, funding Bring home the bacon Wild rivers campaign Advocating solitions … Read More

Obama’s new pathways for power - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Oct 29, 2009

Barack Obama is matching his words with action. Four days after his MIT speech on renewable energy he has announced, under the Recovery Act,  $3.4 billion in grants to improve the US electricity grid. The grants go to 100 partners with plans to install smart grid technologies in their area. The government money will be matched [...] … Read More

Orokonui Ecosanctuary to open - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Oct 29, 2009

After more than 20 years of dreaming, planning and pure hard work the Orokonui Ecosanctuary will be officially opened this Friday. The 307 hectare block of land is situated near Waitati in the Blueskin Bay catchment, just a short drive from Dunedin. The opening marks the completion of the Visitor and Education Centre – a fine demonstration of eco-building. Read More

How is human noise affecting the environment? - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 29, 2009

There is no question that human activities create noise pollution, and that we humans find some of these noises rather stressful: There is nothing like a quiet afternoon in Snell’s Beach being interrupted by the blazing noise of motor boats in the water. But how this noise affect other animals is the issue brought up [...] … Read More

Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 28, 2009

While searching for something interesting to write about I visited PLoS One, an open-access journal. Right at the top of the list of Most Recent Articles was Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time, which you have to say is something of an attention-getting article title… A quick search reveals that unfortunately Ed Yong, … Read More

Peter Gleick on peak water - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Oct 27, 2009

In an analogous way to peak oil, peak water refers to a peak in the production of usable water. There are differences, sure: water is mostly renewable. But where water is essentially non-renewable, such as with fossil groundwater, the analogy is spot on. Where water is renewable, the analogy is still very useful. The peak denotes the point where the … Read More