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Young gorillas caught dismantling poachers' snares
June 24, 2014 08:00 AM - Danielle Radin, The Ecologist
In the wild, gorillas are turning into primitive engineers as the newest field findings show that some of these large primates have taught themselves how to dismantle poaching traps in Africa. "It's just amazing", says Dr. Patricia Wright, a Primatologist at Stony Brook University in New York with over 27 years anthopological experience. "One of the most extraordinary things that has just happened is that very young gorillas, that are just four years old, have started to take apart traps and snares so that poachers can't catch gorillas."
China and Coal
June 6, 2014 06:56 AM - Alex Kirby, The Ecologist
Coal consumption in China is likely to dwindle rapidly, writes Alex Kirby, leaving its own mining sector and foreign coal exporters in serious trouble. Australia and Indonesia are at greatest risk as China may soon stop importing any coal at all. Investors need to dispel any belief that Chinese coal demand is insatiable, and integrate this transition into their decision-making. Analysts believe that China - the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, accounting for almost half of global consumption - could be close to making an abrupt, drastic change of track.
Fungi Clean Contaminated Soil
May 22, 2014 10:18 AM - The Ecologist, The Ecologist
A new system for cleaning soils contaminated with industrial toxins harnesses the power of White rot - a common fungus that decays fallen wood in forests. Research in Finland shows it can also destroy dioxins and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons.
Antarctica, Australia and Climate Change
May 17, 2014 07:52 AM - Tim Radford, The Ecologist
Rising greenhouse gas levels are causing stronger winds over the Southern Ocean. It's good news for Antarctica, writes Tim Radford, as the circumpolar winds are keeping its ice caps cold. But Australia is getting hotter and drier - and its problems will only increase. The answer to one of the enduring puzzles of global warming - the apparently sluggish response of the Antarctic continent to rising greenhouse gas levels - may have been settled by Australian scientists.
GM food and toxic herbicides
May 11, 2014 09:01 AM - Pat Thomas, The Ecologist
GM crops that resist herbicides are bringing ever higher levels of toxic chemical residues to our food, even mothers' milk, writes Pat Thomas. As the 'endocrine disrupting' effects take place at minute concentrations, there is only one answer - to keep the herbicides off all food crops. If it is accumulating in breastmilk not only is it a danger to mothers, but it is being passed on to their babies as well with potential consequences for their developmental and reproductive health. Question: "How many government officials does it take to make sensible decisions about pesticide regulation?" Answer: "Nobody knows, because it's never been done."
Glyphosate found in breast milk
April 28, 2014 11:13 AM - Editor, The Ecologist
A pilot study of American mothers' milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops. In the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse have found 'high' levels in three out of the ten samples tested.
Are Large Dams Economical?
April 23, 2014 08:51 AM - Editor, The Ecologist
A study of 245 large dams carried out at Oxford University shows that big hydropower is uneconomic. Actual costs are typically double pre-construction estimates - and have not improved over 70 years. Researchers at Oxford University have found that planners and policymakers systematically underestimate the costs and time required to implement large dam projects.
Electric car numbers double in one year
April 16, 2014 09:10 AM - Editor, The Ecologist
There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind. The number of electrically powered automobiles worldwide climbed to just over 400,000 in early 2014. This figure was determined in an analysis conducted by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg (ZSW).
Smog alerts for Europe
April 4, 2014 04:21 PM - Rob MacKenzie, The Ecologist
The UK news media has been buzzing with reports of air pollution alerts associated, at least in part, with the long-range transport of dust from the Sahara. Colleagues from Africa have asked why we in the UK are worried about the health effects of a relatively rare occurrence of this long-range dust all the way across Europe, when African countries experience dust storms of much higher intensity almost daily at some times of year.
Los humedales y las emisiones de metano
March 25, 2014 11:35 AM - Tim Radford, The Ecologist, The Ecologist
Los cientÃficos creen que la cantidad de metano emitido a la atmÃ³sfera desde los ecosistemas de agua dulce aumentarÃ¡ a medida que el clima se calienta, informa Tim Radford. Y eso va a provocar un mayor calentamiento. Esto destaca otro mecanismo por el cual el ciclo global del carbono puede acelerar, en lugar de mitigar, el cambio climÃ¡tico futuro.