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South African professor slams climate change as ‘world’s biggest distraction’

Climate change is probably the world’s biggest distraction and not its biggest and most immediate challenge, which belongs to clean water, says Professor Grant Cawthorn. Cawthorn, Wits University’s School of Geosciences Platinum Industry Igneous Petrology professor, contends that the lack of fresh water will have a much greater global impact than a “one or two […]

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Why Most Of Our “Natural” Disasters Aren’t Natural At All

From the point of view of many humans, the term “natural disaster” is a convenient scapegoat because it allows a person (or a whole nation) to blame nature for their own poor planning. Wherever we find so-called “natural disasters” around the world (such as Brazil at the moment), we also usually find a large group […]

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R9 million for waterweed research

The Rhodes Zoology and Entomology Department has been awarded a R9 million contract by the Working For Water (WFW) Programme of the Department of Water and Environment to continue its vital research into biological methods of controlling some of South Africa’s worst invasive waterweeds. South Africa loses nine percent of its precious water runoff to […]

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Mass Animal Deaths Around the World

Dead Birds Fall from Sky, Millions of Fish & Crabs Wash Ashore As you’re likely aware, there’s been a pretty bizarre spate of mass animal deaths reported around the world. First, it was the thousands of birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve. Some 100,000 fish also washed up on […]

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Light pollution, the environment and climate change

The issue of light pollution sprang to mind again tonight after reading about some cosmic events I’d really like to see. Sadly, many people never even get to see the true night sky due to light pollution.  Imagine what night time on this planet would have looked like from space just a few hundred years […]

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Can we save polar bears by moving them to Antarctica?

Answered by polar bear scientist Scott Schliebe of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “Although it may seem an obvious solution, the risks outweigh the benefits.” Q. I am writing concerning the plight of polar bears due to sea-ice loss in the Arctic. It occurs to me that one possible way out, that I have […]

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Magic Mushrooms Replace Polystyrene

If Eben Bayer has his way the evil that is extruded polystyrene foam, generally referred to as Styrofoam, will be replaced by mushrooms in the next few years. Polystyrene is in everything: packaging materials, coffee cups, takeout containers, insulation, even flotation devices. Made in part from petroleum, polystyrene is basically indestructible and thus non-biodegradable – […]

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Scientists: Haiti’s wildlife faces mass extinction

The loss of amphibian species is often the first warning sign that an ecosystem is in grave danger. Haiti may be headed for a massive extinction event, one comparable to the sudden disappearance of dinosaurs, a group of biologists from Penn State warns. The group is currently taking action to prevent this loss. Blair Hedges, […]

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Monsanto News Roundup: A Bad Seed

Monsanto has been making headlines again. It seems Monsanto, the agri-biotech mega-corp, is a bad seed indeed. Where to start? First off, sugar beets. This super sweet variety beet is used in 44 percent of all U.S. sugar production. After the USDA approved planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds genetically altered to withstand Roundup […]

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