August 2007 - Scribol.com

Extreme weather destroys Great Wall of China

  It’s a huge part of the national psyche. Rumours abound that it can be seen from space (it generally can’t). Kafka wrote a short story about it. But now the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that parts of the wall are being destroyed – not by the Mongolian hordes it was built to deter, …

Epidemic threatens Mediterranean dolphins

It has been a difficult summer for the Mediterranean. As we reported a few weeks ago, its beaches have been plagued by swarms of jellyfish, the surge in numbers attributed to over-fishing of predators and warmer seas due to climate change. Now environmentalists have been shocked by dozens of dead dolphin corpses washing up on …

Hedgehogs now endangered

The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), a document compiled by more than 500 wildlife experts and one of the most highly respected reference sources on UK endangered wildlife, has included hedgehogs and house sparrows among species requiring protection. The number of endangered species has doubled since the first BAP was launched in 1997. However, the latest …

UK opposition finally taking climate change seriously

Liberal Democrat party published a groundbreaking blueprint for climate change reform yesterday, to the relief of environmentalists who finally see a mainstream political party giving green issues the attention they deserve. Party Leader Sir Menzies Campbell explained that climate change needed to move up the political agenda, pointing to extreme weather in Australia, the New …