Last night China presented a dazzling display of fireworks and acrobatics to a crowd of...
Attenborough's Echidna Reprieved
It had been thought that the long-beaked echidna, Zaglossus attenboroughi, named after the television naturalist and living national treasure, was extinct. But following reported recent sightings by local tribespeople in the Cyclops Mountains of
Environmental Burials: a Step Too Far?
Deciding how a friend or relative would want their body to be treated after their death is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions that most people have to make, and whilst attempting to figure out how best to follow “What he would have wante
Okay Punk, so you want to recycle your rubbish?
By DAVID NEWNHAM I am as green as the next person. In fact, on a good day, in the right light and with a warm southwesterly breeze behind me, I am probably greener. See that man at the bottle bank, feeding in more empties than he care
Doing it for Devon - Global Warming Video
This is quite a funny global warming awareness video, featuring some good old-fashioned innuendo from the residents of Devon. The aim of the advert is to make the county’s inhabitants acknowledge ways in which they can reduce their carbon footprint
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought Special
Image: shellorz Today, on UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, we want to take a look at the causes of desertification and its effects. Dust storms, for example, affect mos
Everest Highway Going Nowhere Fast
The Chinese government has seen sense and decided not to run a tarmac highway halfway up Mount Everest. The road, replacing an older dirt track, was to have reached 17,000 ft up the world’s tallest mountain. The authorities had argued that the roa
The Real Nosferatu – scientists claim that fruit bats are the cause of the deadly viruses Marburg and Ebola.
We’ve all seen it in horror movies, the archetypal black bat, who suddenly morphs into human form, retaining its sharp teeth, lunging for and infecting its victim. The truth unfortunately, is just as horrifying. Scientists claim that a specific type of
Whole Foods, Empty Marks and Spencer?
Europe’s Biggest “Organic Supermarket” opened in London yesterday. At 80,000 square feet, 10,000 products and 500 staff, the High Street Kensington building is huge and – what’s more – it claims to revolutionise the way we buy food
Illegal abortion chemical used to distress denim in Mexico
Factories in Mexico dedicated to “distressing” jeans in the trend for worn and faded denim are releasing chemicals into the soil and damaging crops and water supplies. The Tehuacán valley in central Mexico, once known as the “city of health” for its mi