As if poachers and deforestation weren’t enough to contend with, the incredibly rare...
Chemical Weapons and Suicide Bombers: The Wonderful World of Insect War
Researchers from Imperial College London have discovered that aphids fight off predators with a deadly chemical attack. The insects release a pungent mustard oil bomb to ward off its enemies, mostly ladybirds, and to protect the colony. The aphids
China Conceals 750,000 Pollution Deaths
The Chinese government has forced the World Bank to censor a study into the human cost of pollution in China. Earlier drafts of the report, Cost of Pollution in China: Economic Estimates of Physical Damage had estimated than 750,000 people died
Animal Deaths Ignored, Environmental Disaster?
The past year has seen a number of barely publicized environmental disasters, resulting in the deaths uncountable numbers of marine animals and birds. Most recently, stories have emerged on Shearwater Sea Birds, thousands of which have died on the
Prehistoric Fossil Fish Caught off Zanzibar
Fishermen from Zanzibar have caught a Coelacanth, the ancient fish that has puzzled scientists for decades. The fish, weighing 27kg was caught off the northern tip of the island and was rushed to the institute of marine science. The Coelacanth has
Shell Enters Scramble for Arctic
Shell intends to start drilling for fossil fuels in the Arctic Ocean, it was announced yesterday. Next month, the oil company will send a fleet of ships to the Beaufort Sea off the Alaskan coast to begin exploration. Shell believes that the area
Wild Flowers of the Month
Enchanter’s Nightshade Thrives in moist shady woodland. Its minute white flowers and small round hairy fruits grow along thin, spiky stems. In classical mythology, Circe is said to have used it to turn Odysseus’ men into pigs!
Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It's a Super Butterfly!
A butterfly in the South Pacific has just evolved its way out of extinction in just a year, displaying the fastest evolutionary change yet observed. The blue moon butterfly had been decimated by a parasite, but has now evolved a resistance to the bacteri
Save The Rainforest by Eating Yogurt
Deforestation, and in particular rainforest destruction is a contentious issue; a heated topic. A plethora of popular websites claim to plant trees in exchange for donations, and even Dell has hopped on the bandwagon. When you buy a new computer you can s
Witherspoon Won't Be Back
Catherine Witherspoon, the executive director of California’s air quality board, the body responsible for implementing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s much lauded green policy resigned yesterday throwing California’s environmental initiatives into turmoi