City College of New York researchers led by chemist George John have developed an eco-friendly biodegradable green “herding” agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water. Derived from the plant-based small molecule phytol abundant in the marine environment, the new substance would potentially replace …..
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Trees that can tolerate soil pollution are also better at defending themselves against pests and pathogens. “It looks like the very act of tolerating chemical pollution may give trees an advantage from biological invasion,” says Dr Frederic E. Pitre of the University of Montreal and one of the researchers behind …..
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South African Government Acknowledges Possible Trade in Rhino Horn. South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has formally acknowledged the receipt of an open letter that voices concerns over a possible proposal to reopen international trade in rhino horn. Rhinos are in decline from high rates of poaching for their …..
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The Amazon rainforest is the largest on earth. Its biodiversity is unparalleled, it is crucial to the stability of the global climate, and it is home to many indigenous peoples. But for its immense size and importance, the Amazon is also incredibly vulnerable. In the past three decades alone, human …..
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Approximately every 100,000 years Earth’s climate warms up temporarily. These warm periods, called interglacial periods, appear to last approximately 15,000 to 20,000 years before regressing back to a cold ice age climate. At year 18,000 and counting our current interglacial vacation from the Ice Age is closer to its end …..
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We have been wanting to put together our own Rhino Poaching Timeline Statistics for South Africa between 2000 and 2015. The reason for this is that most South African’s listen to the news but do not actually listen, hear or remember what was said yesterday, least of all 10 years …..
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South Africa’s Karoo region has been in the headlines in recent years because of the prospect of a controversial fracking programme to exploit its potential shale gas resources. But, to palaeontologists, the Karoo Supergroup’s rocks hold the key to understanding the early evolutionary history of the major groups of land …..
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Facts About The Sand Cat – Felis margarita. The Sand Cat occurs at low densities and is often described as rare (Nowell and Jackson 1996, Sunquist and Sunquist 2002, Sliwa in press). Listed as Near Threatened due to concern over potential low population size and decline. The sand cat appears to have a markedly patchy and disjunct distribution.
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