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Author: Andie Hall

The human cost of climate change

Global warming and climate change are seldom out of the news and we’ve suffered some pretty unusual weather lately. Spare a thought for the residents of Kivalina in Alaska who are experiencing its effects first hand – and the devastating consequences.


It’s a tricky topic. How do you decide what to get rid of, what to keep and what to bring back? Who decides it? and what is ‘native’ anyway? It sounds good, but how would it work to benefit the world and all who live here?

What a load of poo…

Poo, stool, faeces, dung, spraint, scat. Whatever you call it, is a goldmine of information for conservation scientists. No, really. You may not realise it, but poo can tell you a lot.

New Year’s Resolution: Recycle!

Christmas is over for another year and the great new-year clear-up is underway, at least in our house. When I think about all the wrapping paper, left over food, unwanted gifts, Christmas trees and all those food containers – that’s a lot of waste! So what can we do about it?

Green Engineering

After recent extreme weather and natural disasters could green engineering be the answer to reducing the effect of future natural events? In this post we take a look at some of the things that are happening around the world and at home in the UK.

How to be a Scientist

Ever wanted to get involved with science studies, but don’t know how? Citizen Science could be for you and your school! You can join in with a whole bunch of exciting science projects. So what are you waiting for? Read this blog, go outside, get online, and be a scientist!

Cutting down trees fuels climate change, biodiversity loss and…Ebola?

Norway announced it was giving $150million in development aid to Liberia, if it ceased deforestation. In the midst of the worst Ebola crisis they have ever seen, you’d think deforestation was the last thing on Liberian minds, but the current outbreak may have been caused, at least in part, by destruction of the West African country’s forests.

If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em?

Organisms are transported all over the world for various reasons, and most of the time, it’s no big deal. But a large and growing number of species are getting out of control. All over the world, animals and plants have begun invading: damaging ecosystems, outcompeting native species and spreading disease. What’s the solution? Culls? Chemicals? […]

From Billions to none

“The wild pigeon, formerly in flocks of millions, has entirely disappeared from the face of the earth…We have given an awful exhibition of slaughter and destruction, which may serve as a warning to all mankind. Let us now give an example of wise conservation of what remains of the gifts of nature.” John F Lacey