Challenging Habitat

Once more, I joined the sail training tall ship Pelican of London for STEM at SEA education voyages with Sail Training Ireland youngsters on board. We have a little more time than usual in Dublin and we make the best of the glorious sunshine with some science on the beach…

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The ultimate rock music has been created! Whether or not you’re a fan, it’s worth reading on…

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For many decades, we’ve released too much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and for some decades, scientists have developed and tested geoengineering solutions for the consequences of increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

Today, the online version of Science reported yet another approach…that once more shows that there is nothing such as a free lunch.

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I don’t usually share personal experiences here, but for the benefit of prickly wildlife, I’ll make an exception today.

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the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) state that around 50,000 wild species are used by humans through hunting, fishing, gathering, logging and harvesting, as well as observing. Around 20% of humanity rely on wild species for income and food (IPBES Report).

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We are celebrating the 250th birthday of Luke Howard, the man who named the clouds. Besides studying languages, pharmacy and natural sciences, he was an ‘amateur’ meteorologist. The Royal Meteorological Society is marking his contribution to the field with an article in their journal Weather and holds many of his watercolour studies of clouds, which are presented and discussed in more detail in the Science Museum Group Journal.

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As scientist I spent many years finding out how human activity (in my case, metal mining) affects soil, water and organisms, how pollutants move and change in the environment, where they finish up.

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