Browsing All posts tagged under »forests«

Operation millenii – Day 71

May 13, 2012

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This morning two of the staff from the B&B – Lucy and Maria – and myself took a matatu to Hoima. It’s a town about 40km from Biiso and it’s bigger than Masindi but not as bustling. The road there is very bad and the journey is painful. The taxi stops at every village en […]

East Africa’s worst drought – or is this the shape of things to come?

July 8, 2011

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At eight forty-five this morning I was on a train heading out of London to Cambridge. I squeezed into a seat sandwiched between wide-eyed, anxious teenagers and their somewhat smug parents. After all even if your kid is bright enough to get into the historic university, you still need some serious cash to afford the […]

Snap happy monkeys discover photography

July 6, 2011

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The Infinite Monkey Theorem suggests that if you put an infinite number of monkeys at typewriters, eventually after hitting random keys one will eventually bash out the complete script of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Some scientists believe this theory is flawed following research that was carried out in 2003, but mathematicians say the theorem is a metaphor. The probability […]

Natives’ beef with cattle firm leads to law suit

April 13, 2011

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying very hard to get some revision in every day. My end of year exam is fast approaching and I don’t want to have to resort to my childhood technique of cramming the night before. I’m too old and  I’ve lost too many brain cells through alcohol abuse to even […]

Beaten into submission

April 11, 2011

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It’s an image that would stir emotion in even the most hardened of hearts. What on earth would possess someone to do this to another living organism? This photograph was printed in yesterday’s UK newspaper News of the World, and is a clear example of man’s capacity to harm in the most primitive way. I […]

Captive orangutans in Indonesia may be released back to the wild

March 7, 2011

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A half-century ago, more than three-quarters of Indonesia, was blanketed in plush tropical rainforest. But today it’s a different story; the growing demand to feed the world with  pulp, paper and more recently palm oil (which is used in everything from lipstick and soap to “clean-burning” fuel) has seen half those trees destroyed leaving the organtuan […]

Nénette – Paris zoo’s oldest Madame

February 14, 2011

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She’s an ageing red-head, who’s had three “husbands” and four kids, but Nénette’s life is far from fulfilled. Unlike most Parisian women her age, she is not a lady of leisure, she is in fact a prisoner in her own home. The 40-year orangutan is the subject of the latest documentary by Nicolas Philibert, famed for […]

Music to my ears

January 26, 2011

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I started learning the Joanna (piano, for those unfamiliar with Cockney-Rhyming slang) age 6. The sight and sound of those shiny black and white keys was both intriguing as well magical. Although I don’t play that much any more, I’ve developed a better appreciation for classical music now, than I ever had before. My favourite instrument has always […]

Indonesia delays on bilateral deal to save rainforests

January 6, 2011

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At the start of this year, the Indonesian Forestry Ministry announced plans to help keep its virgin forests intact by offering land concessions to companies to use previously logged areas. It’s part of a two-year moratorium with Norway, which will pay Indonesia (one billion dollars) for proven emissions reductions. Everything seems to come with a price tag these […]

Leakey’s Angels

December 10, 2010

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Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was a British archaeologist whose work was important in establishing human evolutionary  development in Africa. He was born in British East Africa, what is now known as Kenya. He developed an early interest in prehistory, which he combined with his love of the continent. The paleoanthropological research he and his family did, […]