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Drilling stopped in Virunga National Park but for how long?

June 12, 2014

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As I prepared to board a flight to East Africa yesterday news that oil exploration within Africa’s oldest national park had been suspended broke. The environmental charity WWF was claiming this as its own hard-fought victory. It follows endless campaigning and celebrity endorsement which the NGO believes helped to safeguard the Democratic Republic of Congo’s […]

Iranian space monkey grounded

October 4, 2011

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  In the early days of space exploration animals were sent into space because scientists didn’t know if humans would survive. Some of our closest cousins have boldly been where many of us may never go. In a year when America has seen its space shuttles go into retirement, Iran’s Space Organisation has been firing […]

Tourists in Morocco pose a threat to an endangered species of monkey

June 28, 2011

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Can you believe it’s almost July? Where on earth has the last six months gone? Soon schools will be breaking up and families will be descending on the airports in their droves for their summer getaway. While every government welcomes tourism and the money it can generate for the country; especially in these difficult economic […]

Premature births could be associated with the evolution of the species

April 16, 2011

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My two younger cousins are both having a baby – by some strange coincidence their wives have become pregnant around the same time. That’s one way to avoid sibling rivalry. As wonderful as the news is, it puts me yet again in the “why is she not married and with child?” spotlight. The recession it […]

Is it SAFE…….?

April 10, 2011

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……Now there’s a question. In the words of Lawrence Olivier as the exiled Nazi war criminal from the classic 1970’s film Marathon Man, it’s a question and now a new scientific acronym that today’s conservationists are also struggling with (minus the pliers). SAFE (Species Ability to Forestall Extinction) is the latest method that Australian researchers from the […]

The (not so) guilty pleasure of holidays

April 4, 2011

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I’d like to think I’m not an ‘over-the-shoulder-reader’ when I travel on the tube. I find it really irksome when other people do it to me and I often want to turn and say, “Have you quite finished, can I turn the page now?!” I always carry a book or pick up a free paper […]

Monkeying about in the Caribbean

March 29, 2011

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A dear friend and night shift colleague, Merlin (he is a wizard when it comes to anything to do with computers) has just come back from the Caribbean island of Barbados after proposing to his long-term girlfriend (aaaah!!). It seems the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters painted the perfect setting he needed for […]