Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/25/lonesome-george?INTCMP=SRCH). George, as the last of his kind, was regarded as the rarest of animals but, in essence, the fate of his sub-species was determined long before George's going into his shell for the last time. The miniscule amount of genetic diversity evident, even if he had elected to breed, would have condemned his line and breeding would have involved hybridisation with a related sub-species.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
http://www.uncsd2012.org/). Most of the 'big player' politicians have gone to concurrent meetings on the current economic crisis. This is understandable, as politicians in democracies crave to be elected and one is unlikely to be re-elected if promising declining living standards and an end to 'economic growth'. The sad fact is that one cannot get improvements in material wealth for all in a world where the total population continues to escalate. People with a meaningful vote are not likely to vote for pauperisation of themselves and their families even if this benefits the countries' finances or makes the banking sector more stable (it's simply not Darwinian).
Monday, 18 June 2012
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/13/dingoes-azaria-chamberlain-autstralia-judgment?INTCMP=SRCH). Rather than attempting to eradicate 'dangerous' animals (only too late, was it recognised that Dingoes are powerful and intelligent predators introduced from South-East Asia around 4000 years ago), viable ecology requires people to act intelligently around Dingoes, Great white sharks and Saltwater crocodiles etc. This applies also to some of the small critters such as the Black widow spider.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
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