In June last year, Conservation Today ran a one day public conference – The Open Ground – to raise awareness of issues around biodiversity. Rather bravely I thought, the event aimed to provoke discussion by combining a range of scientific and artistic perspectives. Colleague and fellow science communicator Emma Quilligan at the time wrote up
South Western California is one of the world’s most bio-diverse habitats. The San Gabriel Mountains, north of Los Angeles and south of the Mojave desert, are home to large mammals: including deer, bear, mountain lion and bobcat. Raccoon and skunk are stealthy night-time visitors to the back gardens of residents, who by day enjoy the
Inevitably, spring cleaning and winnowing of the paper archives throws up blasts from the past – often in the form of faded, pre-digital-age photographs. They waft the embers of dormant memories. This memory concerns a charity drive I made with my brother 19 years ago in support of the British Heart Foundation. The Round
Want to reduce your emissions? Forget about the gas guzzler, holidaying at home, or buying local produce; cut your “carbon legacy” and have fewer children, says new research. In recent weeks I’ve attended two public discussions dealing with the big-picture issues of sustainability and balancing development with conservation, and neither of them did much to
Conservation, business, and the Olive Ridley Turtle. This article was originally published at ConservationToday.Org It’s almost exactly a year since I left my job as director for procurement strategy and development at Corus, the Anglo-Dutch steel business owned by India’sTata Steel Group. I have happy memories of meeting Indian colleagues in Kolkota and visiting Tata’s operations at
Some of you may know that in addition to Zoonomian, I’m a contributing editor at ConservationToday.org, the conservation group run by post-graduate students from Imperial College under the leadership of Will Pearse. So it’s a great pleasure now to introduce this first one day conference organised by ConservationToday, and to encourage you to sign up
Well that’s the World Wildlife Fund’s ‘Earth Hour’ over and done with for another year. At least that’s the cynic’s (realists?) view of this annual attempt to get the world’s lights switched off for an hour, on a rolling cycle from 8.30 – 9.30 pm, across the globe. It’s just happened in the UK.
(This piece originally appeared as an editorial in Conservation Today. You can see/hear it elsewhere on this blog by clicking HERE. Check out my latest editorial for Conservation Today for a more manageable (=edited) form of the Jones-Mootnick gibbon interview at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California.
I’ve just returned from the annual British Humanist Association Darwin Day Lecture, this year delivered by Sir David King at a session chaired by Richard Dawkins. King is a former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government, and now heads up a multi-disciplinary organisation tackling climate change – The Smith School of Enterprise and the
(This article originally appeared at conservationtoday.org) Over Christmas, according to the Carbon Neutral Company’s online calculator, my wife and I were responsible for the release of 4.2 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere – our share of a 19000km round trip flight from London to Los Angeles. With two such flights a year, that makes