Entries in ecosystem (10)

Tuesday
Apr242018

Salmon Is More Than A Sushi  Ingredient

Image adapted from original by U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceSalmon are an incredible species. Besides their pivotal role in the ecosystem and matter cycling, they are an important cultural symbol of some aboriginal communities where they bear spiritual meaning. However, wild salmon populations are declining due to habitat loss, overfishing and interbreeding with genetically modified fish escaping from farms.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Don’t Krill My Vibe: How Human Demand For Krill Is Threatening Antarctic  Ecosystems

Image adapted from original by Uwe KilsRecent demand for krill based products has alerted the attention of environmental organisations such as Greenpeace who are determined to curb the trend. Krill are crucial players in the Antarctic food chain; feeding primarily on algae they support a vast web of life from Adélie penguins to blue whales.

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Plant Profile -  Cacti

The Cactus is well known for having unique qualities which helps it to survive in extreme heat and the desert, but that’s not the only reason this plant is fascinating! From special roots and stems, to being a source of food, it’s one nifty succulent – read on to find about more about the wonderful cactus!

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Tuesday
Oct102017

Animal  Architects

Some animals take shelter in holes in trees, others in caves, but many hard working creatures build their own homes from materials they find in their environment. In this article we take a closer look at these animal architects and the amazing structures they are able to construct!

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Friday
Jul212017

The Effects of Global Warming on  Mangroves

Mangroves have been a beneficial source of life from the start. But as global warming becomes a greater threat to the ecosystem, mangroves have been dying out, causing more and more problems along the shoreline.

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Thursday
Jun292017

How Should We Approach Wildlife  Crime?

As demand rises for increasingly scarce animals so too does the fight against poaching. Many nations are looking to toughen up on wildlife crime. This is a look into a progressive way to tackle poaching and how we deal with wildlife crime.

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Monday
Jun122017

Animal Profile -  Ants

Unfortunately ants are oftentimes overlooked, used as an age-old synonym for insignificance, but these little beasties are much more sophisticated, intelligent and have a much more substantial impact than we give them credit for.

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Friday
Sep112015

Pandering to Pandas: How will we Combat Extinction?

Pandas. What are they good for? Large, lethargic creatures who lie around eating nothing but bamboo all day and have no interest in sex. It’s like they’re asking to become extinct. So should we just sit back and let it happen? Or does the survival of the panda represent something important about the larger issue of environmental conservation?

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Friday
Jul252014

Mangrove day 2014

It is a tree...It is seaweed....no, it is a Mongrove! The plant growing on tropical coasts has puzzled generations of botanists for being the only tree able to survive salted water’s inundation.

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Friday
Mar162012

National Park Profile (Evolution Special): Lake Malawi National Park 

It has been said that the importance of Lake Malawi National Park to the study of evolution is comparable to that of the Galapagos Islands. So what’s so important about this region, and what is being done to protect it?

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