Everybody knows trees are nice. They are green, shady, they smell nice and they provide fruit and flowers to keep us happy. But new studies by the US Forestry Service and others have discovered that trees can help you live longer too. By Jeremy Torr & Phil Stamper.
Industrialisation doesn’t always wreck the environment. Sometimes it provides a new opportunity for nature to re-establish its roots; literally. In Homebush Bay, off Sydney Harbour in Australia, the native bush has found an unlikely nursery – on an abandoned ship.
Singapore's increasing need for housing has led to development encroaching onto the edge of nature reserves, the home of wild creatures such as macaques. And there are challenges as nature brushes against human comforts, with macaques being lured towards entrapment and taken away permanently from their natural habitats. Fiona Childs speaks to primatology student Amanda Tan on these issues, to explore how residents can better manage the situation, and to put the whole monkey business to a peaceful rest.
A group of passionate people are putting their heads together (and getting their feet muddy) to create a learning centre on Pulau Ketam. Not just any ordinary centre, but a low impact, self-sustaining and ecological friendly zone to promote learning and nature appreciation. Mallika Naguran from Gaia Discovery joins this group as a volunteer and brings us the inside story.
What does it take to save the iconic eagle and saltwater crocodiles that are endemic to the Philippines? What causes species decline?
Recent efforts to save the forests of Borneo and Sumatra provide evidence that with help from concerned people, the current tide of jungle destruction can and will turn. By Kayti Denham.
Many think deforestation happens only in the uplands as cutting the trees means loss of lives and livelihoods as the raging waters from the higher areas bring floods and landslides. Unknowingly, deforestation continues unabated, too, in the lowlands – particularly those near the seashores and rivers. Mangroves, which most people consider as unimportant, are fast disappearing.
When rainforests continue to be destroyed at an alarming rate and helpless animals such as orangutans suffer in silence, one band has decided not to look the other way. Navicula, instead, is about to voice its objections loud and clear in its upcoming tour in Kalimantan.
Did you know that BILLIONS of trees have died in recent years? Beetle attacks, asian fungus and drought are taking out North America's ancient alpine bristlecones, Texan shade trees and parts of the Amazon. Any reader of this site knows that trees planted in the right places help fight climate change. But they help make our planet liveable in a number of other ways too, from fertilising plankton to providing the basis for medicines. Learn more . . . .
Spearheaded by NUS researchers, Singapore's first ever biodiversity encyclopedia is published, covering over 200 years of Singapore's rich natural history
Some 200 news species of animals and plants, including an orange spider, a jabbing spiny-legged katydid (bush cricket) and a minute long-nosed frog, have been discovered in Papua New Guinea's remote jungle-clad mountains.
What happened in the Gulf was a subsea blowout. There is a world of difference between a spill and a blowout, says George H.Croy, who also points out other facts missed by most critics.
Rafflesia was first discovered in the Indonesian rainforest by a guide working for Dr. Joseph Arnold in 1818. So far, 27 species has been found of the plant that was named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who headed the team which discovered the unique plant. They can only be found in southeastern Asia, particularly Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, and the Philippines.
Geologists, eco-tourism operators and academics from 13 countries at the conference offered concepts, shared success stories and related challenges faced in geotourism.
Why Biodiversity Is Important: Sustaining Ecosystems with Ecological Diversity and Genetic Diversity
Biodiversity – coined from biological diversity – is most often thought of as the variety of organisms on earth. Yet it also includes two other factors: ecological diversity (the variety of ecosystems and ecological communities) and genetic diversity (the range of genetic differences found within and between species).
Infestation of water hyacinth need not be a problem as commercial uses for the tenacious water plant are developed. This paves the way for them to be cash crops that no longer threaten water ecosystems.
The Philippine eagle is one of the most endangered species in the country. Here's why.
The deterioration of the fragile ecosystems has made Filipino more vulnerable to natural hazards like floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, windstorms, tidal waves, and landslides. “Rapid population growth, increasing population density, and environmental degradation are accelerating vulnerability to disasters as settlements encroach into disaster-prone lands,” the PRB says.
Biodiversity is the buzzword for biological diversity – the ecosystems, species, and genes that together constitute the living world. “Biodiversity is complex beyond our understanding, and valuable beyond our ability to measure,” explains John C. Ryan, author of Life Support: Conserving Biological Diversity.