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Effects of war on wildlife

July 22nd, 2010

Research has shown that the vast majority of armed conflicts in the last 50 years have occured in areas rich in biodiversity.

  • In Afghanistan, the past three decades have seen 50% of the country’s forests disappear and wildlife hunted out of many areas.
  • In the 1990s, in Africa’s biologically diverse Albertine Rift region, civil insurgencies rendered national parks the strongholds of rebels and provided shelter for refugees, causing large mammal populations to plummet.
  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for example, decades of strife have allowed for an explosion in the trade of bushmeat, tropical timber and charcoal.

Wildlife in war (BBC)

WildWorld break

November 19th, 2009

WildWorld is taking a break to concentrate on the Iberianature and Britainnature sections.

Back soonish

Nick

Names for the Milky Way

October 5th, 2009

I thought this list of terms in other languages for the Milky Way was interesting. Complete list here from Wikipedia.

  • Irish: Bealach na Bó Finne, “The Fair Cow’s Way”, or Slabhbra Luigh, “Lugh’s Chain”
  • Welsh: Caer Wydion “The Fort of Gwydion” (Gwydion).
  • Swedish: Vintergatan “Winter Street”, because it is more visible during the winter in Scandinavia and looks like a snowy street. This is similar in Norwegian and Faroese.
  • Armenian: hard goghi chanaparh “Straw Thief’s Way”, from a myth.
  • Latvian: The Birds’ Path. This is similar in Finnish and Estonian
  • Slovene: Rimska cesta “The Roman Road”, because pilgrims followed it when traveling to Rome.
  • Ukrainian: “Way of Chumak
  • Indonesian: Bima Sakti “Magical Bima”, a character in Sanskrit epic Mahabharata
  • Cherokee: Gili Ulisvsdanvyi “The Way the Dog Ran Away”, from a myth.
  • Chinese: “Silver River”. Similar in Vietnamese.
  • Georgian:  irmis naxtomi “The Deer Jump”
  • Japanese: amanogawa “River of Heaven”
  • Thai: The way of the white elephant”.
  • Turkish: Samanyolu “Road of Straw”

The worst places in the world

October 1st, 2009 Sprol is an interesting blog which highlights the Worst Places in the World, or as they put it “shows the visual macroscopic effects of the decisions and behavior of our society.” Sprol Photo credit: Hot Raw Sewage by Trey Ratcliff

Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2009

September 10th, 2009

CIWEM: The Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2009 Competition

Ciwem’s environmental photographer of the year 2009 and natural world winner
Talk About Stars by Bolucevschi Vitali Nicolai, Moldova. The award recognises photographers who use their talent to raise awareness of environmental and social issues See all the photos here

Polar bears attacking submarine

September 9th, 2009

Three Polar bears approach the starboard bow of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Honolulu (SSN 718) while surfaced 280 miles from the North Pole.

This is a remarkable image. Three Polar bears are approaching the the submarine USS Honolulu 280 miles from the North Pole. The bears investigated the boat for almost 2 hours before leaving. More here