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We couldn’t have done it without you – says Natural England to the criminal elements in grouse shooting

Mark ♦ March 20, 2019 ♦ 6 Comments Yesterday’s devastating scientific description of the impact of grouse shooting on the threatened Hen Harrier (the original paper, my blog on its findings) was greeted by Natural England Director, Rob Cooke with…

The General Licences

Mark ♦ March 17, 2019 ♦ 6 Comments Have you ever read the General Licences? Help yourself, here they are: GL04, GL05 and GL06. So the reasons why you might be able to kill birds under these licences are quite…

The genomic history of the Iberian Peninsula reconstructed

(Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)) An international study co-led by researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) and Harvard University (USA) has developed a genetic map of the Iberian Peninsula covering the last 8,000 years.

Unique diversity of the genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula revealed by dual studies

Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years. The first study looked at hunter-gatherers and early farmers living in Iberia between 13,000 and 6,000 years ago. The second looked at individuals from the region over the last 8000 years. Together, the two papers greatly increase our knowledge about the population history of this unique region.

Ancient DNA research shines spotlight on Iberia

(University of Huddersfield) The University of Huddersfield’s Archaeogenetics Research Group joins an international team to conduct the largest-ever study of ancient DNA from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) which suggests that the Iberian male lineages were almost completely replaced between 4,500 and 4,000 years ago by newcomers originating on the Russian steppe.

What is a community fridge? Think Little Free Pantry with electricity

[embedded content] By now you know about the awesome Little Free Library movement, the free public boxes where people can leave books or grab books. More recently, Little Free Pantries have popped up with the same theme, but focused on…

7 surprising health benefits of mushrooms

Cultures around the world have eaten or used mushrooms medicinally for centuries, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt. Legend has it that pharaohs liked their earthy flavor so much, they declared the fungi royalty food and forbid commoners…

Dramtic rainfall changes for key crops predicted even with reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Even if humans radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions soon, important crop-growing regions of the world can expect changes to rainfall patterns by 2040. In fact, some regions are already experiencing new climatic regimes compared with just a generation ago. The study warns that up to 14 percent of land dedicated to wheat, maize, rice and soybean will be drier, while up to 31 percent will be wetter.

Guest blog by anonymous.

Mark ♦ March 11, 2019 ♦ Leave Your Comment Mark writes: I don’t normally publish anonymous guest blogs but in this case, knowing the circumstances, I can see why the person wishes to remain anonymous. And the text stands on…

David versus Goliath: the fight against environmental crimes

(University of Barcelona) ‘What? The river looks like milk?’ is the hard-hitting sentence that opens one of the chapters in the book Andanzas y desventuras de un ecólogo en los juzgados del ‘Reyno’, a new publication by Narcís Prat, professor of Ecology at the Faculty of Biology of the UB, who narrates his experience as expert witness in the High Court of Justice of Catalonia in a hundred trials related to ecological crimes.