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New Evidence for Climate Change: Butterflies - Smithsonian (blog)

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Smithsonian (blog)New Evidence for Climate Change: ButterfliesSmithsonian (blog)Over the past few decades, researchers have found evidence that the global climate is changing in an increasingly wide range of places: the retreat of Arctic sea ice,...
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Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing

Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

Herbaceous is the fist of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing. A cross between New Naturalist and King Penguin, the series invites a wide range of authors and artists to choose a particular building, plant, animal, person or landscape, and through this object of their fascination tell us wider stories about the British Isles.

http://littletoller.co.uk/products-page/monographs/herbaceous/

 

Herbaceous  

 

Climate change is eroding the familiar pattern of the seasons, so we turn instinctively to the life cycle of herbaceous plants to guide us through the year. The growing, flowering, seeding and dying back to earth of wild flowers, weeds, herbs and garden perennials sustain and enrich our everyday lives with food, metaphor, joy, anxiety, medicine, stories, beauty and enchantment. Above all, by enabling us to read the changing seasons, plants help us navigate our way in the world.

 

Herbaceous is a journey which follows the colour pulse of plants throughout the year, searching for new rhythms in a changing world. It begins with yellow: the pulse of early insects and the symbol of the returning sun. It is followed by spring’s vernal whites and the hedonist, spirited pinks of summer. Gradually, the strange and melancholy blues of early autumn are replaced by the ripple of seed-setting and a return to the browns of our subterranean winter dreams.

 

Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany and poetic vision which asks us to look anew at our relationship with plants and celebrates their power to nourish the human spirit.

 

PAUL EVANS spent many years as a gardener working in rose nurseries, graveyards, historic gardens in Wales and a botanical garden in New York. He is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning playwright, best known for his ‘Country Diary’ in The Guardian and various natural history programmes and drama- documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Paul has also been a performance poet, a nature conservationist, holds a PhD in philosophy, and is currently a lecturer at Bath Spa University. He lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with his family.

 

Published by Little Toller Books on May 12th 2014

210 x 156mm, hardback Price: £12 isbn 978-1-908213-16-7

Jacket over foiled boards,112 pages on 90gsm

Munken paper Jacket and internal illustration by Kurt Jackson


 

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Ocean life in store for large-scale extinction

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A study led by scientists at the University of California has found that the world’s oceans may be in store for a large-scale extinction, according to the
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Venus Flytraps Risk Extinction in the Wild at the Hands of Poachers | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

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Earlier this month four men were arrested for poaching on the Holly Shelter Game Land preserve in North Carolina. Their arrest made national headlines, and history, ...
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New drawings revealed as restoration starts on Rome’s Colosseum

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Ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes have been uncovered.

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A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum’s only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes

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World's oldest snake fossils discovered by Alberta researcher

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A Canadian paleontologist has found the fossils of four ancient snakes so old that he thinks they may have had four legs.
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Learning From Animal Friendships - New York Times

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Interspecies interactions are all over YouTube. Yes, they’re cute, but are they useful to scientists?
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Discovery: Fish Live beneath Antarctica

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Scientists find translucent fish in a wedge of water hidden under 740 meters of ice, 850 kilometers from sunlight

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MPs: Ban fracking to meet carbon targets - BBC News

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A committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on shale gas fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change.
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What Happens When Forest Elephants Are Wiped Out in an Ecosystem? | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

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As go the elephants, so go the trees. That's the message of a new study published in the May 2013 issue of Forest Ecology and Management ...
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A THIRD of the world's gorillas have been wiped out by Ebola

A THIRD of the world's gorillas have been wiped out by Ebola | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The great apes are in desperate need of an Ebola vaccine too
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1,215: The Record Number of Rhinos Poached in 2014 | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

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South Africa has finally finished compiling its report on the number of rhinos poached in the country last year and, as expected, the news is terrible. ...
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The Archaeology News Network: Fishermen catch Frill Shark “living fossil” in Australia

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How well-intentioned Americans trying to save monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them

How well-intentioned Americans trying to save monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
They mean only the best for the monarch. But the result, in some instances, is the exact opposite.
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Big asteroid that skimmed Earth has its own moon

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An unusually large asteroid that just skimmed by Earth had its own moon, NASA said Tuesday as the US space agency released its first radar images of the flyby.
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England's environment 'in decline'

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England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group warns.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: iNaturalist

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Around 1.6 million species are known to science. What's in your neighborhood? Join iNaturalist, a citizen scientist community that's cataloging life on Earth and find out.
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Rationing ravens and merciful monkeys: can animals be altruistic? - The Guardian

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Is there a conscious generosity in how ravens or bats share food, or monkeys or elephants save others, or is it simply the selfish instinct of group survival?
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Prehistoric teeth found in China may point to mysterious new human species

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The more research that is done into the prehistoric origins of humans, the more crowded it gets.According to a new study, there may well have been multiple species of primitive humans between 60,000 a...
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Earth-sized planets discovered in Milky Way increase chances of ancient alien life

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Five Earth-sized planets have been identified around a distant star in the Milky Way galaxy in a discovery that raises the possibility of eventually finding another rocky planet where water-based life may exist, scientists said.
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Ancient underwater forest found off UK

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BBC Inside Out reveals a 'lost world' with the discovery of a remarkable submerged forest thousands of years old underneath the sea off eastern England.

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International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster | Conservation | The Earth Times

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The conference we mentioned last week has produced very hopeful 'green shoots' of hope for financial, agricultural and hydrological solutions to the problems facing the peoples around the Aral Sea.
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Saving the world's rarest primate: can it be done?

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Endemic to China’s southernmost province of Hainan, only around 30 Hainan gibbons survive today.
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Sea Sparkle bloom lights up Hong Kong shores

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Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially harmful to marine life, biologists say.
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Rare European duck doing twice as well in protected areas

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Populations of smew drakes, which number less than 200 in the UK, are growing twice as fast in Special Protection Areas
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Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests

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Satellite images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areas
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