Environment Forum

On the origin of the Darwin myths

June 24, 2009

Ever been told by a ruthless boss that, “as Charles Darwin said, it’s survival of the fittest”?

On Darwin anniversary: tourist limits to Galapagos, Antarctica?

February 12, 2009

Should the world celebrate the 200th anniversary today of the birth of English naturalist Charles Darwin by working to limit the number of tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands or Antarctica to protect their spectacular wildlife?

Magical Madagascar worth saving

April 11, 2008

A Black and White Ruffed Lemur clings to a branch at the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary near Pletteberg Bay on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route September 30, 2007. Common to Madagascar, the Black and White Ruffed Lemur is currently classified as Endangered by the World Conservation Union. World Animal Day is commemorated on October 4. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA)Scientists have joined forces to save magical Madagascar by using a new method they hope to apply to other hot spots of biodiversity. For full details you can check my colleague Deborah Zabarenko’s story.

Galapagos bird brains survive wind turbines

April 3, 2008

Galapagos wind turbine — courtesy E8 group of power generatorsThree giant wind turbines are helping the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean towards a goal of eliminating use of fossil fuels by 2015 — and no birds have been killed in a six-month pilot scheme despite worries in many nations that big blades and bird brains don’t mix.