Rod Macrae

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The Week in Review: White House Fights Climate Change

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2014<p>Of all the problems facing the planet, global warming gets little attention from the average American. Recent Gallup …

Conservatives Praise Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt as Beautiful Expression of Free Market

ANTARCTICA (The Borowitz Report)—A delegation of conservative members of Congress paid a visit to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melt today to witness firsthand what one of them called “the most beautiful expression of the free market I’ve ever seen.”<p>The author of that remark, Rep. Paul Ryan …

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Brilliant Pub Chalkboard Of The Day

Insurers should push for climate resilience - Lloyd's - The world’s specialist insurance market. Also known as Lloyd's of London; is a market where members join together as syndicates to insure risks.

The past year has been one of many weather extremes; several all-time temperature records were set in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, …

Climate Change

Guardian sustainable business,Sustainability,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),Climate change,United Nations,Global climate talks,Environment,Climate change,Science,Climate change scepticism<p>If the IPCC doesn't move away from staid warnings towards human stories, the science will …

Climate

Illegal Brazilian Amazon timber sold globally with legal paper work

Two years ago, we kicked off an investigation into what was happening in the Brazilian Amazon timber industry and today we released our findings: the …

Conservation

Rising oceans will be unstoppable

Have you heard the news? Because Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the sea level is likely to rise "unstoppably" by at least 10 feet, dooming many coastal towns and displacing millions of people. And it's all going to happen—within several centuries.<p>Well.<p>Who.<p>Cares.<p>This is news you can snooze. So go …

Massimo Dini

Upbeat Greg Rutherford wants to put commotion over British long jump record behind him ahead of GreatCity Games - http://www.teamgb.com/news/olympic-champion-rutherford-puts-record-fuss-behind-him

Massimo Dini

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

It’s an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world’s greatest newsrooms. Read it.<p>The value of the homepage is decreasing. “Only a third of our readers ever visit it. And those who do visit are spending less time: page views and …

Happy Endangered Species Day! Here Are 5 Animals At Risk Of Extinction From Climate Change.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated today the ninth annual Endangered Species day, a day to recognize America’s most imperiled animals. …

Waiting for the end of the world with my father, James Lovelock

When I was a child my father took us to the Science Museum in London. His favourite exhibit was the Newcomen steam engine, built in the early 18th century to pump water from mines. He told us how much the museum had inspired him when <i>he</i> was a child. Science had become the abiding passion of his …

As a £200m polar research ship and cuts at Kew Gardens make headlines in the same day, we should ask questions about the politics governing science funding decisions.

What’s really behind George Osborne’s shiny new science ship?

BBC Radio Scotland asked if they could interview me about George Osborne’s announcement of new science spending, including this ship. But then they bumped me. It happens. Especially with science policy stories at drivetime. This is sort of what I would have said, building on what Alice Bell's …

They can break momentous science news, but conferences are also ideal for meeting scientists and fellow writers – and escaping the drudgery of desk work<p><i>The closing date for entries to the</i> <i>Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize</i> <i>is 11 May 2014</i><p>Conferences are critically important sources of material for …

Science Weekly podcast: can we save the Galapagos?

In this edition of Science Weekly, zoology author and blogger <b>Henry Nicholls</b> explains how rising and falling sea levels have affected the evolution of species on the Galapagos Islands. He also reviews progress in the epic battle to preserve the islands' unique wildlife, which inspired Charles Darwin …

Pitching stories to magazine and newspaper editors is tough, but there is a lot you can do to improve your chances of success<p><i>The closing date for entries to the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize is 11 May 2014</i><p>Freelancing can be soul-destroying. You spend hours coming up with great stories; …

Seamus Heaney – a life in pictures

The death of the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney at the age of 74 marks the end of a career which began with his collection Death of a Naturalist in 1966. Here we celebrate his life with a selection of images from an old school photograph to recent appearance at the Edinburgh international book …

Seamus Heaney obituary

In 2009, as part of the extensive celebrations in Ireland for his 70th birthday, RTÉ broadcast a documentary about Seamus Heaney. Towards its close, Heaney, who has died aged 74, was asked whether anything in his work seemed appropriate to him as an epitaph. He demurred at first but, when gently …

How does an octopus avoid tying itself in knots? - video

Research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has revealed how octopuses avoid getting their arms in a tangle. An octopus's eight arms are covered with hundreds of suckers that will stick to just about anything, except themselves. The study has demonstrated how the skin of the octopus …