Conservation programme releases thousands of rare fen raft spiders into a Suffolk nature reserve in a bid to boost their numbers
Photograph: Natural England
The Guardian, Friday 22 October 2010
Thousands of endangered spiders have been released into a Suffolk nature reserve this week as part of a conservation scheme to stem their decline in the UK.
The ecologist Helen Smith, working with the government body Natural England, has hand-reared the 3,000 baby fen raft spiders in her own kitchen. She said: “They are all lined up in individual test tubes and I’ve had to personally feed them flies since the spring – which you can imagine is very, very time consuming for that number of spiders.”
Posted in climate change, Copenhagen, Environment, Green
Tagged Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Fen Raft Spiders, Green, Guardian, Helen Smith, Natural England, Wild
Bence Máté’s silhouetted shot of ants in the Costa Rican rainforest wins 2010 Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year
The winning image: A Marvel of Ants by Bence Máté. Photograph: Bence Máté/Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year 2010
Guardian.co.uk, Thursday 21 October 2010 10.58 BST
An image of leaf-cutter ants silhouetted on a leaf in the Costa Rican rainforest has won Hungarian photographer Bence Máté the 2010 Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year prize, which is jointly owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
The winning shot, titled A Marvel of Ants, is a simple yet bold photo showing leaf-cutter ants at work that was selected from tens of thousands of entries from around the world. Chair of the judging panel, Mark Carwardine, said: “The photographer is clearly a master of his craft with an artist’s eye.”
Posted in Art, Environment, Green
Tagged 2010, A Marvel of Ants, Ants, BBC, Bence Mate, Environment, Green, Guardian, Photography Competition, Wildlife Magazine
|Bedouin near al-Araqib village protest land confiscation by the State of Israel and the Jewish National Fund, April 2009. (Oren Ziv/ActiveStills
Israel has exploited the country’s natural environment for its own political ends for decades. Since 1948 olive trees have been uprooted, quarries mined, the most fertile lands taken for settlements and water illegally extracted.
However, in the Naqab (Hebraized as Negev) desert and the Galilee this ecological occupation takes on a very different form. Instead of uprooting trees, they are planted in huge numbers by the Jewish National Fund (JNF), a Zionist organization setup in 1901 and which displaced Palestinians during the 1948 dispossession or Nakba, and has since planted more than 24 million trees covering more than 250,000 acres of land in the country.
Posted in Apartheid, Architecture, Climate Justice, Crime, Electronic Intifada, Environment, Green, Human Rights, Identity, IDF, Islam, Israel, Middle East, Muslims, Occupation, Palestine, Protest, Public Sphere, Separation Wall, West Bank
Tagged Alice Gray, Bedouin communities, Bustan, Bustan Qa'araqa, Ecological Occupation, Environment, Israel, JNF, Negev, Ra'ed al Mickawi, Tree-planting
Recent article from the Guardian.
Who will encourage diversity now?
Without the Appointments Commission, diverse representation among public appointees will be less likely, says Arwa Aburawa
The government’s notion of “big society” is supposed to give communities the freedom to determine their future. But if it is not careful, the government will instead simply create a “big society” for a small minority.
Here’s some of the stuff I have been working on in the Guardian..full article here.
Phone providers are ‘disenfranchising’ disabled people from society – Ofcom
Disabled people get ‘shockingly inadequate’ service from mobile phone providers, according to an Ofcom survey. Photograph: Stephen St. John/Getty Images/National Geographic RF