Can you claim to care about climate change and the environment, whilst being a meat-eater?

Climate change, global warming, mass extinction, and environmental degradation are the most dangerous threats to my generation. Those of us who are millennial or gen-Z, are painfully and constantly aware of the imminent threat to life as we know it. Being raised from a young age on catastrophising news and media, about the collapsing, crashing andContinue reading “Can you claim to care about climate change and the environment, whilst being a meat-eater?”

The scandal of Higher Education funding in England.

This is Great Britain, a place where education is accessible and encouraged to everyone, right? Wrong.I have personally made my way through all the conventional steps of the English education system, namely, GCSE’s, A-levels, Bachelor’s degree. When faced with the question all undergraduates fear: ‘so, what are you doing after university?’, I decided I wantedContinue reading “The scandal of Higher Education funding in England.”

Green Energy done badly: Cleve Hill Solar Park.

On the 28th May 2020, the proposal for the UK’s biggest solar farm was approved. For those ecologically minded, this seems like a huge win, a step in the right direction for sustainable development. However, on closer inspection, the questionable financial motivations, potentially catastrophic health risks, opposition from local communities, and impact on endangered ecosystemsContinue reading “Green Energy done badly: Cleve Hill Solar Park.”

Intelligence and Neurobiology in Coleoid Cephalopods: Why and How? (long read)

Contents:AbstractIntroductionIntelligence: Why?What is ‘intelligence’?What drives the Evolution of Intelligence?How do we measure Intelligence?Evidence on Coleoid Intelligence from Behavioural studiesSpecific Coleoid Intelligence Evolutionary routes – Why Coleoids? Implications of Advanced IntelligenceNeurobiology: How? How are Neuroanatomy and Intelligence linked? Evidence on Coleoid Intelligence from Physiological/ Anatomical/ Neurological StudiesHow Diverged is Coleoid Anatomy? Comparisons of Neurobiology across taxaDiscussionContinue reading “Intelligence and Neurobiology in Coleoid Cephalopods: Why and How? (long read)”

Critically evaluating the evolutionary and ecological theories that explain the latitudinal species richness gradient.

Tropical rainforests can be loosely defined as the permanently wet wooded areas in the equatorial region between tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. There is huge diversity – not only within tropical rainforests – but also between them; there is no set model forest, as each has its own biogeographical and biological structures, which vary hugelyContinue reading “Critically evaluating the evolutionary and ecological theories that explain the latitudinal species richness gradient.”

Is paying for ‘ecosystem services’ good for sustainable development?

Ecosystem services are the benefits that humans gain from the natural world, and are defined into 3 general categories: provisioning services supply us with a commodity (water, timber), regulating services help maintain homeostasis in our environment (air regulation), and cultural services offer an opportunity to expand our experiences, with nature tourism and education (Department forContinue reading “Is paying for ‘ecosystem services’ good for sustainable development?”

To what extent are individuals able to Construct and Perform their own gendered identities in Western cultures?

IntroductionThe question of whether individuals are really in control of their identity has been widely studied by anthropologists worldwide. Some argue that our gender identity is innate and deeply connected to biology and personality traits, while the opposing belief is that the subject of gender is malleable and can is influenced and constructed by manyContinue reading “To what extent are individuals able to Construct and Perform their own gendered identities in Western cultures?”

Discussing the main issues concerning the compatibility, between the pursuit of economic growth and the pursuit of sustainability.

IntroductionThe issue of the contrasting, and potentially conflicting, interests between the current economic model, and sustainability, has become more prevalent in recent years. It’s suggested by economists and ecologists alike, that under the western capitalist structure, economic growth cannot be achieved in a manner that is sustainable for natural habitats and ecosystems.The industrial revolution gaveContinue reading “Discussing the main issues concerning the compatibility, between the pursuit of economic growth and the pursuit of sustainability.”

POSTnote: The Geographic Expansion of Chronic Wasting Disease.

Overview Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), is a type of Prion disease, which effects members of the Cervidae family (deer).   The disease effects the nervous system of the animal, and causes a spongy degeneration of the brain, resulting in abnormal behaviour, emaciation (wasting), loss of bodily functions, and ultimately death. CWD is highly contagious, currentlyContinue reading “POSTnote: The Geographic Expansion of Chronic Wasting Disease.”

The Population and Foraging Ecology of the Hydrurga leptonyx (Leopard Seal).

The Leopard seal inhabits the Antarctic continent region, and is one of six species of Antarctic seals (Antarctica Guide). It is the second largest of these species, after the Southern Elephant Seal, which is the largest species of seal on earth, but the Hydrurga leptonyx isn’t far behind, as the average body length is aroundContinue reading “The Population and Foraging Ecology of the Hydrurga leptonyx (Leopard Seal).”

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