Flightless on both occasions – White-throated rail

What is so great about flightlessness? On an isolated atoll, Aldabra, a rail species has on two occasions, separated by thousands of years, become flightless. Aldabra is situated in the Indian Ocean that are part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. The white-throated rail is a chicken-sized bird that is the first example of... Continue Reading →


The Uninhabitable Earth

"It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is like a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says that it isn't happening at all. . . that global warming is an Arctic saga, unfolding remotely. . ." The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future by David... Continue Reading →

The sphere of thought

The sphere of thought (spoken) Who are you listening to my thoughts, who sat down for a moment and followed into the birthplace of the sphere of thoughts. Fascinated by the place created in a world of complex signals that emerge through self-directed resonance. Talking about, interpreting and conveying the uniqueness of this immaculately beautiful,... Continue Reading →

Marine Plastic Nightmare

Lord Howe Island! A paradise island affected by plastic. It was and still is a dream destination. Though the dream is a bit shattered after seeing how the flesh-footed sheerwater populationis dwindling due to marine plastic being mistaken for food. Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage Site in the Tasman Sea between Australia and... Continue Reading →

Steal Like a Kleptoparasite or Cunning Animal Thief

Bold seagulls stealing your sandwich. Or robbing a sea otter of its fish. Animals are very cunning creatures. Athleticism and grace mixed with planning and decision-making characterise kleptoparasitic animals. Chinstrap penguins look charming with their chinstrap that mimics a lovely smile. But the smile is deceptive because they are well-known for stealing rocks and other... Continue Reading →

From Red Clover to Orchids

Do you know the name of the flower above? Purple, pink, white, blue, yellow. . . wildflowers are brimming with colours and buzzing pollinators love them. Wildflowers help to improve the air quality, they help to filter water and they are a food source for many animals. Sadly, many of these beautiful and important flowers... Continue Reading →

Are you suffering from Climidia?

Climidia, yes, I am suffering from climidia. Cold, sluggish and wrapped up in sorrowful thoughts. Spring, the most wonderful of season should be filled with. . . Birds singing and chirping in the spring garden. Spring flowers opening their petals to greet the shy spring sun. Yet, the effects of climidia have postponed the arrival... Continue Reading →

Spiraling Economy

This post contains adlinks. It is easy to view the economy as something that is directed by politicians and big companies. But the economy also a reflection on who and where we are as people. Economy tells as about our inner workings and values. The concept cirucular economy has been evoling for years but there... Continue Reading →

Fluorescence in chameleons

Chameleons glow-in-the-dark! Chameleons' shift the colours and patterns of their skin to hide from predators or to communicate with other chameleons. Apart from their colourful display their bones also fluoresce through their skin. A glow-in-the-dark pattern is created particularly on their heads and faces. Chameleons are among the first known scaled repiles that display and... Continue Reading →

Teeming by Tamsin Woolley-Barker

"If you and I swap a dollar, we each have a dollar. If we swap an idea, we both have two." Peter Gloor What if we could build organisations so that they become thriving interconnected networks of collaboration? What if our political leaders looked at ants and they way they work together instead of speading... Continue Reading →

Envisioning Eco-Topia

What is your vision of the future? What actions are necessary to fulfil the vision? What approach is necessary to guide and motivate the action? The idea with envisioning the future is not to create a fixed vision and spend time working towards manifesting that particular vision. Although this approach can sometimes be used by... Continue Reading →

The Role of Key Species

What roles do certain key species play in shaping their environment? Traditionally, the focus for conservationists have been on what species that are present in an ecosystem. But ecology is moving on from counting species to accounting for species. Some species play a very powerful role in the ecosystem. The function that a certain species... Continue Reading →

Superfood of the Future – The Algae Dome

Is it possible to sustinable produce food while solving environmental problems? Algae Dome is a four-meter-tall  food-producing building. The dome is powered by solar energy and it pumps out oxygen in a closed-loop system. A major source of greenhouse gas emissions come from industrial agriculture but now wonderful new ideas are emerging that will help... Continue Reading →


Imagine a world filled with tall mosses.  Mosses is part of the autumn. A cloud of mist and fog transport you to an ancient world of simplicity, a mossworld of mystery and possibilities. The miniature mossworld invites you to slow down and bend down. To breath slowly and to escape into the wilderness. Marvel at... Continue Reading →

"Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” Māori Proverb As we turn our backs on nature, we lose our natural source of happiness. The last couple of months, I have spent little time walking in nature. Lots of reason. Therefore it was wonderful to return and to walk into... Continue Reading →

Bird feathers are evolutionary wonders. “As the saying goes in architecture, ‘form follows function,’ but when it comes to feathers I would say if form follows function, then beauty follows form." The book Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage by Robert Clark  is brimming with exquisite photos and facts to tempt the curious mind to embark... Continue Reading →

Isaac Asimov, the science fiction novelists, reportedly once said that *The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the once that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny!" The theme in this blogpost is "That's beautiful!" Beauty can be a great inspiration and a powerful motivator.  In the last years several articles have... Continue Reading →

Fill your eyes with all the stunning colours and natural splendour. Take deep breathe and smell the white sand and crystalline water. Then think about how far you would go to save this. A visit to the  Great Barrier Reef is a life-changing experience. One of the natural wonders of the world. Photo By Ciambue... Continue Reading →

What does it feel like to have no voice? How can we improve Animal Laws? Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is never easy. When the other mind belongs to an animal, it requires more than compassion for the animal to help. Imagination and different ways to trick your mind to breaking old thinking patterns... Continue Reading →

Does the understanding that we have helped to cause previous mass extinctions help us to become less nonchalant about our role in the present wave of mass extinction? During the last million of years, our planet has experienced several cycles of cooling and warming. Unlike the relatively stable conditions the Earth has experienced the last... Continue Reading →

”When I gaze at a sunset sky and spend hours contemplating its marvellous ever-changing beauty, an extraordinary emotion overwhelms me. Nature in all its vastness is truthfully reflected in my sincere though feeble soul. Around me are the trees stretching up their branches to the skies, the perfumed flowers gladdening the meadow, the gentle grass-carpetted... Continue Reading →

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