The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders. It is a place where people from all over the world flock to, in order to dive or snorkel in the waters that surround it and marvel at the vast array of colours and sea life that live there. One would expect a place as diverse and important as this to be protected, however the Great Barrier Reef is in danger from rapid industrialisation and under threat from the building of large ports, dredging, dumping and a 7,000 carrier ship highway.
Entries in Science Club (22)
The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique have been wiped out by poachers. It has emerged that this was made possible due to the fact that these poachers were working alongside the rangers that were tasked with protecting them.
Shark embryos are apparently as deadly as the older members of their family can be. It has been discovered that shark embryos eat their littermates in the womb, with the largest embryo eating all but one of its siblings.
The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Melaky Region, Madagascar. It centres in two geological formations, which are quite remarkable to behold. This collection of limestone formations is known as the ‘Stone Forest’.
The first bear to undergo brain surgery is Champa, who has lived most of her life at a sanctuary near to the Laos city of Luang Prabang. She is a three year old Asiatic black bear who has become a medical pioneer, something that is extra special as she is part of a species that is now listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
An issue that has caused a split in public response, is the proposal for badger culling in the UK. The need for the cull is essential for the cattle farming industry, the government argues. However, many people have opposed this cull, demanding 'cure not cull'.
A study has shown that chimpanzees and orangutans experience a similar “U-shape curve of happiness” that humans exhibit over their lifetime; displaying a comparable dip in happiness during middle age.