Thursday, June 26, 2008

How many species live in the sea? - earth - 25 June 2008 - New Scientist Environment --- How many species are there in the sea? Some 230,000 recorded so far, all of which will soon be available to anyone at the click of a mouse.

The World Register of Marine Species is launched today by the Census of Marine Life. Once complete, it will provide the first definitive list of all known species in the world's oceans.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Barrier Reef 'no-take' zones see leap in fish numbers - earth - 23 June 2008 - New Scientist Environment --- A controversial decision to halt commercial and recreational fishing across vast areas of the Great Barrier Reef has proven remarkably effective for reviving coral trout numbers.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Are plastic bags really that bad? - JUNE 13, 2008,4139,167380,00.html? --- Are plastic bags really that bad? # NO - S'pore rubbish burnt, so landfill issue not relevant, says newspaper letter writer # YES - Unnecessarily large number of bags burnt each year, says environment council


Singapore consumes 2.5 billion plastic bags a year, which is equivalent to 625 bags per person or an average of 2,500 bags per family annually.

This is high compared to a bigger country like Australia, which consumes 6.9 billion plastic bags annually or 326 bags per person.

Said NEA: 'Plastic bags are made from oil, a finite resource. By using reusable bags during our shopping trips, we will use fewer plastic bags and help to conserve earth's resources.'

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The world's most successful bug hits dolphins - life - 02 June 2008 - New Scientist
--- How does a parasite found in kitty litter get into whales and
dolphins? By hitching a ride down the sewage pipe and into anchovy
guts, say researchers.