Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens this weekend for a major new natural history series, Dynasties. Airing on BBC1 on Sunday nights at 8.30pm, this five-part programme follows on from the hugely popular Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II to explore the lives of different tribes from the animal kingdom. Each episode will take a different species in a different part of the world for its subject. The first follows a troop of chimpanzees in the jungles of Senegal and Guinea, West Africa, and the plight of its alpha male, also named David. The primate faces challenges to his leadership after three years at the helm and will have to fight to retain control. The power struggle he finds himself in is further complicated by the coming dry season, which poses new threats from forest fires and dwindling resources. Subsequent instalments follow Emperor penguins in Atka Bay in Antarctica, lions on the plains of the Masa Mara reserve in Kenya, … [Read more...] about Why Dynasties with David Attenborough is about to become your new favourite show
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We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we are, as long as we substitute one material for another. Last month, a request to Starbucks and Costa to replace their plastic coffee cups with cups made from corn starch was retweeted 60,000 times, before it was deleted . Those who supported this call failed to ask themselves where the corn starch would come from, how much land would be needed to grow it, or how much food production it would displace. They overlooked the damage this cultivation would inflict: growing corn (maize) is notorious for causing soil erosion , and often requires heavy doses of pesticides and fertilisers. The problem is not just plastic: it is mass disposability. Or, to put it another way, the problem is … [Read more...] about We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup
Dorset By Sue Paz BBC News 24 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-43475102 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel A colony of exploding ants, a shrimp that's been named after prog rockers Pink Floyd, four types of miniature night frog and a coconut-cracking giant rat - these are just some of the new species … [Read more...] about Is this hairy crab the newest species found in the UK?
Octopuses are aliens. That’s the claim being made by a team of 33 researchers published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. They are not referring to aliens in a metaphorical sense, but literal aliens from outer space. Since the paper was released on Sunday, a trickle of news coverage has turned into a torrent, with increasingly alarming headlines about octopuses and their extra-terrestrial origins. Read more Octopus discovered making armour out of shells on Blue Planet II It will not come as a surprise to many to learn that these claims have been roundly mocked by the scientific community, who have branded the paper – published in Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology – as ridiculous and unscientific. What are the claims being made?They suggest the Cambrian explosion, a sudden burst of life that occurred around 540 million years ago, was the result of extra-terrestrial intervention. The paper asks whether this event, which saw the rapid … [Read more...] about Are octopuses aliens from outer space that were brought to Earth by meteors?
When BAFTA-winning cameraman Patrick Dykstra, submerged in the Norwegian sea, came within inches of being crashed into by a humpback whale, he described it not as a harrowing ordeal, or even a bit of a shock, but as “the greatest moment of my life”. This brand of fearless passion is, of course, exactly the sort you need when you’re spending most of your days in the ocean capturing the world’s largest and most magnificent animals on film. If you’ve seen footage from David Attenborough’s groundbreaking two-part Blue Planet series, you’ll have marvelled at these whales from the comfort of your living room - but what is it actually like to bob around with them right in the action, camera in hand? Dykstra, who is currently enjoying a residency of the more relaxed variety at the Coco Collection resorts in the Maldives, took some time out to answer our questions. How does one score a job filming Blue Planet? Dykstra, now 39, didn’t start out in … [Read more...] about Filming whales, swimming with sharks and dodging guerillas: lessons from Blue Planet’s cameraman