All posts by Timothy Chilman

They Can Be Shy, They Can Be Sociable – Sharks Have Feelings, Too: Sharks’ Personality


A study led by the University of Exeter and the Marine Biology Association of the United Kingdom and published in the journal, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, on 2 October 2014 has found that those legendary predators, sharks, have personalities which are evident from the manner in which they interact with other sharks. Personalities have been […]

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An Environmentally Friendly Lawn Beckons


A great number of homeowners yearn for a perfect, green lawn, but this can be problematic when, for instance, there is drought in the United States and hosepipe bans are a possibility in the United Kingdom. Not only that, but the use of fertiliser and pesticide is discouraged. While green, lawns can be decidedly ungreen, […]

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California ban on plastic bags set to go ahead


California seems destined to ban plastic bags. During a gubernatorial debate on September 4, 2014, the sitting governor of California, Jerry Brown, announced that he “probably will” sign SB 270, a bill approved by the state legislature the previous week that would accomplish this. Californians are estimated to use 19 billion of the things each […]

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Perhaps US swimming pools are a thing of the past for environmental reasons


You could be convinced that swimming pools are a thing of the past. In the midst of California’s Mojave desert, somewhere between Joshua Tree and Apple Valley, lies a swimming pool that is five feet wide, five deep and eleven long. It’s a piece of art devised by Alfredo Barsuglia, an Austrian, which he named […]

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Boeing to make jet fuel out of tobacco


Tobacco will make smoke in a healthier way than usual now that Boeing is collaborating with South African Airways to make jet fuel out of tobacco. This plant, termed solaris, is nicotine-free. Test farming has commenced in South Africa and production is expected to begin in October 2015.

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Go to China and see a blood-red river


Just like it says in the Bible, rivers in China have been turning the colour of blood. One of the signs of the impending end of the world is detailed in Revelation 16:4: “And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.” Most recently, this […]

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Now Beijing Is Going To Ban It, Will We See The End Of Coal?


Demand for it has surged in the last decade, but the end of coal could be in sight. Beijing plans to ban the burning of coal in its six central districts from 2020. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, in 2012, 25.4 percent of the capital’s energy consumption was from coal, and it’s hoped […]

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Algae In Lake Erie Makes The Water Look Like Putty


In Canada, algae in Lake Erie’s western part has caused the waters to resemble a thick, pea soup. In recent weeks, microcystin, a toxin emanating from this muck, entered the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, obliging officials to ban almost half a million people from using tap water for three days. Microcystin can sicken people […]

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Methane Emissions Are Even Higher Than Thought


Satellite data from 2004 has demonstrated that in that year, there were more methane emissions from US cattle than the oil and gas industries put together. In an article published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, researchers from the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University and the University of California declared that emissions were […]

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Climate Change On Mount Kilimanjaro Could See The End Of Those Famed Snows


At nearly four miles high, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. A study by the British think tank, the Overseas Development Institute, found that it is visited by between 35,000 and 40,000 tourists every year, making it one of the leading attractions in Tanzania. These visitors spend around USD50/GBP30/EUR37 million annually in one […]

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