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Using Dogs For Conservation (and how science is always full of surprises)

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I’ve never worked with dogs, and I’ve not seen any used before in conservation. In these cases I sometimes put a question out to the Twittersphere which is infinitely knowledgeable on this sort of thing.

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Genetic Modification – Science vs Belief

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Personally, I’m an environmentalist, conservationist and an advocate for GM food. I think that makes me relatively unusual.

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Getting Biodiverse About The Things We Eat

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Just 15 crop plants, provide 90% of the world’s food energy intake. Just three – rice, maize and wheat – make up two-thirds of human food consumption.

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A Short Video About Deforestation In Zambia

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I passed through Southern Zambia late last year, and my abiding memory is charcoal stalls dotted along the roads every mile or so.

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To restore our natural world, conservation is the last thing we need

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One interpretation of the term ‘conservation’, is to keep things the same as they are. This, I would argue, is precisely the last thing that we need to reach the lofty goal of a healthy and sustainable natural world.

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Invited to Speak at TEDxQMUL

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TED is all about spreading ideas, and the simple message that I’d like to share is about optimism and hope in conservation.

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Tree Planting and Forest Conservation Charities

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Tree planting is, in my view, one of the simplest and best things you can do to support conservation.

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Citizen Science And How Expeditions Can Leave A Lasting Legacy

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From the swarms of crabs rolling across the beach, the militant camels that would raid our flour supplies, evening camp fires with our new Omani friends and of course the jet black night sky…

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“I could no longer continue taking a pro-science position on global warming and an anti-science position on G.M.O.s”

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I read a fantastic article this week in the New York Times that really got me thinking about this, and I wanted to share it.

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The Harsh Reality of Conservation

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Lots of people start out in conservation because, unsurprisingly, they like animals. Yet the more time you spend in conservation, the more you recognize that doing what is best for the natural world, often results in difficult decisions and tough actions.

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Have We Ceased To Empathise With Nature?

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I generally have little time for the handy-wave empathetic or emotional side of conservation, full stop.

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Is Rewilding The UK Really A Good Idea?

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There’s nothing quite like mentioning rewilding to really put the cat among the pigeons (or the lynx among the grouse as it were).

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The Best Of #IAmAScientistBecause

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The latest accidental science communication phenomenon is #IAmAScientistBecause – prompting scientists from all around the world to share their inspiration and motivation and passion for science.

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