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Wildlife

Openbill Storks

Openbill Storks

Wanted:a place to breed Reaching the road that leads to Ban Thasadet, some 80 kilometres north of Bangkok, I see the giant wooden stork a friend has told me of. It looks uncared for, its straw…

Reptile search on Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

Reptile search on Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

The Last Hunt Our boat nudges the pier, then pauses against the one flight of steps, a prow-mounted tyre stopping concrete scraping on wood. We clamber ashore, check we have all our gear, and the boat…

Conservation

World’s Birds Akin to Canaries in Coalmine as Human Impacts Continue Apace

World’s Birds Akin to Canaries in Coalmine as Human Impacts Continue Apace

On 4 May 2022, the Annual Review of Environment and Resources published an advance version of a paper titled “State of the World’s Birds” by nine authors including Alex Lees, who was…

Fightback Needed as Science and Life Support System Under Attack

Fightback Needed as Science and Life Support System Under Attack

Growing up in the 1970s, I loved the outdoors and wildlife, and was highly impressed by the environmental movement, which to me seemed brimful of energy and optimism. “Save the…

Science

Covid is airborne so ventilation and air filtration are important

Covid is airborne so ventilation and air filtration are important

Since early in the pandemic, I’ve been seeing scientists arguing Covid is airborne, even with hashtag #covidisairborne – including to counter notions it is spread by droplets [short range], which…

Long Covid – info and links indicating major impact

Long Covid – info and links indicating major impact

While deaths from Covid have proven most newsworthy, evidence is snowballing that Long Covid is also a serious issue, even affecting people in whom the disease initially appeared mild. Here,…

Travel

Wailingding – Zhuhai island south of Cheung Chau

Wailingding – Zhuhai island south of Cheung Chau

Though physically similar to Po Toi, and little more than 10km south of Cheung Chau, Wailingding has a thriving village with a unique character, and a visit makes for an…

On Safari in the Valley Where Snow Leopards Roam

On Safari in the Valley Where Snow Leopards Roam

With a broad river surging through a valley that’s in places like a canyon, hemmed in by sandstone cliffs on either side, and little vegetation but swarthy conifers, shrubs and…