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American Museum of Natural History – newly digitized archives

The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan released more than 7,000 images at the beginning of May – the result of a digitization project started in 2006, which will eventually see the release of more than 1 million photos.

Click here for access.

Mount Fuji 'Bloodroot Flower' Wild Flowers, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Changes at the Natural History Museum, London

dippy6This wonderful museum, Winner of Best of the Best in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2013,  has received an amazing donation of £5m towards its redevelopment plans.

British-Australian businessman and philanthropist Sir Michael Hintze has made a donation of £5 million to the Natural History Museum through the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation. It is the largest single donation the Museum has ever received. The renamed Hintze Hall is probably best known as the home to the Diplodocus, Dippy, which was unveiled to the public in 1905.

This redevelopment is the first part of a long-term plan to improve the Museum’s overall visitor experience and to continue to support the research of 300 scientists who work here, much of which impacts on global research into biodiversity and climate change.

A record 5,356,884 visitors came to the Museum in 2013, an increase of 6.7 per cent year on year.

Read more here.

 

 

 

Teens Sue Federal Government for Not Creating Climate Change Action Plan

Nature World News reports that a group of California youth is suing government agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, for failing to develop a plan of action against climate change.

The plaintiffs demand that the federal government immediately devise a climate recovery strategy to avoid 2 degrees C of warming above pre-industrial levels.

Read more here.

Nature is not natural to us anymore!

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine has released the results of a survey, which reveals that 98% of the 2000 people it surveyed were unable to name common trees.

Read more here.

 

 

IPCC report: “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change”

The Chairman of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) said today that:

Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change

Professor Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC

The Report’s Chair says that:

We have to re-frame climate change as an exciting challenge for the most creative minds.

Dr Chris Field, Report Chair

 

See the BBC’s coverage here.

 

Read the Report here.

 

Climate Girl – Parrys Raines – award winner

Parrys Raines is a great friend of Sculpt the Future Foundation and the Plastiki.  Her website Climate Girl provides inspiration for any young person who wants to effect change towards a more positive future for the planet.

It is therefore no surprise, but very pleasing, that Parrys has won a Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation award in the Environmental category.

Keep an eye on Parrys – she IS a STAR!!

Parrys – part of the Plastiki Team – Sydney 2010

 

 

 

Professor Bryan Clarke dies – founder of the Frozen Ark Project

Professor Bryan Clarke was instrumental in the founding of the ‘Frozen Ark’ project – to save samples of frozen cells containing DNA from endangered species – the animal equivalent of the ‘Millennium Seed Bank’ created by Kew Gardens to conserve the seeds of the world’s plants.

In 1971 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Genetics at Nottingham University and remained there until his retirement in 1997.  Professor Clarke died on 27 February 2014 aged 81.

Professor Clarke was an inspiration to thousands of students and it is said, due to his research on snails, that he gave his name to the snail in The Magic Roundabout.

The snail Cepaea nemoralis (ALAMY)

Read full obituary in The Telegraph.

 

Climate Week | 3 – 9 March 2014

Climate Week 2014 starts today.

 

 

Go to the website to see how easy it is to join in.

 

A three-zone Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery – Natural History Museum in London

A new Gallery opened on 31st January 2014 at the Natural History Museum in London.

Dedicated to Volcanoes and Earthquakes, the  Gallery even has a quake simulator recreating the feel of a shake beneath the ground.

The power and intensity of volcanoes and earthquakes has dominated nature since the beginning of time yet our knowledge of them continues to evolve. In this gallery, you’ll be absorbed in every element of their existence, from the captivating science behind what makes them the most astonishing spectacles of nature, to their ability to transform communities around the world.

Dr Chiara Petrone, Petrology Scientist

Visit the Museum’s website for more information.

copyright: NHM

 

End Ecocide in Europe

End Ecocide in Europe is a European Citizens Initiative which has proposed a law to the European Union to make ecocide a crime.  An online petition was launched in 2013 which failed to reach its target of 1,000.000 votes, but 112,000 Europeans did vote and a charter will be published on 30 January 2014 calling for the establishment of a European and an International Criminal Court for the Environment.  This charter is the result of a newly formed coalition of organisations advocating for the recognition of environmental crimes. End Ecocide in Europe is among the initiating organisations.

Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima, the Erika oil spill or Rosia Montana are just a few examples of catastrophes which could be prevented through this new law establishing a strict liability for both, decision-makers in business and government, as well as corporations, for such crimes.

Prisca Merz, volunteer Director of End Ecocide in Europe

This great video was launched in February 2013.