February 2012

February 2012

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Conservation: Bring elephants to Australia?

Australia is extremely firepone. “If only fires were Australia’s sole environmental concern. … A major source of fuel for wildfires is the gamba grass, a giant African grass that has invaded north Australia’s savannas8. Gamba grass is a great meal for elephants or rhinoceroses. The idea of introducing elephants may seem absurd, but the only other methods likely to control gamba grass involve using chemicals or physically clearing the land, which would destroy the habitat”

Marine ecology: Attack of the blobs

Blooms of giant Nomura’s jellyfish (Nemopilema nomurai) have troubled Japanese fishing crews.

Is sugar bad for you now?

“Authorities consider sugar as ’empty calories’ — but there is nothing empty about these calories. A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases1 . Excessive consumption of fructose can cause many of the same health problems as alcohol.”

“Sugar is cheap, sugar tastes good and sugar sells, so companies have little incentive to change.”