March 2012

March 2012

More positive outlook for our future, a snippet from an interesting article on climate change.

Climate Change: A planet in flux

Future uncertainty

“What additional biological changes can we expect to see in the future? The answer depends a lot on what action we take. We have already polluted our atmosphere with high concentrations of greenhouse gases. The planet’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion now to 9 billion by 2050, and this is likely to be matched by increasing energy consumption and output of greenhouse gas. Even if we manage to curb emissions, future generations will have to deal with the legacy of these greenhouse gases: temperature extremes, floods, droughts, storms and rising sea-level. We need to find ways to drastically cut emissions, but we must also plan for the future and find ways to adapt. We face some tremendous challenges.”
So what can we do to change, how can we change quick enough for the future to save our lives and our children’s lives from an already uncertain and terrifying future.

Cancer: Solving an age-old problem

Interesting to know that a fossilized dinosaur was found to have a tumour even a 2400 year old human skeleton had prostate cancer and Egyptians too.

Gorilla Genome

Gorilla have more complex genetic compared to humans and Apes as expected ore similar genetito us than we “The gorilla genome reveals that genetic similarities among humans and the apes are more complex than expected, and allows a fresh assessment of the evolutionary mechanisms that led to the primate species seen today.”

Rejected flies turn to booze

Single neurotransmitter underlies rewards from sex and alcohol!

Too many fisherman 

“To reduce pressure on fish stocks to a sustainable level by 2015, the worldwide fishing effort must be scaled back by 36–43% of 2008 levels, according to an analysis by researchers at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome (Y. Ye et alFish Fish.; 2012). That would mean cutting the jobs of between 12 million and 15 million fishers (see chart), and would cost up to US$358 billion — but it would increase production in the long term.