Nutkin

“In terms of their natural diet, red squirrels love pine cones and the magnificent Monterey pines we have here on Tresco means there’s a huge supply of cones.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-24164247)

The Monterey Pine is native to California rather than Cornwall, but it’s an adorable start.

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Forestry

The proposed site of a large-scale wind farm “is completely encircled by globally important peatland habitats, protected under European and Scots law. The area proposed for development would have been given similar protection were it not for inappropriate planting with conifers in the 1980s.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/353694-rspb-scotland-set-to-object-to-a-damaging-wind-farm-proposal-threatening-the-flow-country)

Some wag arranged the trees in blatantly pornographic poses and from a nearby hill their placement clearly spells ‘arse’.

Waves

“Waters near big chunks of land and ice are literally pulled up onto shores by gravity. … If Greenland melted enough to raise global seas by an average of 1 metre, for example, the gravitational effect would lower water levels near Greenland by 2.5 metres and raise them by as much as 1.3 metres far away.” (http://www.nature.com/news/climate-science-rising-tide-1.13749)

Greenland is so named because, like the moon, it’s made of green cheese – with special tidal powers.

Spiced

“India’s booming population and economic growth have placed the historic grazing lands of elephants under enormous pressure. … Indian officials hope the animals will learn to avoid chilli-sown areas.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/india-elephants-chilli-pepper)

Meanwhile, avoid chilli-aggravated elephants.

Graze

“Brachiaria grasses have been found to inhibit the release of nitrous oxide [largely from livestock production], which has a more powerful [climate] warming effect than carbon dioxide or methane … [However] the extra productivity could provide an additional economic incentive for the clearance of forests and – as with all monocultures – the proposed expansion of brachiaria pastureland poses a challenge to biodiversity.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/17/grass-agriculture-emissions-scientists)

Whatever, so long as we can keep eating our horseburgers.

Innovation

“Gears are not the only mechanical solutions that were long thought to be unique to human engineering and then found to have been mastered by evolution [the plant hopper Issus coleoptratus has rounded joints that connect its hind legs with a series of tiny intermeshing teeth like cogs]. The screw-and-nut system is another example … in the legs of a weevil beetle. … Honeybees ‘couple the movement of both wings to stabilize their flight by using pegs … like Velcro.'” (http://www.nature.com/news/insect-leg-cogs-a-first-in-animal-kingdom-1.13723)

(Human) Narcissity is Mother Nature’s invention.