Massive

“The mass of humans – the sum of the body weights of all 7.5 billion people on Earth – now comprises 32% of the total mass of all vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians) on land. Our domesticated animals, such as cattle, pigs and sheep, comprise another 65%. That is, humans and our domesticates comprise 97% of the mass of all terrestrial vertebrates – leaving only 3% for all of the Earth’s wild terrestrial vertebrates.”

Hell of an obesity problem.

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Bluefin Harpooner

“Blue\fin whale hybrids are relatively rare, Icelandic authorities confirm that five hybrids have been identified by researchers since 1986 around Iceland. Four of these were killed by Icelandic whalers.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2018/07/icelandic-whalers-breach-international-law-and-kill-iconic-protected-whale-by-mistake

Just to be sure.

My Great Bill

Polish “environmental EcoLogic Group placed a tracker on the back of a white stork last year to track the bird’s migratory habits. It travelled some 3,700 miles (6,000kms), and was traced to the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan before the charity lost contact. … Somebody found the tracker in Sudan, removed the sim card and put it in their own phone, where they then racked up 20 hours’ worth of phone calls. … The organisation has received a phone bill of over 10,000 Polish zloty ($2,700; £2,064)” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-44645217

It’s good to stork, but beware of roaming charges, especially if you’re hard of heron.

Right Whale Sight

“Cook is among hundreds of fishermen in Grand Manan – an [Canadian] island of about 2,500 people – who have been temporarily banned from fishing after the sighting of a single North Atlantic right whale.
“This is unprecedented,” said Cook, chairman of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association’s lobster advisory board. “We’ve never seen this before, and hopefully we never see it again.””

A lobster advised him not to worry: keep overfishing and destroying habitat and the few hundred right whales will soon be none left whales.

Insect Repellent

“The lead researcher stated that it is “foolish” to use seeds with pesticides pre-applied (so-called ‘prophylactic’ use), and his summary conclusion is telling: “The way they’re used doesn’t make any sense,” he says. “It only makes sense from one motive. That is the profit motive for the manufacturer”.” https://www.ecologicalcitizen.net/pdfs/v02n1-01.pdf p5

Also repels ethics.

Aqua Vitae

“The [Woodland Trust Scotland’s Scottish Forestry Strategy pre-consultation] statement was launched during a reception at the Royal Highland Show with Loch Arkaig flavoured gin from the amazing Gin Bothy.” https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/06/royal-highland-show/

The flavour of loch water proved popular with Highland Show goers. It was described as ‘earthy’, ‘woody’, and ‘faintly tinged with diesel’.

Wrong Type of Heat

“Transport officials said rails under direct sunshine might reach 20C (68F) above the surrounding air temperature, causing the steel to expand – raising concern that rails will buckle as temperatures soar.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/26/uk-weather-railway-slowdown-stop-tracks-buckling-heatwave-set/

Network Rail assured passengers that slowing trains to mitigate this risk was in no way a consequence of going berserk with the chainsaw in the spring and removing all those miles of shady mature tree cover.