Youngest-ever winner of Wordsworth poetry prize A nine year old pupil at Ambleside Primary School is the youngest ever winner of the Rydal Mount Wordsworth prize for young poets. Rowan Ashworth took the title when his poem, Wild is a child, was judged the best from almost 200 entries from all over Cumbria. The fifth annual award, judged by descendants of the poet William Wordsworth, carried an extra cash prize this year of £100. 19-Year-Old Figured Out How To Clean Up The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch In Just 10 YearsElite Daily Global warming isn’t the only environmental nightmare that scientists are struggling to solve. Millions of tons of plastic waste litter the world’s oceans, converging together in rotating currents called gyres and blanketing the water’s surface. On average, these gyres now hold six times more plastic than plankton by dry weight. Fortunately, 19-year-old Boyan Slat, founder and president of The Ocean Cleanup, claims to “have invented a method to clean up almost half of the great Pacific’s garbage patch in just 10 years, using currents to [his] advantage.” The self-described environmentalist and entrepreneur first presented his revolutionary ideas at a TEDx Talk in the Netherlands and was recently named one of Intel’s 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50).
Reintroduced beavers to stay after being granted native species status Image copyright laurie campbell Beavers reintroduced to Scotland will be allowed to remain and will be given protected status, the Scottish government has announced. Eurasian beavers taken from Norway were released at Knapdale in Argyll in 2009. An illegally-released population has also been discovered in Tayside. EDUCATION in ENGLAND British children are required by law to have an education until they are 16 years old. Education is compulsory, but school is not,children are not required to attend school. They could be educated at home.
Foxy photographs EmailEmail The fox is well-known for its overwhelming beauty, intelligence, and cunning. Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) are known best by most of us as they are the most widely spread – their habitats include forests, grasslands, mountains, and deserts. However, there are quite a few of different fox species (all of which belong to the Canidae family) that are set apart by their appearance and habitat.
The Science That Made Frankenstein (Inside Science) -- It has all the makings of a great monster story: an attempt to draw lightning from the sky, a scientist passionate to show that electricity held the secret of life, body parts and, of course, reanimation of the dead. The science that inspired Mary Shelley to write "Frankenstein" is nearly as strange as the novel itself. Written in 1818, the book was influenced by a scientific feud that ushered in the first battery and our modern understanding of electricity. These maps show where species will have to go as climate changes The non-replacement of climate migrants in climate source areas may result in net loss of species richness, and facilitate the establishment of new species into abandoned niches... A larger number of inbound climate migrants in convergent areas, corridors and sinks implies that local communities should face greater reshuffling of species and novel ecological interactions, and compromised genetic diversity through gene swamping but with increased adaptive gene flow. Climate migrants face local extinction in climate sink areas, unless the species involved can adapt to changed conditions. To put a silver lining on all of this, "novel ecological interactions" is just another way of saying that, for example, polar bears learn to hunt people instead of seals.
African forestry scheme aims to build prosperity by restoring landscape More than a dozen African countries have joined an “unprecedented” $1.6bn (£1bn) initiative to boost development and fight climate change by restoring 100m hectares (247m acres) of forest across the continent over the next 15 years. The African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative – known as AFR100 – was launched on Sunday at a Global Landscapes Forum meeting during the Paris climate change conference. It will be underpinned by a $1bn investment from the World Bank in 14 African countries over the next 15 years and by $600m of private sector investment over the same period. The initiative will also be supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the World Resources Institute. Cameroon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Congo-Brazzaville and Togo have also committed to forthcoming hectare targets as part of the AFR100.
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Grey wolf appears in Iowa for first time in 89 years – and is shot dead DNA testing has confirmed that an animal shot in February in Iowa's Buchanan County was in fact a wolf, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This is the first confirmed grey wolf (Canis lupus) in the US state since 1925. Experts believe the wolf likely travelled south from Wisconsin or Minnesota, the latter of which has the largest wolf population in the lower 48. The Iowa wolf, which was a 65-70 pound healthy female, was shot and killed in February of this year by a hunter who mistook it for a coyote. Although wolves remain a protected species in Iowa, the hunter was not cited, because he believed the animal to be a coyote and has cooperated with authorities, including bringing the wolf to them in the first place.
A sad story, briefly told: A poem by Simon Armitage Psychoanalytic clinicians are no strangers to incomplete narratives: to stories assembled from the bits and pieces of our patients’ unreliable and unsystematic reports about their lives. We take what we can get, gather the details, and together with the patient, construct a more coherent and, hopefully, a more liberating narrative. We know we never have the whole picture—we’re always connecting the dots, making constellations from only the most visible stars. Poets study a version of the same problem: how much do you need to know to know the story, how much will you have to say to tell it? Often, because in poetry brevity is its own pleasure, the question becomes, how little can you say? Here’s a wonderful lesson in concision from a contemporary British poet who I suspect will be little known to most readers of DIVISION/Review, Simon Armitage.
How Whales Will Save The World – If We Let Them Can we fact check this? "But despite the ability of 1500 penguins to eat the same food as a single blue whale, their biomass is only 8% of the whale." I have a hard time buying the idea that a blue whale is more than 33,000 penguins. I'm not pooing on the idea completely, (save the whales) just the idea that they are better carbon sinks than 33,000 penguins merely because of their size. It's hard to weigh a blue whale, but a reasonable estimate for the mass of an average blue whale is on the order of 180 metric tons or 180,000 kilograms. 8% of that is 14,400.
The wolf at the door Photographs courtesy of Marcin Zakrzewski The wolf at the door News that Norway is to cull a large percentage of its wolf population, weighs heavy on the mind. Not just because of the sheer inhumanity of the act, but also because it casts a shadow of doubt over the suggestion that wolves could one day be reintroduced into the UK.
The EU in slides This page contains visual material –slide presentations - illustrating various aspects of the EU. These slides may be a useful tool for teachers, speakers on EU issues, students and anyone interested in giving a presentation about the EU. They offer clear explanations on what the European Union is, what it does and how it works. You may use the slides with no fees or copyright restrictions, and modify them at your own responsibility. The basis for a Union The European Union: 500 million people – 28 countries