What We Talk About When We Talk About War (VIII)

When I first wrote about the Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) two years ago, the civil conflict in Syria had already been wreaking havoc on citizens and landscape for over 24 months. It was suspected that chemical weapons had been used on civilians, and historical monuments were being destroyed. A bit of good news was…

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International Flow

The Allondon River, a brief little slip as rivers go, starts as run-off from the Jura mountains, courses 22 km (14 m) through the area of France where I live, across the border into Switzerland, where it flows into the Rhône River on the Swiss side of the border before the Rhône itself flows into…

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One of these things is not like the other ones

It’s a strange fact that most creatures seem to know, either by instinct, habit or reasoning, that regular inbreeding does not make for a strong population. Given availability and opportunity, populations will find a way to mix genetic lines and thus keep their species healthy and adaptable. Where this is not possible, a species might…

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