Layers of Problems – Climate Change and the Oceans

A lot of the focus regarding climate change is on the atmosphere or the land, but we can’t forget that 71% of Earth’s surface is covered by water. The possible changes related to the oceans are complex but far-reaching and could have geopolitical changes in addition to affecting the environment. Climate change won’t just causeContinue reading “Layers of Problems – Climate Change and the Oceans”

Bluetongue virus – A Transcontinental Disease

If you’ve read my previous posts, you might have noticed that I’ve previously mentioned bluetongue virus, and this post is solely dedicated to that particular arbovirus. Bluetongue is an excellent example of a disease that will likely benefit from climate change, increasing in both frequency and range. Part of the reason why the BTV-8 outbreakContinue reading “Bluetongue virus – A Transcontinental Disease”

Preventing The Next Pandemic

At the time of writing this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the world stands are 201 million, with 4.27 million deaths. According to The Economist, the cost of the pandemic could amount to $10 trillion in forgone GDP over 2020-21. For reference, that’s enough money to buy 66 International Space Stations (at $150Continue reading “Preventing The Next Pandemic”

The Next Big One

As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot forget what happened. Our focus needs to fall on what the next pandemic could be and how and where it could occur. The World Health Organisation lists ten priority diseases that have epidemic potential, including: COVID-19 Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever Ebola virus and Marburg virus LassaContinue reading “The Next Big One”

Disease in the UK – The Impact of Climate Change

Source: Baylis, M. (2017). Potential impact of climate change on emerging vector-borne and other infections in the UK. Environmental Health, 16(1), 45-51. You would have seen in my recent posts about the impacts of climate change on disease, however those have always concerned tropical regions. In the UK, we’ve always been relatively safe, due to our temperateContinue reading “Disease in the UK – The Impact of Climate Change”

Spotlight: Environmental variability supports chimpanzee behavioural diversity

Source: Kalan, A. K., Kulik, L., Arandjelovic, M., Boesch, C., Haas, F., Dieguez, P., … & Michael Fay, J. (2020). Environmental variability supports chimpanzee behavioural diversity. http://researchonline. ljmu. ac. uk/id/eprint/14322. This study identified that environmental variability had a more important effect on chimpanzee behavioural diversity, than climate or habitat stability. It suggests that the needContinue reading “Spotlight: Environmental variability supports chimpanzee behavioural diversity”

Introducing ‘Spotlight’

My previous posts have been longer, essay-style pieces which are incredibly interesting to research. However, they are also time-consuming and I’m struggling to find the hours to complete them in a reasonable amount of time. This brings me onto my new segment called Spotlight, where I will produce an short piece on a single, newContinue reading “Introducing ‘Spotlight’”

Primates and climate change: A review of current knowledge

Source: Korstjens, A. H., & Hillyer, A. P. (2016). Primates and climate change: A review of current knowledge. An introduction to primate conservation, 175-192. Part Two: Vulnerability One of the major issues for conservation is trying to determine which species needs conserving more urgently. Vulnerability, in special regard to climate change, is complex and all theContinue reading “Primates and climate change: A review of current knowledge”

Primates and climate change: A review of current knowledge.

Source: Korstjens, A. H., & Hillyer, A. P. (2016). Primates and climate change: A review of current knowledge. An introduction to primate conservation, 175-192. Part One: Impacts As I wrote about in my last post about assessing vulnerability (Graham et al, 2016), we know that climate change will affect both temperature and precipitation. Whilst scientists areContinue reading “Primates and climate change: A review of current knowledge.”