Archive for May, 2014

Oldest Living Things in the World

Read this great review of Rachel Sussman’s book – very well deserved.


American Museum of Natural History – newly digitized archives

The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan released more than 7,000 images at the beginning of May – the result of a digitization project started in 2006, which will eventually see the release of more than 1 million photos.

Click here for access.

Mount Fuji 'Bloodroot Flower' Wild Flowers, Glacier National Park, Montana


Changes at the Natural History Museum, London

dippy6This wonderful museum, Winner of Best of the Best in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2013,  has received an amazing donation of £5m towards its redevelopment plans.

British-Australian businessman and philanthropist Sir Michael Hintze has made a donation of £5 million to the Natural History Museum through the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation. It is the largest single donation the Museum has ever received. The renamed Hintze Hall is probably best known as the home to the Diplodocus, Dippy, which was unveiled to the public in 1905.

This redevelopment is the first part of a long-term plan to improve the Museum’s overall visitor experience and to continue to support the research of 300 scientists who work here, much of which impacts on global research into biodiversity and climate change.

A record 5,356,884 visitors came to the Museum in 2013, an increase of 6.7 per cent year on year.

Read more here.




Teens Sue Federal Government for Not Creating Climate Change Action Plan

Nature World News reports that a group of California youth is suing government agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, for failing to develop a plan of action against climate change.

The plaintiffs demand that the federal government immediately devise a climate recovery strategy to avoid 2 degrees C of warming above pre-industrial levels.

Read more here.

Nature is not natural to us anymore!

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine has released the results of a survey, which reveals that 98% of the 2000 people it surveyed were unable to name common trees.

Read more here.