National Geographic
Menu

Tag archives for UK

‘Silent Spring’ 50 Years On, an Alarm Still Reverberating

American author Rachel Carson documented the devastating effects of pesticides on the environment in her book Silent Spring. Now, just over 50 years since its publication, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) looks at this seminal work and tracks how the work of the Trust has heeded Carson’s cogent warnings.

A London Sculpture That Covers a Building

Imagine a sculpture made of entirely recycled items. One artist in London is working on one that will cover an entire building.

Raising a World War II Bomber From the English Channel

Pulling a plane out of the English Channel isn’t easy. When it’s a relic of World War II, it’s even harder.

Margaret Thatcher’s Death Brings Intense Feelings, Highlights Cultural Differences

Earlier this week I posted a story about the passing of Margaret Thatcher on April 8, sharing some lesser known facts about the life of the former British prime minister (including that she had been a food scientist who worked on soft serve ice cream before she entered politics). That story struck a nerve with our readers.…

Hunting Records Track UK Game Populations Over Centuries

Gamebag records have been recognized as useful population indicators by British biologists for over a century. Analyzing bag records and taking five- and ten-year averages provide comparisons of performance between moors, the ability to assess the implementation of management practices, such as heather burning (muirburn), and a window on the cyclical pattern of grouse diseases like strongyle worm.

British Lion Debates Ban on Lion Trophies

The lion has long been a traditional symbol of the United Kingdom. Lions feature prominently in the royal coat of arms. The touring rugby football team representing the UK is nicknamed “the Lions.” The UK was often portrayed in political cartoons as the British Lion, similar to the Russian Bear or the American Eagle. So it…

Why the Leopard Got its Spots

Why have big cats evolved such beautiful and intriguing variation in their colors and markings? British scientists have worked out some answers. NGS stock photo of leopard by Chris Johns Detailed patterning of the spots or stripes of big cats evolved for camouflage, researchers at the University of Bristol, UK, said today. Analysis of the…

Hard-won battles against illegal logging are paying off

By Mason Inman If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise? We could ask the same about trees cut down illegally around the world. If governments, watchdog groups, and journalists aren’t there to hear it–that is, to track what’s happening–then it seems it…

King Arthur’s round table located

By Jeremy A. Kaplan (FOXNews.com) King Arthur, Lancelot, and the other knights of the Round Table are more than mere stories. In fact, one British historian has found precisely where that famous table once sat –and what exactly it was. King Arthur and his knights, depicted in a medieval painting sitting around the famous Round…

Snake populations show worldwide decline

Adding to the crushing evidence of global species decline is a new study by an international group of scientists that snakes may now also be in retreat. The disappearance of such top predators may have serious consequences for the functioning of many ecosystems, scientists warn. Newly published data from the UK, France, Italy and Nigeria provides…

Volcanic cloud engulfs European sky, shuts down flights

Britain is a no-fly zone. “Today’s closure of UK airspace is unprecedented. After the 9-11 terrorist attacks in America, transatlantic flights were suspended and the airspace over London alone was closed. But this is the first time all flights into and out of the UK have been grounded.”–Text message from BBC correspondent Jane Peel. The…

Haiti founding document discovered in Britain’s Archives

An original printed copy of Haiti’s Declaration of Independence has been found in the British National Archives in London. “While researching the early independence of Haiti in February, Julia Gaffield found the document, an eight-page pamphlet dated January 1, 1804, in the British National Archives in London, Duke University said in a statement this week. “It is…

UK doubles world’s protected oceans

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced the creation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the British Indian Ocean Territory yesterday, doubling the total area of the world’s oceans under official protection. The new MPA includes a “no-take” marine reserve where commercial fishing, including whaling, will be banned. The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) consists…

Urine cloud makes crayfish mad, and lustful

The mating habits of crayfish are something of a pissing contest. Fiona Berry and Thomas Breithaupt from the University of Hull, UK, investigated the effects of urine-based chemical signaling on sexually active crayfish. “Walking through urine drives crayfish into an aggressive sexual frenzy,” according to the researchers, writing in the open access journal BMC Biology. Crayfish fight…

Britain’s big freeze (picture from space)

Snow covers the entire island of Great Britain on January 7, 2010, in this image captured by NASA’s Terra satellite passing from the east to the west coast overhead. “The cities of Manchester, Birmingham, and London form ghostly gray shapes against the white land surface. Immediately east of London, clouds swirl over the island, casting…