Surprising New York, Horseshoe Crab Watching

June 21, 2019 by
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Click on the image of breeding Atlantic Horsehoe Crabs to view the short video and read my article about viewing this annual wildlife spectacle that’s been ongoing for about 400 million years!

Horseshoe Crabs in New York? Yes, indeed, this article and video take a brief look at some rather wonderful sea creatures— living fossils closely related to the ancient Eurypterid Sea scorpions. These are Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs, Limulus polyphemus and they have love on their minds!

 

Limulus polyphemus males encircling an egg-laying female at New York's Sunset Cove in Jamaica Bay area.

Limulus polyphemus males encircling an egg-laying female at New York’s Sunset Cove in Jamaica Bay area. C. Paxton image and copyright.

 

 

Sit back, relax and join me on a trip to roughly 450 million years ago. Not a dinosaur in sight! It will take another 200 million years before they get going. Crawling up a beach is a helmet shaped creature with a long spiky tail, ten eyes and it has arrived with love in mind. Yes, this is in New York!

 

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Jimmy & The Djinn Gets Nice Review!

June 4, 2019 by
Jimmy & The Djinn cover illustration by Suzi Seha

Jimmy & The Djinn cover illustration by Suzi Seha

“5.0 out of 5 stars Pure entertainment

April 14, 2013

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I loved Hugh Paxton’s first novel Homunculus, so I was looking forward to reading Jimmy and the Djinn. This is a very different book to Homunculus, but it has the same type of brilliant imagery, humor, and lively action that I’ve come to expect from this author.

I also appreciate the research that went into this book. It was refreshing to read a book about medieval knights that depicts them the way they really were, instead of romanticizing them. Even the food is a good representation of medieval food, and it was little touches like this that really set the scene for me and helped show the difference between Monkshall and the outside world. The effect is gratifyingly spooky.

If you’re looking for entertaining fantasy and you want something a bit different, Jimmy and the Djinn is an excellent choice.”

Author’s note: My teen fantasy novel Jimmy & The Djinn is great if you like DjinniCrusader stories

A diagram of destruction: Extinction stats

May 6, 2019 by

A short, easy to understand diagram of impending catastrophe!

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48104037

 

 

 

The Facebook Un-Dead!

April 30, 2019 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog advises all readers! Read this! And don’t worry too much about it. LP Hartley wrote “the past is a different country”. He added “they do things differently there”.

They do. Did. I like Hartley!

We are unfortunately doing similar things.

https://cosmosmagazine.com/society/soon-the-dead-on-facebook-will-outnumber-the-living

Reminds me of Swiss banks! And many other things.

Cheers!

Hugh

 

Surprising climate change quiz (and getting your kids to eat their kale,foiled Nazis and carrots)

April 29, 2019 by

 

This is quite fun, educational and I did rather less well than I thought I would! Which is annoying!

Give it a shot!

If you have children who won’t eat their kale skip the ‘one million starving children dream of eating kale’ ploy. It doesn’t work and never has.

Instead, give them the relevant quiz result and tell em that if they don’t eat their kale they’ll be swept away by a tsunami, have their heads smashed in by freak hailstones the size of billiard balls, run out of water and be responsible for mass extinctions unparalleled since the death of the dinosaurs and the other horrors listed, for your convenience and your child’s education, at

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/big-five-extinctions

That won’t work either. But it should give them nightmares and scar them for life.

Incidentally if your kids won’t eat their carrots don’t tell em it will help them see in the dark. This was a ploy used by the British to hide their invention of RADAR from the Luftwaffe. The Germans were wondering why the RAF kept shooting down their bombers on moonless nights, the Brits allowed them to decode secret messages exhorting The Few to eat carrots and carrots joined sauerkraut on the mandatory German aviator’s menu. I’m not saying your kid is aware of this cunning subterfuge and its role in the destruction of Nazi ambitions of conquest but in the internet age you never know. And you don’t want to risk your credibility. Stick with tsunamis/hailstones etc. and give em the quiz.

Here’s it is – the quiz!

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/04/specials/climate-change-solutions-quiz/index.html

Better luck than I had!

Cheers!

Hugh

Good news and bad from Vietnam: Dead tiger cub wine, freshwater sea turtle and pickled pangolins (as well as other things)

April 26, 2019 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog visited Vietnam frequently while based in Thailand. I loved the country. If you feel similarly and like me were moved by its natural wonders and ongoing wildlife and environmental triumphs and tragedies the following may be of interest! 

Cheers!

Hugh 

From: env-friends-and-supporters@googlegroups.com <env-friends-and-supporters@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of Tom Edgar

Sent: Friday, April 26, 2019 3:33 AM

To: env-friends-and-supporters@googlegroups.com

Subject: ENV: Pangolin prosecution and wildlife rescues

Dear Friends & Supporters

April has been quite a month for us all at ENV.

Among the news headlines are:

Two sting operations that recovered a total of four dead tiger cubs. They were just months old and for sale on Facebook. Tip-offs to the ENV toll-free wildlife crime hotline enabled us to set up two illegal wildlife traders. We committed considerable time, energy and resources into luring them into the open. The tiger cubs were most likely destined for wine jars.

A hawksbill turtle rescued from a coffee shop pond after what is believed to be nine years of illegal captivity. The turtle had been in fresh water so long it was taken to an aquarium to reacclimatize to salt water with a view to later release.

Our national schools bear letter writing challenge has gone a bit mad. The deadline is May 2, but we have already received well in excess of 80,000 entries. The postman is getting a tad ticked off to be honest. The challenge to write letters to bear owners urging them to quit and surrender their bears has been accepted – and then some – by school students the length of Vietnam.

An ENV evidence dossier enabled cops in Thanh Hoa province to swoop on an illegal wildlife trader as he was delivering wildlife products. A subsequent search of his home turned up further body parts. The haul amounted to two leopard claws, a leopard canine, a wild pig skull, 12 wild pig tusks and a deer antler.

And the coordination of a voluntary transfer of a pangolin called in to the ENV wildlife crime hotline. We got a cock and bull story from the caller, but the priority was to get the pangolin to safety. Thankfully, the authorities in the city of Hue moved quickly for us and released the beyond precious pangolin back into nature after ensuring it was healthy.

Meanwhile, we have had a pangolin release of our own, so to speak, with the publication of a pangolin-themed Wildlife Crime Bulletin. As usual, the publication highlights some of the most prominent issues behind the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam – in particular the pangolin trade – and the efforts of ENV and the authorities as partners in conservation. Download your copy here

 

Please feel free to share this download link with your network –  http://bit.ly/WCBdownload

 

As ever, thank you so much for your ongoing support and words of encouragement. You, literally, keep us going.

If you would like to support our pangolin program, find out more about what we do in Vietnam to protect this amazing and unique creature on our appeal page:  https://www.gofundme.com/protect-the-pangolin 

Tom

 

Tom Edgar

internationalcomms@envietnam.org

Make a difference  Gift of Peace 2019

David Attenborough Rides Again! Climate Change – the Facts!

April 21, 2019 by

Hard on the heels of the knock-out Our Planet series Sir David swings back into the arena with Climate Change: The Facts. Two things surprised me about this. Firstly the speed with which it was broadcast. Was he risking an Attenborough overdose? Too much of a good thing? More, Heaven forbid! of the same? It wasn’t. It was different and a a whole lot more. And, given that he is 93 years old, time is of the essence. Number two. The following review. It’s one of the few times I’ve read a Guardian newspaper review/opinion piece and actually found myself in agreement with the writer!

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/18/climate-change-the-facts-review-our-greatest-threat-laid-bare-david-attenborough

New York State Public Hearing on Climate Change by Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation

April 20, 2019 by

Kudos to New York for its response to climate change!

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New York's Manhattan Island as viewed from Brooklyn Bridge Park
New York’s Manhattan Island as viewed from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Here’s a link to a short video on the Facebook platform airing opinions about climate change that went before the New York State Public Hearing at Albany on Feb. 12 by the Committee on Environmental Conservation. They say that New York is prepared to act on climate change even if Washington isn’t.

I think it’s comforting news that in North America some local and state governments are willing and capable of acting independently when it makes good sense to them to do so. Well done, New York! This is video from Daniela Lapidous of NY ReNews shows in her words:

” …. New Yorkers from all walks of life, who testified at our state’s first-ever public hearings on climate change. These experts and community members came through with a strong show of support for the Climate & Community Protection Act!…

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Songs of Enchantment

April 11, 2019 by

IMGP5783Hugh Paxton’s Blog has a cousin, Adele, currently residing in an intriguing and by American standards ancient farmhouse in old woods overlooking a lake in Connecticut. I have only been there once but I find it pleasantly haunted. If you know what I mean, which you probably don’t! It’s quiet, mysterious, with creaky stairs, snug beds, and a mossy garden with winding paths. It’s the sort of place I imagine poet Walter de la Mare would have liked which brings me to the point of this blog!

Adele is a singer, and without being partisan, a very good one! She and her friend, Dennis ‘Mackie’ McCorkie, have just released an album, available at:

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mackieandme

If you like Enya or Bonnie Dobson (Walking in the Morning Dew, subsequently mangled, in my opinion, by The Grateful Dead) you will like Songs of Enchantment. Soothing, sometimes mournful or mysterious, occasionally jazzical feisty, the songs are all inspired by De la Mare’s poetry. Peacock Pie is one of my favourite anthologies and Adele and Mackie do him justice. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Planet: One (very good) launch speech

April 10, 2019 by

Scene: London’s Natural History Museum

Occasion: Launch of new Netflix series “Our Planet.”

Speaker: Prince Charles

https//youtu.be/xzHhEZYUibE

Without wishing to belittle her numerous accomplishments I sometimes wish the Queen would step down and give him a crack at being King!

 

 

 

 


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