Honduran dictators kill


From Associated Press:

[Honduran President] Zelaya told the Argentine cable channel Todo Noticias that 10 of his supporters had been killed, though he gave no details. Authorities said there were no deaths at all, though they said one person suffered a gunshot wound.

Dr. Mario Sanchez at the Escuela Hospital in Tegucigalpa said three people were treated for gunshot wounds there, however.

From AFP today:

“These fascists have dared to surround the embassy of Brazil, have beaten people, they have killed two comrades and tortured people,” said Bertha Caceres of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras.

Tirza Flores, a member of the group Judges for Democracy, described a “situation of total chaos” and said police were making “mass arrests.”

From RTÉ news in Ireland:

A man has been shot dead in a clash between police and supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

It was the first reported death in political violence since Mr Zelaya, who was forced into exile by a 28 June coup, arrived back to Honduras on Monday and sought refuge in the Brazilian embassy.

The man, a Zelaya supporter aged 65, was killed in the Flor del Campo district of the capital.

From Xinhua news agency:

Two people died during a turmoil arose in the country since Monday when ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras, Honduran police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said on Wednesday.

This is definitely not the first time that the Honduras dictators have killed.

Shaun Joseph, recently returned from a solidarity delegation to Honduras, analyzes the latest stage in the struggle to stop the coup against Manuel Zelaya: here.

The United Nations has suspended electoral assistance worth about $1.3m to Honduras, saying that conditions in the country are “not favourable” for polls scheduled for November: here.

Invasive species in the Wadden Sea


Botrylloides violaceus

From GiMaRIS in the Netherlands:

In three weeks time 28 non-native species are found of which twelve are new to the Dutch Wadden Sea. Some of these species like Botrylloides violaceus, which is introduced from the NW Pacific, are very brightly coloured.

Botrylloides violaceus is a sea squirt. Like Didemnum vexillum, another new Wadden Sea species. Also two Japanese crab species, including the Asian shore crab, were discovered for the first time ever in the Wadden Sea.

Source: NRC Handelsblad daily, paper edition, 22 September 2009, page 8.

Invasive Alien Species, ranging from disease and plants, to rats and goats, are one of the top three threats to life on this planet, according to a new publication coordinated by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), of which BirdLife International is a partner: here.

The sea squirt offers hope for Alzheimer’s sufferers: here.

What Sea Squirts Can Teach Us About the Heart: here.

Rare Indian lotus threatened


Nymphaea tetragona

From the BBC:

Rare Indian lotus ‘disappearing’

By Parameswaran Sivaramakrishnan
BBC Tamil service

A rare species of lotus is on the verge of disappearing from India, according to scientists.

An expert told BBC News that efforts to save Nymphaea tetragona, found only in a small private pond in India, have not been effective.

Despite a variety of methods of propagation, the plants have failed to grow in sufficiently large numbers.

Leading botanist Pramod Tandon said that it is now as important to save the existing examples as to propagate them.

N. tetragona, technically a water lily, is globally rare.

In India the only surviving examples live on a small piece of private land in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya. …

As only 20 to 30 plants are left, it is the conservation efforts to protect the area where they are that are of paramount importance.

How cities drive plants extinct : here.

Honduras dictators escalate conflict with Brazil and their own people


This is a video in Spanish, about Hondurans happy about the return of democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya; before the dictatorship’s forces attacked them violently.

Brazil has urged the UN to convene an emergency meeting to resolve the tense stand-off in Honduras, where the country’s deposed president has been forced to take refuge in the Brazilian embassy: here.

London wildlife survey results


This video from England is about a mother fox and 6 young foxes filmed in London.

From Wildlife Extra:

London wildlife survey results

23/09/2009 09:17:19

Make Your Nature Count

September 2009. You’re more likely to see a fox in London than you will in the countryside. That’s the finding of the RSPB’s first ever spring survey, Make Your Nature Count.

More than 62,000 people took part in the new wildlife stock-take. Participants were asked to note the birds as well as other garden visitors, such as squirrels, frogs and toads.

Pigeons are most common – Cats in 86% of gardens

In London pigeons are the most common garden visitors, followed by blackbirds and robins. Traditionally, house sparrows and starlings were the top two most common species, but, worryingly, they’ve slipped to seventh and eighth places respectively. Cats were recorded in 86% of the gardens surveyed, almost equalled by the number of squirrels. Foxes were third placed, appearing in 70 per cent of gardens.

Global warming will threaten the capital’s wildlife habitats by increasing the risk of flooding in the winter and drought in the summer, the London Climate Change Partnership said on Sunday: here.

Wales: Red squirrels have found their way across the Menai Strait from Anglesey to Gwynedd, conservationists believe: here.

Red squirrels are returning to areas of Scotland where they have not been seen for years, according to campaigners: here.

New plateosaurus in natural history museum


This video is called Plateosaurus Tribute.

On Wednesday 30 September, a recently aquired plateosaurus fossil skeleton will be assembled in Naturalis museum in Leiden, the Netherlands.

This assembling will be open to the museum public.

The plateosaurus is over five meter in size. It is from Frick in Switzerland, where over a hundred specimens of this dinosaur have been discovered in a mass grave.

This will be the third dinosaur in the Naturalis museum.

Special Issue: Unearthing the Anatomy of Dinosaurs: New Insights Into Their Functional Morphology and Paleobiology: here.