Thursday, July 27, 2006

Networks of species.

By evaluating the role of a species in an ecosystem such as its position within the network of species in the community/ecosystem and thus the stability that it provides to the community, we could evaluate the importance of that species. The loss of some species on the periphery of the food web might have a much lower impact than central species that are interconnected with large numbers of other species. This still makes it bloody hard to put a £ value on a species but at least they species could be ranked in order of importance within the ecosystem. Then again maybe not?

Beckett in rebuke to US over Scottish stop-off for Israeli bombs

I think it is great that someone in the government, i.e. Margaret Beckett, is standing up to the US and lets hope that we continue to distance ourselves from the terrible US foreign policy. I think that we should publicly deny the US request for 2 further stopovers at Prestwick in the weeks to come. This would demonstrate that we are not their lap dog and that we do not support their foreign policy. Also, we would not be seen as hypocrites, helping Israel bomb Lebanon while sending humanitarian aid to Lebanon.

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