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February 2012

E- and m-training: glimpsing the future in what we’re doing now

After four failed attempts to build a grassed swale along a motorway to the design and performance specifications, an environmental manager told me she finally got the project engineer to agree that maybe the topsoil had to be sieved after all, and that perhaps it was indeed a good idea to mark out the dimensions for the digger driver to follow.  Roadside swales are notoriously difficult to build for long …Read More

“Lucky break” – a scientist sings about restoring ecosystems

Art and science are definitely coming closer together, if recent articles in New Scientist magazine are anything to go by. Of course the beauty of the natural world has always inspired painting, poetry, photography and music – and it’s great to see scientists themselves contributing to this work. Dr John Quinn is a principal scientist at NIWA, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and he specializes in …Read More