Chronicles

Since the spring of 2021, I have been writing regular science chronicles in the French daily newspaper Libération

A landscape of fear

A landscape of fear The Cape gannet saw the seal coming, but too late. In smooth undulations, it glided at three meters per second, a brown and shiny shadow on the surface of the Southern Ocean. The bird frantically tried to take off, flapping its wings and legs, but the mammal grabbed it in the… Continue Reading →

Coffee, machete and biodiversity

Photo : Près de 95% des productions éthiopiennes de café n’utilisent pas de pesticides selon la Banque mondiale. (Michael Tewelde /Xinhua. AFP) Coffee, machete and biodiversity Early night; this working day will once again hang on my coffee pot. Where would I be without this beverage, in a less globalised world? My daily life depends… Continue Reading →

Sea otters, sea urchins and algae

When Europeans settled the Alaskan coast in the 19th century, they created a trade in sea otter pelts that led to the disappearance of the species in the region. In the absence of the otters, the sea urchins they love swarmed. They have eaten up all the kelp, the large brown seaweed that can grow… Continue Reading →

The flycatcher and COP26

As COP26 draws to a close, with little hope for a real transformation of our ways of doing things, let’s take a look at past climates and their impacts on wildlife. We are living in the Quaternary Era, which began 2.58 million years ago; a straw in the history of the Earth, but a period… Continue Reading →

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