Fred Pearce

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a former news editor at New Scientist, is currently that magazine's environment and development consultant; he has written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History; his books include Keepers of the Spring, Turning Up the Heat, and Deep Jungle; he lives in England category World water issues publisher Beacon Press 2006 trade(More)
We have attempted to reproduce the findings of Benveniste and co-workers, who reported in 1988 that degranulation of human basophil leukocytes is triggered by very dilute (10(2)-10(120)) antiserum against IgE. The results were contrary to conventional scientific theory and were not satisfactorily explained. Following as closely as possible the methods of(More)
Histamine secretion from mast cells may be inhibited by elevated intracellular levels of cyclic AMP and by several anti-allergic drugs. These compounds are claimed to act directly on the calcium-gating mechanism activated by the anaphylactic reaction, preventing influx of Ca2+ from the external environment and so blocking exocytosis. To examine this(More)
Too late? In late May 2012, Tanzania's Minister for Land, Housing and Urban Settlements, Anna Tibaijuka, announced that she was establishing a Land Authority which would be 'responsible for ensuring that people evicted from their land to give way to investments or government uses will be handsomely compensated, according to world standards unlike the(More)
We use a 3-D finite difference numerical model to generate synthetic seismograms from a simple fractured reservoir containing evenly spaced, discrete, vertical fractures. The fractures are represented using a single column of anisotropic grid points. Analysis of seismic amplitudes and spectral characteristics were carried out on the top and base reservoir(More)
Subduction of the Cocos plate beneath southern Mexico is characterized by several unusual features, such as a discontinuous volcanic arc, unusual arc chemistry, and anomalously low topography of Tehuantepec Isthmus. Recent seismic images from both receiver functions and seismic tomography suggest that there may be an additional, opposing structure dipping(More)