When you put the kettle
on for your morning coffee, spare a minute to think about World Water
Day. Water is essential to life, yet nearly 750 million people are without access to clean drinking water or improved sanitation.
Adelie penguins eat so much krill it can turn their poo pink. They'd probably like us not to eat any.
Scientific research and
conservation need more cash. That’s sadly usually true. It’s especially the case in the Antarctic where research is
expensive but absolutely essential given the massive environmental changes happening
But although new streams
of funding should welcomed for Antarctic research, it’s also important to
question where that funding comes from. After all, there’s just a sliver of a
chance that some seemingly good PR is actually a mind-bogglingly cynical act of
If I said to you that the UK government was responsible for rare
sea turtles, endangered sharks, tropical coral reefs and quite possibly more penguins
than any other country, you might think I was talking about some aquariums or
zoos. It’s certainly not what you think about in UK seas, especially at this
grey time of year (though of course we do have visiting turtles, many shark
species, cold water corals, and puffins as penguin-wannabes). But across the
world the UK has ‘overseas territories’. They are relics of a turbulent past
when flags were planted across the world, and mostly, these days, they are
islands – like Bermuda, Pitcairn, and Ascension. So, in turn, the amazing
wildlife in the seas around these islands is effectively ‘British’.
The UKs largest fishing vessel and quota holder the Cornelis Vrolijk
Just what will it take for this government to give a better deal for the UK’s local, sustainable fishermen? Over the last five years, hundreds of thousands of you campaigned to demand our MEPs and ministers deliver a new set of laws to support fair, sustainable fishing.
Fishermen paddle out towards open waters in Pemba, Quirimbas, northern Mozambique
Fisherfolk communites around the world celebrate World Fisheries Day
today highlighting the importance of sustainable management of fisheries and
raising awareness about overfishing and habitat destruction.