UNESCO has made their call on the status of the Great Barrier Reef. They have confirmed the Great Barrier Reef is still at risk and they will keep a close watch on our natural wonder. What does it mean, and what now?
Just a few weeks ago we started this campaign by asking a very simple question: is Standard Chartered helping to find money for one of the planet’s most destructive fossil fuel projects that threatens the Great Barrier Reef? We asked this question in front of Standard Chartered’s shareholders at their AGM in London.
Dendronephthya Soft Corals, Acropora Coral and Fairy Basslets. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
It’s World Oceans Day and some of the most stunning underwater photos you'll see are taken in the Great Barrier Reef. The largest living thing on Earth, the Reef stretches over 2,600 kilometers, has over 900 islands and can even be seen from outer space.
A blue-crowned motmot (Momotus momota) seen in the Amazon rainforest
The United Nations has declared May 22nd The International Day for Biodiversity. This year's theme focuses on sustainable development goals. We all enjoy living in a colourful world where different species play their various roles in the maintenance of an ecosystem that is so vital for our existence.
Next year, the International Union of Geological Sciences will report on the outcome of one of the biggest scientific debates of our time: whether the Earth has entered a new geological epoch. For the last 10,000 years – a period that has seen the birth and flourishing of human civilisation – we have been living through the Holocene epoch. But there is an emerging consensus that this epoch may now be over, superseded by a new age: the Anthropocene. The age of humans.
Yesterday the UK High Court gave the green light for a full judicial review into whether the UK fishing quota allocation system is unlawful under new European law.
The government has given out fishing quota in largely the same way since the mid-90s. About 95% of the fishing quota is awarded to the larger end of the fleet, most notably domestic and foreign controlled industrial fishing businesses – such as the vessel Cornelis Vrolijk - which we previously exposed. It's symbolic of just how broken the system is.
Here’s a prediction: the next UK government will do great
things for global marine protection.
At this stage in a general election campaign it’s sometimes
hard to find something that politicians wearing differently coloured rosettes
can agree on, but with an unprecedented bunch of manifesto commitments, there’s
a growing certainty that the next UK government will be an ocean champion.
Global Slavery Index figures estimate almost 30 million people are still in slavery today
The Thai coastline has become a haven for young western tourists drawn by the pulls of warm weather, beautiful beaches and exciting new experiences. But only a matter of miles out to sea this idyllic image is offset by a different and altogether more harrowing setting, but one that the Modern Slavery Act will hopefully help make a thing of the past.