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 But there is an emerging consensus that this epoch may now be over, superseded by a new age: the Anthropocene.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.
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