Tundras and Poles

Pelagia noctiluma and Chrysaora hysoscella take an unexpected voyage to the Adriatic Sea

Environment | Oceans , 15th November 2021

The beautiful Adriatic Sea has recently been visited by two marvellous jellyfish species—Pelagia noctiluca and Chrysaora hysoscella. Local scientists were shocked about these sightings, leaving many to question the frequency and potential consequences of the jellyfish visits.

Sustainable Seafood: What, Why and How?

Environment | Oceans, November 1st, 2021

Recent years and events have demonstrated the need for a transition towards more sustainable food systems. In order to achieve this transition, we have to ask the simple ‘what’, why’, and ‘how’ questions concerning sustainability, dietary choices, and global food systems.

The Grindadráp - A tradition or a bloodbath?

Environment | Oceans, 13th October 2021

The Grindadráp is a deeply rooted part of Faroese culture; however, it has recently received plenty of criticism from international audiences due to a new record hunt where 1,428 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were beached and slaughtered.

Phytoplankton: heroes or victims of climate change?

Environment | Oceans, September 30th, 2021

Microscopic life in our oceans plays a vital role in taking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—but can we rely on them to curb our emissions?

Tropical reefs under threat as tumour-like disease dysregulates coral metabolism

Environment | Oceans, July 27th, 2021

Samples taken from Hawaii’s coral reefs and analysed using biochemical profiling have revealed that a devastating disease linked to human activity is degrading tropical reefs by disrupting coral metabolism.

Sulu Sulawesi: a seascape approach to funding a blue economy

Environment | Oceans, June 22nd, 2021

Currently 5% of our oceans are actively protected, by 2030 Conservation International hopes that 30% of marine areas will be under protection. The establishment of seascapes may just help shift current marine economies into sustainable ‘blue’ economies.

A status report on the critically endangered Māui dolphin

Environment | Oceans, March 18th, 2021

Two of the world’s smallest dolphins have been listed as endangered and critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The populations of Hector’s and Māui dolphins are dwindling, with only around 10,000 Hector’s and a mere 63 Māui dolphins, respectively.

Wildfires in the Mediterranean: a little too wild

Environment | Forests, September 16th, 2021

There is growing evidence that higher temperatures associated with global warming are increasing the number of summer wildfires across the Mediterranean region.

Unspoken victims of warfare: the destructive impacts of armed conflict on local biodiversity

Environment | Forests, September 6th, 2021

In the last 50 years, over 80% of human conflicts have overlapped with a biodiversity hotspot, despite these areas only taking up 3% of the Earth’s land surface. Currently, 64 of 195 countries that have biodiversity hotspots, have been listed as areas of priority for conservation efforts.

Northern Borneo’s mangrove forests are disappearing, along with our blue carbon stocks

Environment | Forests, August 30th, 2021

An island where palm oil plantations cover land as far as the eye can see, Borneo’s tropical rainforests are not the only forests under threat of deforestation. Between 2000 and 2015, 25,500 hectares of mangrove forests have disappeared.

The Bolsonaro Administration is not taking enough action to conserve Earth’s shrinking lungs.

Environment | Forests, May 12th, 2021

The Amazonian rainforest is vital to mitigating the impacts of climate change. However, findings suggest that, due to ongoing human disturbances, deforested areas of the world’s largest rainforest are not recovering at a fast-enough rate.

Should wolves be protected on Swiss soil? A referendum that divides a neutral country.

Environment | Forests, March 1st, 2021

On the 27 November 2020, 51.9 per cent of Swiss voters voted ‘No’ in a referendum revising the Swiss Hunting Act of 1986. In Switzerland, wolves will continue to be a nationally protected species.

Southeast Asia’s mountains are losing their tropical forests to make room for agricultural expansion

Environment | Mountains, August 1st, 2021

Satellite datasets have determined that between 2001 to 2019, around 61 million hectares of tropical forests have been lost in the mountains of Southeast Asia.

Increasing drought events are drying up grasslands and croplands in the northern hemisphere

Environment | Grasslands, October 7th, 2021

Global databases have found trends indicating that the increased prevalence and intensity of droughts are reducing the net gross primary productivity of northern mid-latitude grassland ecosystems.

How peatland restoration is helping the UK’s ospreys to bounce back

Environment | Grasslands, September 19th, 2021

Restoring peatlands is vital in the fight against climate change. The Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve in Cumbria was once a threatened habitat due to heavy grazing and years of conifer tree planting, which severely dried up the landscape. However, the reserve is now leading in peatland restoration, helping to prevent the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Additionally, the reserve has become a successful nesting site for one of the UK’s most treasured birds of prey: the osprey.

Gabon and Kenya call for international support in the fight against human-elephant conflict.

Environment | Grasslands, May 8th, 2021

Two countries, opposite coasts, both calling for international aid in mitigating the never-ending clashes between wild elephants and rural communities.

Sub-Saharan groundwater supply in the face of climate change—an uncertain future?

Environment | Deserts, October 4th, 2021

Groundwater abstractions within sub-Saharan Africa must increase in order to satisfy the projected growth in water demand. Yet little is known about the renewability of groundwater resources, particularly under climate change, as limited observational data and modeling uncertainty is preventing any robust estimations.

Mammal and bird communities are collapsing in the Mojave Desert

Environment | Deserts, July 17th, 2021

Evolution has given desert animals time to equip themselves with strategies to bear—even thrive—the temperatures of the barren lands. Although, previously, desert communities had thousands of years to adapt to their environment. Now with the rate of our current warming climate, even these heat-specialists cannot keep up.

Rising ocean temperatures are set to drive fundamental shifts in Arctic communities

Environment | Tundras and Poles, September 2nd, 2021

Rising ocean temperatures, sea ice decline, and the geographic re-distribution of Atlantic species are threatening vulnerable Arctic marine communities. Unless warming abates, Arctic species are likely to be replaced by boreal (Atlantic) generalists.

Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet: much more than just rising sea levels.

Environment | Tundras and Poles, June 16th, 2021

An international collaborative study found that mercury levels in Greenland glacial meltwater compare to levels measured in industrial China.