The rise of the internet offers exciting opportunities for conservation. But it is currently mostly used for citizen science and crowd sensing, methods to gather information to support scientific research. This article explores the possibility of the internet to open up conservation to different groups and fresh ideas.
Rameswaram is a small village in the South of India that has a very unique connection with the sea. Situated here is the countries’ only successful seaweed extraction enterprise, run by women. Every day at dawn, the women make their way to the bay and take a boat out into the waters of the Gulf... Continue Reading →
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists who have worked for decades to identify the molecular mechanism controlling our bodies’ internal clocks—our circadian rhythms. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young first isolated the gene that controls circadian rhythms back in 1984. They discovered that this gene,... Continue Reading →
The California coast attracts visitors not only for the aesthetically pleasing ocean views, but also for the glimpse of a bird that puts vultures to shame: the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). Although spotting North America’s largest land bird is still a rare occurrence, the chances of seeing this critically endangered bird today are much greater... Continue Reading →
With health experts reporting the necessity to eat two meals rich in fish a week, the demand for seafood is omnipresent. But whilst people tuck into their dinner of sole, they may be horrified to learn that they could be eating Asian catfish instead. When filleted, different fish species can look indistinguishable. It is this... Continue Reading →
Unless delimited by a river or mountain range, human boundaries rarely map to the habitats of non-human species. This is perhaps one of the greatest challenges we face today in the field of conservation. For every political space entails its own unique set of policies, or lack thereof, that concern the management of ecological terrains... Continue Reading →
Transparency of product supply chains has become a key issue in recent years. Increasingly, we want to know what’s in a product, where it’s from, how it was made and by whom – just think the horsemeat scandal, stricter EU food labelling standards, and the creation of the UK National Food Crime Unit. Many NGO-led... Continue Reading →
Whilst the topic of wildlife trade is vastly discussed in scientific papers and news reports highlighting on the charismatic and flagship species like sea turtles, tiger, and elephants across the global, there has been a rapid growth of research interest on the online wildlife trade reflecting the internet provides more opportunities for trading wildlife on... Continue Reading →