Typically reserved for psychedelic ‘60s posters and funky lava lamps, fluorescence adopts a new important role in the discovery of mysterious marine species. By following the lead of a new tourism trend, scientists in Australia have developed a creative and colorful way to detect lesser-known lifeforms under the sea. We are surrounded and often outnumbered... Continue Reading →
By Massimiliano Lovatelli @wonderingbeyond It is probable that you never had a troop of baboons as neighbours. We all love a good story, so let me tell you a Baboon story, or more specifically the story of my neighbours, the Eburru Cliffs troop. Their story began in 1970 when the GilGil Baboon Project, now the... Continue Reading →
Flying east from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu in the northern Bornean state of Sabah, Malaysia gives two conflicting views of tropical forests. For those on the right-hand side of the plane, the view is a complex rainforest matrix of blues and greens representing some of the most biologically diverse forest on earth. For those... Continue Reading →
On 23rd August 2017 took place the first ever legal online auction of rhino horn. Regardless of the CITES ban on international rhino horn trade, South Africa decided to lift its 2009 moratorium on the domestic ban to sell rhino horns. Rhino horn is traditionally used in East Asia for its alleged medicinal purposes –... Continue Reading →
In a recent announcement to the world, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lifted and backflipped a ban on the importation of elephant trophies. What are the implications on conservation and from a socio-economic perspective to the countries involved on a ban on the importation of elephant trophies? What is trophy hunting? Trophy hunting is... Continue Reading →
Peatlands play a significant role in tackling climate change thanks to their carbon storage capacity, which is considerably high below ground due to the waterlogged condition of the soil. Recent research (Draper et al., 2014) shows that they can store ̶ including below- and above-ground carbon ̶ near half the amount of the above-ground carbon... Continue Reading →
The border between USA and Mexico spans approximately 2000 miles and the region has been under continuous socio-political and ecological struggles (Lorey, 1999). Mexico is the nearest and therefore the easiest way into the U.S. for the Latin-American organized crime cartels and the traffic between these nations creates social circumstances with the majority resulting in... Continue Reading →
14 million people in the UK tuned in to watch Blue Planet II on the 29th October 2017 - the largest TV audience of the year and a record-breaking viewership for any nature show. In attracting such a large audience, Blue Planet II has engaged an island nation with its greatest asset – the ocean.