Mysterious oil spill highlights lack of conservation efforts in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Over the last few months Brazil has been the epicentre of an unusual and highly damaging oil spill. Although the country is not directly responsible, the lack of action by those in power highlights why the country has been so heavily criticised for its conservation policies in recent years. You may or may not be … More Mysterious oil spill highlights lack of conservation efforts in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

The money in mangroves: how our coastal forests save us billions

Mangroves are one of the most financially valuable ecosystems on Earth. They protect us from storms and flooding and provide us with fish and eco-tourism. But we are losing them at an alarming rate right when we need them the most. Looking at a mangrove it is very hard to imagine it could be worth … More The money in mangroves: how our coastal forests save us billions

Breaking down the IPCC special report on climate change and our oceans

This week the IPCC released a special report focusing on how climate change is impacting our oceans and predicting the scale of future problems. Here I provide a summary of the key findings and clearly explain some of the bigger issues. On 25th September at the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in Monaco … More Breaking down the IPCC special report on climate change and our oceans

The sea otter story

Written by Amy Barker If you have an interest in marine conservation you are likely to have heard the story of the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis), the ‘keystone’ species that restored an entire ecosystem along the California coastline. For those of you who have not encountered this story before, or whose memory is … More The sea otter story

The Japanese fishing village with blood on their hands

Taiji may appear to be a charming little fishing village, but it has a dark and violent tradition of hunting dolphins. After being exposed to the world over a decade ago it seems very little has changed despite strong controversy and opposition. To an unsuspecting visitor the traditional architecture, quaint harbour and crystal clear waters … More The Japanese fishing village with blood on their hands