A decade ago, United Nations members crafted an agreement to curb the loss of biodiversity. We’ve failed miserably, but all […]
BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION
Are we in the midst of a sixth mass extinction?The Scientist, Jul 2022. Today’s extinction rates are sky-high. But scientists debate if that’s sufficient evidence to conclude that Earth is undergoing a mass extinction event—or whether that’s even a helpful designation.
Scientists can’t agree about Chernobyl’s impact on wildlife. Knowable Magazine (republished by Inverse), Feb 2022. Is Chernobyl a radioactive wasteland reeling from chronic radiation, or a post-nuclear paradise with thriving populations of animals and other life forms? Studies don’t always agree about levels of mutations and other ill effects.
The last wild lions of Europe. Sapiens (republished by The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura), Jan 2022. Mounting archaeological evidence is revealing that modern lions may have roamed free in Southeastern Europe—overturning long-held assumptions about art and mythology in the process.
The human right that benefits nature. BBC Future, Mar 2021. More than 100 constitutions across the world have adopted a human right to a healthy environment, often serving as a powerful tool to protect the natural world.
Can rewilding predators regenerate ecosystems?The Scientist, Nov 2020. As some conservationists and researchers begin to return large carnivores to areas where they once roamed, scientists intensify efforts to study the ecological roles of predators.
Fish poop a big player in ocean carbon sequestration. The Scientist, Oct 2021. A modeling study estimates that by drastically reducing fish biomass over the past century, industrial fishing may be affecting ocean chemistry, nutrient fluxes, and carbon cycling as much as climate change.
Does protecting the sea harm fishermen? It’s complicated. The Counter, Apr 2020. President Obama created some of the world’s largest protected marine reserves, a decision long protested by the fishing industry. Yet some are hopeful that these no-fishing zones may actually help fishermen in the long run.
How unseasonal winters affect our minds. BBC Climate Emotions, Feb 2021. For those who grew up marveling at snowflakes or hurtling downhill on a sledge, how do you adapt to a world where these joys are growing increasingly few and far between?
The daring plan to save the Arctic with glass. BBC Future Planet, Sep 2020. The fear that action to combat climate change has been too slow has led some scientists to test unconventional methods to stem the loss of Arctic sea ice.
Green energy’s dirty side effects. Foreign Policy, Jun 2020. The global transition to renewables could lead to human rights abuses and risks exacerbating inequalities between the West and the developing world.
Could geoengineering projects help tackle climate change?Deutsche Welle, Jan 2020. A range of technologies — loosely defined as ‘geoengineering’ — are being explored as responses to climate change. Yet their effectiveness, and whether they should be implemented at all, is debated among scientists.