Earth & Environment

Air Pollution in 2019: the Numbers

On June 5, the United Nations celebrates World Environment Day. Each year, the goal is to encourage people to take action on a particular...

America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are calling for a “Green New Deal” that would involve massive government spending to shift the...

Can Honeybees Teach Us How to Live?

“Bees know best,” beekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina tend to say. Keen observers of hives, Bosnian beekeepers take bees as knowledgeable beings. The bees, they say,...

COP24 Shows Global Warming Treaties can Survive the Era of the Anti-Climate ‘Strongman’

New leaders have emerged over the past few years who have changed the highest levels of political and diplomatic discourse. After divisive elections, both...

Illegal Wildlife Trade: The Numbers in 2018

The Illegal Wildlife Crime Conference, hosted by the UK government, took place on 11 and 12 October 2018, in London. In a time when...

The Struggle to Protect a Tree at the Heart of Hopi Culture

To the Hopi people, the juniper is a vital part of their traditional way of life.

Organisms (Uniquely) Do It For Themselves (In Defiance Of Determinism)

Most people, when challenged to define ‘life’, start listing what living things do: reproduce, metabolise, evolve etc. The most extraordinary and unique feature is easily overlooked, though obvious.

The Swiftness of Glaciers: Language in a Time of Climate Change

Language bends and buckles under pressure of climate change. Take the adjective ‘glacial’. I recently came across an old draft of my Ph.D. dissertation...

Jedek, a Newly Found Human Language

“Jedek,” spoken in a community within an already-studied “Jahai” language area, is a newly-discovered language in the Malay Peninsula.

The Politics of Fisheries Science – Here to Stay?

Science advocates endorse its distance from politics, to distinguish scientific practices from ‘post-truth’ methods. A historical study of fisheries science asks, “can science ever be far from politics, and should it?”