Facebook for animals, wonky fruit and veg success, and signs of Australia shifting its environmental attitudes... (Photo: Xinhua / Barcroft Images)
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Global deforestation is increasing - one football pitch of forest was lost every second in 2017. Much of this clearing is illegal and a result of corruption. Extremely informative article with excellent infographics. Link
...meanwhile, Norway has pledged £12m to tackle illegal deforestation worldwide. Link
UK announces strategy to protect world's oceans. The government seems to be taking marine protection seriously with a long-term approach. Link
Banning palm oil would likely displace, not halt biodiversity loss, according to an IUCN report. Link
BP buys UK's biggest electric car charger network for £130m. Big oil is diversifying and it could prove advantageous for increasing amounts of electric motorists. Link
Mumbai bans plastic bags and bottles. India began enacting it's ambitious goal to ban all single use plastics by 2022. Early days, but it could prove to be a fascinating test case of what problems/opportunities will arise if plastic is banned suddenly and completely. Link
Australia are considering banning all single use plastics by 2023. This and other plastic bans (cf India, EU) have been greatly precipitated by China's decision to no longer accept foreign recyclable waste - a blessing in disguise? Link
Australia are also waking up to their own biodiversity crisis and have launched an official inquiry. It has recorded the highest rate of mammalian extinction of any country over the past 200 years. Link
Wildbook and Microsoft are working on a massive ID database for individual animals. AI for conservation. Link
UK supermarket Morrisons said sales of its 'wonky' fruit and veg – which it sells at a lower price as a way to cut down waste – have more than tripled over the last three months. I really like this story as an example of how you can benefit from changing the rules of the game and embracing the weird. Link
Coral Reef Ecologist Nick Evensen tells us how he's been inspired by the likes of Jacques Cousteau and his diving experiences with Ocean Black Tip Sharks! Link
We've started publishing back-issues of the Leafcutter. Link
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018. Gallery
"I never imagined there would be quite so many of you who would be inspired to want change." - Sir David Attenborough. Video
...Aaaand the award, for cutest butterfly in the world goes to: Image
Another nice moth. Image
A great horned owl skull. Image
A peackock-tail anemone shrimp. Image
The Vietnam moss frog: taking camouflage to the next level. Image
Xenu-Canto: a crowdsourced database of bird sounds from around the world. Website
A 100 year old paper article about ''climate change''. Image
I saw a platypus. Video
We need a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth. Article
The vampire squid: neither squid nor octopus. It is the only living member of Vampyromorpha, an ancient cephalopod order which gave rise to both squids and octopuses. Video
It may look like birds have backwards-facing knees, but in reality, their knees are close to the chest and often concealed by feathers. Image
Brexit Britain’s dash for growth will be a disaster for the environment. Article
Biodiversity is the infrastructure that supports all life. Article
Save the US Endangered Species Act. Petition
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