Global fishing foul-up, Lord Voldemort's new job, and could fossil fuels be the new tobacco?..
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Environmental activism in the US has never been more important:
The unbelievably corrupt Scott Pruitt resigned as EPA leader. However, for all his travails, he was largely ineffective. New EPA leader Andrew Wheeler continues the same anti-environment but will likely be more technically shrewd in his dismantling of Obama-era protections. Article
Doubling down on people with a poor environmental record in important positions, Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh (known as "Lord Voldemort” to one law professor) for the Supreme Court, which will swing the Court in favour of conservatives. Article
One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate, according to a UN report. An astonishing waste that is mostly due to a lack of knowledge or equipment, such as refrigeration or ice-makers, needed to keep fish fresh. Article
Krill fishing firms back Antarctic protection. An unprecedented agreement between the major krill fishing companies and The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources has led to a “permanent and voluntary” halt to fishing activities in key conservation zones. Good news for penguins. Article
Ivory still being sold illegally across Europe. Draconian crackdowns and enforcement would be necessary and welcomed. Article
London’s Science Museum under pressure from eminent scientists to shun big oil sponsorship. Growing momentum behind the movement to make fossil fuel the new tobacco. Article
Similarly, Ireland has announced it will be the first nation to totally divest from fossil fuels. Article
Sweden is on track to meet its renewable energy targets 12 years ahead of schedule. Exemplary environmental leadership from a developed country. Article
Three poachers killed by lions. A lot of people saying they "deserved it”, but worth thinking about the socioeconomic conditions that made it worthwhile for these men to risk their lives. Conservation won't get anywhere without compassion. Article
Icelandic whalers kill an endangered blue whale. A good example of how allowing the hunting of one animal affects other supposedly protected ones. ArticleFirst eastern quolls born in Australian wild for half a century. Heartwarming story, worth reading for the cute pokémon alone. Article
Why DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage offers a unique opportunity to inspire and teach the next generation about the importance of the natural world. Blog
Tom Quigley, Digital Strategist & Community Manager at Conservation X Labs tells us about his experiences working on the Great Barrier Reef and how our current idea of capitalism needs a complete rethink. Blog
If plants made light instead of cities. Map
Montage of beetles taking flight. Video
Sea sparkle causes Anglesey coastline to glow bright blue. Article
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 Winners. Gallery
2018 Audubon Photography Awards Winners. Gallery
"My first encounter with Leucochloridium, a nasty worm that encourages birds to peck off snails eyes!" Video
Juvenile lasagna lizards soaking up some O2. Video
The Starlight bristlenose. Image
The amazing variety of British moths. Image
"A 3.5 m wide lane can convey either 14,000 ppl by 🚲 or 9,000 ppl by 🚌 or 2,000 ppl by 🚗 per hour". Video
Why are some female animals bigger than males? Video
Stunning coral forests discovered around Sicily’s deep volcanoes. Photo article
If fish nerds started spending more time with computer geeks, marine life could be better protected. Video
The world’s only 100% freshwater seal. Image
Help map seagrass areas around the world with the Seagrass Spotter app. Website
The government is running a consultation to decide whether 41 sites in English seas will get protection. Add your voice. Petition
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