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‘People want blood and gore’: what we got wrong about filming sharks

"You convince yourself that there is no danger," Ron Taylor once said of how he captured his groundbreaking underwater footage of sharks. And afterwards, "You wonder how you got out of it alive." In 1970, Australian...

Victory for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears as court rules they cannot be hunted

In a stunning victory for wildlife conservationists and indigenous tribes - and for bears - a US court ruled on Wednesday that grizzly bears living in the vast Yellowstone ecosystem will remain federally protected and...

European hamster and caterpillar fungus on brink of extinction

Hamsters and fungi may not be poster species among those threatened with extinction but are no less important in ecosystems, according to an updated list of the world's most fragile species. The European hamster once scurried...

‘It’s all on hold’: how Covid-19 derailed the fight against plastic waste

2020 was supposed to be the year America revolted against plastic. Consumers were refusing straws and toting their own coffee mugs. Legislators had proposed an unprecedented wave of laws to ban single-use plastics. Even companies like...

CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere is approaching a level not seen in 15m years and perhaps never previously experienced by a hominoid, according to the authors of a study. At pre-lockdown rates...

Banks and pension funds among investors bankrolling meat and dairy

Banks, investors and pension funds have poured billions into the world's largest meat and dairy companies over the past five years, a new report has found. It compares the environmental impact of "'big ag" to...