Hamissi Usi swims with an octopus on Pemba Island, Tanzania, in 2010.Per-Anders Pettersson / Reuters In Zanzibar, cephalopods are getting a leg up from the Quran. by LISA DE BODE ZANZIBAR—Ivory pirates, slave traders, and naturalists alike have long sought out the Zanzibar archipelago, a biodiverse group of islands lying off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. One of these islands, Misali, is surrounded by a six-mile coral reef. It teems with rare life: hawksbill turtles, flying foxes, coconuts crabs—and lots of octopuses. This island is special to Muslims, who form the vast majority of Zanzibar’s population. According … Continue reading The Muslims Who Want to Save Octopuses
image edited by Fernando Kaskais By Robert J. Burrowes Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain why. To start, just listing the types of rubbish generated by humans or the locations into which each of these is dumped is a staggering task beyond the scope of one article. Nevertheless, I will give you a reasonably comprehensive summary of the types of garbage being generated (focusing particularly on those that are less well known), the locations … Continue reading Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?
We only need to look to the Mediterranean Sea and the North American Great Lakes for dramatic illustrations of what lies in store if we don’t act now. BY Eelco Rohling & Joseph Ortiz ON JANUARY 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are falling dangerously low has increased even more. We’re seeing the same thing happen in major lakes. The Science study reveals that … Continue reading We’re Killing Our Lakes and Oceans. The Consequences Are Real.
A drone offers a unique bird’s eye view as part of a forest fire surveillance system in the Landes region, France. Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world? by Henry Mance is a political correspondent at the Financial Times. He writes Strangers’ Gallery, a weekly satirical take on politics and culture. He lives in London. Edited by Sally Davies I’ve tried many ways to free my brain from my iPhone. I’ve invented rules, bought books, deleted apps, installed other apps. But the only thing that reliably works is to leave the phone at … Continue reading Algorithmic wilderness
Lower Manhattan, 1902Underwood and Underwood / Library of Congress / Emily Jan / The Atlantic For a century, urban commotion has been treated as a moral failing of individuals. Fixing it will require systemic changes to environmental noise by KATE WAGNER What are your ears hearing right now? Maybe the bustling sounds of a busy office, or your partner cooking dinner in the next room. Whatever the texture of the sonic landscape of your life may be, beneath it all is the same omnipresent din: the sound of cars. That might seem benign, or perhaps even endearing—the sound of the … Continue reading City Noise Might Be Making You Sick
The future is looking bleak for honeybees — that is, unless activists step in and help the bumbling insects. An innovative way to do just that has been unveiled by creators Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle, and it is called the BEEcosystem. The BEEcosystem was first introduced in 2015. After receiving positive feedback, Betz and Zaengle improved the concept. Now, the latest version has been unveiled. Credit: BEEcosystem A key feature of the BEEcosystem is a literal window into the bee colony it houses. Cedar frames the hexagon-shaped module, and it is covered with a panel of glass. https://player.vimeo.com/video/249484171 … Continue reading People Are Installing Beehives In Their Living Rooms — Here’s How it Works
Karma has come full circle for a big cat poacher in South Africa. While hunting a pride of lions at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve (likely as part of a group), the unidentified man was attacked and eaten by the big cats he sought to kill. The Daily Mail reports that the hunter was heard screaming for help as he was mauled, but his body had been mostly devoured by the time police arrived. Credit: Charlie Lynham “The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest,” said a local worker from a nearby nature reserve. “A scream was heard … Continue reading South African Poacher Mauled to Death by the Lions He Was Hunting