The head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Yvo de Boer said on...
UN: "desertification could displace 50 million people." Environmental Disaster?
Within the next ten years fifty million people could be driven from their homes by expanding deserts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, a report says. The study by the United Nations University, produced by more than 200 experts from 25
Another extinction for the Chinese Yangtze River?
Described as a “living fossil”, the Chinese sturgeon is a giant fish that has been around since the age of the dinosaurs. Adults can measure up to 4 metres in length and weigh 450 kilos. Thirty years ago, 2,000 Chinese sturgeons were spotted i
Mobula Ray Bursts from the Waves
Photo: nbonzey Off the coast of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, a Mobula Ray bursts from the swell with breathtaking beauty, catching air as its whip-like tail trails behind. The expr
The Destructive Beauty of Demolitions
Stirlingfauld, Glasgow, UK, Photo: rassac Out of destruction comes creation, for good or for bad. Like any living organism and everything else, a building has a life-cycle. And wh
Plane Stupid: an aeroplane that doesn’t cause climate change is like a cigarette that doesn’t cause cancer
In a field in Surrey, environmental protesters are gathering for Climate Camp 2007, a high-profile protest against the expansion of Heathrow Airport and air transport in general. Meanwhile, banned by a BAA injunction from attending the demo they were ins
Friends of the Earth to sell soul to the devil – no, it’s just Sky
The UK’s most high-profile environmental charity is in the midst of an internal feud over a 3-year deal its directors have signed with Sky. Last month a group of 77 FoE staff members, including most senior campaigners, signed a petition to the charity’s
The Heat is on Steorn's Orbo
Last year, Steorn, an Irish technology company made the claim that they developed a free energy technology. In August of 2006, Steorn placed an ad in the Economist to attract the world’s leading scientists to try and disprove their technology. Several tho
Image via The Teleomorph The image of gnomes sat atop giant toadstools is part of popular mythology and grist to the mill of the bad garden ornaments industry. Something clearly excites s
Los Angeles After the Apocalypse
All images courtesy of David Maisel The work of David Maisel is haunting in its stark simplicity, despite and because of its expansive breadth of focus. Yet while many of his projects have taken a bi