ecology

all articles relating to ecology

A Windfarm at Sunset
Changing Tack

A storm of our own design bears down upon us.
Now, the time has more than come for us to ask, not what the world can do for us, but what we can do for the world.

Clouds in the hills. Climate, Ecology, Unsustainable
From The Editor, August 2019

Three months in, and things are looking grim. Fires in the Arctic and Amazon, worsening of the climate problem, the Fall Armyworm invasion, and more.

How To Go Carbon Neutral

If we hope to avoid the impending climatic disaster, carbon neutrality should be the goal of everyone, but is net-zero carbon emissions truly achievable?

Sunrise over Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Record-Breaking Day of Tree Planting

In global reforestation news, Ethiopia’s recent tree planting campaign breaks the record for the most trees planted in a single day.

Malawi: Lead Farmers Filling the Gap to Combat Drought and the Fall Armyworm

With inconsistent weather patterns, and the recent rise of the Fall Armyworm, crop yields across the country have fallen alarmingly over the last three seasons. Now, the government of Malawi is equipping rural subsistence farmers with the skills and equipment to deal with such challenges.

Close-up of zipper on a cotton sweatshirt
The Ethics of Using Cotton

In India, more than 100,000 people lack access to clean water, and yet a single pair of jeans can consume around 8,000 litres.

Fall Armyworm Hampers Malawi Farmers’ Recovery Efforts

Across large parts of Africa, recovery efforts from Cyclone Idai are being hampered by the increasing threat of the Fall Armyworm.

A bug's eye view of an organic wheat farm.
What Does Organic Mean Anyway?

We explore the agricultural usage of the term ‘organic’, and the difference between conventional and organic farming.

Fuming Over Fumigation

When a nearby farm is sprayed, we have to shut all our windows and doors to keep the fumes out of the house, but there’s nothing we can do to save the bees.

Eat Weird Plants To Protect The Earth’s Ecosystems

Of the roughly 400,000 plant species known to currently exist on Earth, roughly 30,000 are edible to humans. Of that 30,000, we have cultivated 7,000 at one time or another.

A Teenager’s Call to Enviromental Action

This Earth is our home, it gives us shelter, food, and nurtures us; yet we continue to destroy this planet day after day. This is not right.

Vanderful: An African Adventure for Education

The Vanderful team plans to bring education and adventure to West Africa, after it captured their hearts during time spent teaching and living in Namibia.

What does the future hold for Borneo’s Bajau Laut?

Visitors to Mabul Island in Borneo flock to witness some of the most diverse marine life remaining in the world. But whilst there, they are almost guaranteed to meet another mysterious community that call the sea home.

Climate Change: Where Are We Now?

As the clock continues ticking toward the collective future of the human species on planet Earth, there are still some among us who are either skeptics or out-right deniers of climate change.

Cyclone Idai Devastates Southern Malawi

In what is being described as the deadliest tropical cyclone worldwide in 2019, as of March, Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai hit Southern Malawi with a rainstorm which caused severe flooding in 15 of 28 administrative districts.

The Benefits of Acting Now, Rather than Later

Climate change is essentially irreversible on human timescales; whatever changes are induced by our emission of CO2 into the atmosphere will persist for centuries, if not millenia.

Planetary Boundaries, Food and Humanity

Due to the complex interaction between human activities and the ecosystem, humanity’s food system is facing severe threats.