Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000lb of poorly understood creature A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for sea cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5m poaching scheme that rocked an already unstable fishery. Federal prosecutors claim Hoon […]

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Satellite Eye on Earth: November and December 2017 – in paintings

Winter solstice, night lights and interesting islands are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month Dust blowing out of the Copper River valley on Alaska’s south coast. The dust plume was likely comprised of fine-grained loess, which was formed as glacial ice moved over the area and ground the underlying rock […]

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Underwater with Sri Lanka’s sperm whales- in paintings

A newly identified population in the Indian Ocean is attracting the attention of scientists, conservationists and soon, tourists, too. How will this whale weather the new cyclone of attention? Every March, vast numbers of sperm whales gather in the deep waters north-west of Sri Lanka. Andrew Sutton’s photos are vivid evidence of a little-known population- […]

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‘Barnacled angels’: the whales of Stellwagen Bank- a photo essay

Off the tip-off of Cape Cod, pods of humpbacks return every summer to feed. For the past 18 years, Philip Hoare has been joining them to witness this incredible display At the tip-off of Cape Cod, a sandy spit reaches out into the Atlantic, like an limb, towards a vast underwater plateau where humpbacks assemble […]

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‘Bad things happen in the woods’: the nervousnes of hiking while black

Three African American hikers describe the fears and stereotypes they have faced and why they love hitting the trails Aaron Jones, 32, Chicago A few years ago, a white friend suggested we go on a hike. All the fears I had about being in nature hit me in the face. It’s a very real fear […]

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Oceans’ last chance:’ It’s taken years of negotiations to set this up’

Wildlife in most of the lawless high seas faces an existential threat from fishing, shipping and the military. Next month, a landmark UN conference could finally bring hope The leatherback turtle is one of our planet’s most distinctive creatures. It can live for decades and grow to weigh up to two tonnes. It is the […]

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How animal trash is helping turn China’s lakes green

Animal husbandry is contaminating Chinas water and has been linked to turning lakes bright green, a phenomenon known as eutrophication The farm, located at the end of a narrow dirt path, announces its presence with a piercing stench. At first, the caretaker of the collective facility in Kunming says the farm recycles all the animal […]

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US official uncovers Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trump’s ability to distract public

Revealed: Interior department official says he is thrilled by Trumps knack for keeping the attention of the media and public focused somewhere else A top US official told a group of fossil fuel industry leaders that the Trump administration will soon issue a proposal attaining large portions of the Atlantic available for oil and gas […]

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Almost all world’s oceans is affected by human impact, study discovers

The remaining wilderness areas, mostly in the remote Pacific and at the poles, require urgent protection from fishing and pollution, scientists say Just 13% of the world’s oceans remain untouched by the damaging impacts of humanity, the first systematic analysis has disclosed. Outside the remotest the sectors of the Pacific and the poles, virtually no […]

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The unstoppable rise of veganism: how a fringe motion ran mainstream

Health, climate change, animal welfare… whats driving more people and brands to embrace a plant-based lifestyle? We investigate, and, below, four vegans explain their choice Late on a Thursday afternoon in early March, just off Brick Lane in the heart of London’s nightlife hotspot Shoreditch, 23-year-old Louisa Davidson is taking calls and co-ordinating cables and […]

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