Voices elephants in rain

Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants, says Christian Lambrechts, the managing director of Rhino Ark

Iceland: The bare bones of a beautiful island

I'm standing on top of a windswept cliff, 20 metres above sea level on the north coast of Iceland. It's two o'clock in the morning in the middle of June and it's cold, but the sun is still up, bathing everything in gorgeous golden light. I've travelled here at the request of Icelandic colleagues to examine the bones of a huge whale found buried on the clifftop. The bones are covered in a lush carpet of vivid green turf, and sit on a narrow strip of land between the mountains and the sea. I'm drinking Icelandic beer with the fishermen who brought me here on their little boat from Grenivík, along the deep blue Eyjafjörður fjord. Minke whales were our travelling companions for part of the journey.

The dead sea: Global warming blamed for 40 per cent decline in the ocean's phytoplankton

Microscopic life crucial to the marine food chain is dying out. The consequences could be catastrophic

Turned Out Nice, By Marek Kohn

It is the year 2100 and England is four degrees hotter. Between the super-dense city tenements where most of us live, the parks are parched and dusty, or covered in porous artificial turf. What vegetation remains is mostly on the buildings as cladding to offset the burning heat. Children play on green rooftops. The roads are white for asphalt has been replaced with chalk to reflect solar radiation. Strictly rationed water is pumped out of deep aquifers and then recycled back. Londoners emerge in the "warmth-heavy night" to parade on the traffic-free streets like Spaniards.

Why water waste just won't wash

Hosepipe bans are a nightmare for the green-fingered. But with so much flooding last year, why are utility companies threatening drastic action?

National Insect Week: The power of bugs

Scientists warn that the UK's dramatic loss of expertise in the field poses a threat to our environment and health

Gulf leak halted, but 'unclear' if sustainable

The flow of oil and gas from the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico has been stopped by pumping mud into it, however the challenge will be whether that can be sustained, the U.S. incident commander Admiral Thad Allen said today.

Shedding light on creatures of the deep

The guitarfish, the slender snipe eel and the stoplight loosejaw are just some of the oddly named and weird looking creatures being showcased at London’s Natural History Museum for a new exhibition exploring the depths of the ocean, which opens this week.

Stephen Foley: Twitter finally flicks the ticks off its business

US Outlook: Twitter is not a planet, so I'm having trouble with the idea of a Twitter "ecosystem", which the world of tech start-ups has been debating this week.

Pat Pilcher: What Apple should have done

Standard corporate doctrine holds that playing ones strengths is the best way to hold onto and grow a solid market position.

Big Think: The 'Fab Tree Hab'



Mitchell Joachim Architect, Co-Founder of architecture firm, Terraform ONE and Professor of Architecture at Columbia, has been internationally recognized for his big ideas and groundbreaking concept designs: from eco-friendly housing, to soft cars, self-sufficient cities, and suburbs on wheels. Here, Joachim talks to Big Think about his design for the Fab Tree Hab - a ‘positive impact’ home formed entirely from elements of local ecosystems.

James Cameron, Peter Jackson talk future of film

Titanic. Lord of the Rings. Aliens. King Kong. The Terminator.

The men behind those movies, James Cameron and Peter Jackson, are among modern film's special-effects kings, advancing technology in computer-generated imagery, motion-capture photography and 3-D.

Julie Meyer: A day in entrepreneur country

Individual capitalism has come of age

Johann Hari: We're covering our planet with a cloud of space junk

Governments won't even agree to stop adding to the rubbish

Natural Pools: Dragonflies at the deep end

They will improve your garden – just mind the creepy crawlies. Helen Brown dives in

Slow-Tech, By Andrew Price

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