Choking oceans fuel calls to ban plastic
Time to ban plastic? A report released yesterday claims the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean could treble by 2025. Animals and humans alike are set to suffer the consequences.
Emergency: the Great Barrier Reef is dying
Young Australians are protesting against the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. As the world fixates on Trump and North Korea, why is this not the biggest news story in the world today?
Boaty McBoatface prepares for first adventure
The yellow submarine is off to Antarctica to study rising sea temperatures. She was named after an online competition went viral last year — but could her silly name help to save the planet?
Designers plan future cities under the ocean
As life on the Earth’s surface becomes increasingly uncertain, Japanese designers propose a radical solution — building new metropolises beneath the waves. Will it ever happen?
Fatal shark attacks spark Australian cull
This week, Western Australia took drastic steps in an attempt to make its coastline safer for humans. But can killing dangerous or irritating animals ever be justified?
Atlantic Ocean to be swallowed by land
Geologists believe they have discovered the key to centuries of earthquakes near Portugal: shifting tectonic plates are edging Europe and America ever closer to a cataclysmic crunch.
Anger as South Korea vows to bring back whaling
South Korea has revealed a plan to begin hunting whales. The proposals defy a worldwide ban, and the international community is furious. But is whaling really so unreasonable?
FUTURE SCIENCE: Engineering planet Earth
Plans to send a giant hose pipe into the atmosphere to combat global warming have been postponed – but not for long. Soon we may be tinkering with the climate of Earth itself.
‘Avatar’ director dives to world’s murkiest depths
James Cameron has become only the third person in history to man a submarine to the lowest point of the world’s oceans. He described a ‘barren, desolate’ and entirely alien place.
Ship-sinking jellyfish and seas of slime
A new study has revealed that jellyfish are ecological 'vampires', sucking energy out of vulnerable food chains. And they're becoming ever more common. Could jellies take over the world?