Sarah Gaunt finds that the Hainan gibbon is hanging on, but only just
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, takes us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.
Henry Hocking delves into the British Library’s Sound Archives
Benno Simmons discusses extinction debt and why biodiversity might be in an even worse state than we realise
New exhibition ‘Extinction: not the end of the world’ opens today at the Natural History Museum. Julie Gould went along to explore and chat with the organisers …
Zanzibar has a missing leopard. There is an entire species that has gone astray. Panthera pardus adesi is or was a species endemic to Zanzibar. Smaller than its mainland relatives the leopard hasn’t been seen by researchers since the mid-90s. According to many zoologists it is extinct; according to the Zanzibar tourism industry it is […]
Painted Lady (Cynthia cardui) Almost a third of butterflies in Europe are in decline and one in ten is threatened with extinction. This also has a severe knock-on effect for the plant species which rely on butterflies for pollination. A recent report by Natural England has found that that the number of butterflies in the […]
We may have the technological solutions to help fight environmental change and create a sustainable society, but do we have the right psychology? Anna Perman investigates Aren’t humans clever? We have colonised every corner of the world, and created a global community. It is the large and magnificently organised human brain which has enabled us […]