Cotton is a thirsty crop. It takes 2700 litres of water to produce one t-shirt. In fact, the textile industry is the third largest consumer of water. Water diverted for agriculture causes enormous environmental strain. With only 1% of the earth’s fresh drinking water readily accessible, cultivating cotton is an unsustainable option for manufacturing clothes.
Lori Robinson's latest book, 'Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love' shares the stories of 20 conservation experts across the globe who are working tirelessly to preserve our planet for future generations.
According to the United Nations, over 700 million people worldwide lack access to safe and clean water. More people have a mobile phone than a toilet. Over 300,000 children under 5 years old die every year from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste
As more plantations replace virgin rainforest to feed the world’s insatiable appetite for palm oil, wildlife lands are disappearing.
One of the most remarkable cases of cetacean communication is the story of Noc. Noc was a beluga whale captured by Inuit hunters in 1977 and taken from his family when he was just a juvenile. Relegated to a life in captivity and without his family to speak with, Noc began to mimic human speech.
The short involves a hungry baby sandpiper learning to overcome her aquaphobia. Created by Alan Barillaro, the short uses new, cutting edge technology to showcase this beautiful story.
Illegal poaching is fast becoming one of the world’s most lucrative criminal activities. With rhino horns worth over $65,000 per kilo on the black market, you can start to see why well-organised criminal gangs are setting up international networks in order to take part in illegal poaching.
A recent report by WWF has revealed that more than two-thirds of the world’s wildlife could be gone by 2020 if worldwide action isn’t taken soon.
The platypus is arguably one of the most remarkable species on earth. This egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate hoax.
In recent years, the area that the Coral Triangle is a part of has emerged as one of the world’s economic hubs. The rapid economic growth and a fast increase in population size have fuelled unsustainable development and a boost in demand, which is having devastating effects on the region.
In the sixth century B.C., poet and lawmaker Solon of Athens offered a bounty for every wolf slain, triggering a canine killing frenzy. Henry VII successfully completed the eradication of all wolves in England in the 16th century and the Scots even burned forests to make wolves easier to hunt.
The most peculiar and impressive of all bird species is quite possibly, the hummingbird. Over 300 species of hummingbird are spread throughout the rainforests of North and South America, ranging in colours, shapes and sizes.
The Department of Environment and Energy Australia has listed 223 endangered and critically endangered animal species in Australia.
So we’ve all heard of the proud Lions of the Serengeti and we’re familiar with the sprinting cheetah of the African plains – but have you heard of their Asian equivalents? Are you familiar with the Asiatic Lion whose last remaining population of 550 remains deep within the Gir Forest of India? Or perhaps the 50 remaining Asiatic Cheetah who hold out in Iran? Both are the last of their kind and less well covered than their African cousins.
Planet Earth is home to the weird and wonderful, an endless array of creatures so strange they could be mistaken for fantastical beats from J.K. Rowling’s imagination. There’s a problem, though; thousands of the wacky animals that call this planet home are endangered and could disappear forever, many without humans even noticing
Twelve out of thirteen otter species are in decline. Only the North American River Otter has been classified as having a stable population and an IUCN status of ‘Least Concern’. Two species—the smooth-coated otter and the Asian Small-Clawed Otter—are vulnerable to extinction.