Japan won’t stop whaling

You will never have seen a room clear more quickly than when Japan brings up talks of whaling. Sure, Iceland and Norway would hang around for shits-and-gigs, but almost everyone would throw japan under a bus – or maybe a ship? – on whaling. Though it has not always been this way. Japans views on…

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The sport of spearfishing is not sustainable.

Humans have brought the marine world to its knees. With a rod in one hand and net in the other, we have managed to reduce fish in the ocean by half since the 1970s. For some people this has been a wake-up call. Where the f**k are all the fish? The search for an alternative…

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What if everyone picked up just one piece of trash a day?

What would become of the ‘garbage crisis’ if everyone picked up just 1 piece of trash a day? Convincing even 1% of our 7.6-billion population to do so, would remove more than 27.7 billion pieces a year. At this pace, the crisis would soon fizzle out – at least the visible crisis. These simple ideas…

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The politicising of shark attacks drives culls

Australia is no stranger to shark attacks. Its temperate and nutrient-rich coastal waters have long been the favoured hunting grounds of some 36 percent of all known shark species. So, when a 46-year-old woman was attacked in the Whitsundays, Queensland by a suspected Tiger Shark, it was little more than fodder for news outlets. But,…

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The Plastic Island MYTH!

Featured Image: The Ocean Cleanup You’ve likely heard whispers of the ‘Plastic Island’ controversy. Of a vast area in the Pacific Ocean filled with plastic waste so thick it appears to be an island and so vast it outsizes countries. Naturally, such hyperboles drove scepticism and a controversy was born. When the controversy gained traction,…

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Is the Philippines going plastic-free?

Featured image: Loic Druart In the global war on plastic, each incremental win, no matter how small, stands as prospective grounds for a greener and cleaner future. Humans are the architects of a marine tragedy unparalleled in the last 66 million years. Our marvel? Plastic. Plastic was born from our vociferous demand for convenience. Now,…

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Plastics are forever.

Featured Image: Rich Carey The global anti-plastic discourse was born from the visual and palpable effects of plastic pollution. A six-pack ringed turtle, a plastic ensnared dolphin or the waste-filled belly of a whale insights a visceral response that no issue purely founded in academia can. This is the great failure of plastic and the…

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Why you should NOT ride elephants.

Featured Image: El Vaquero Humans are drawn to elephants. Whether by their size, intelligence, beauty or any other coveted quality, people are willing to travel great distances just to lay eyes upon them. This attraction is the foundation of a booming tourism industry in Asia. Unfortunately, by virtue of their magnetism they are subjected to…

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Hands-off the Loris!

Featured Image: Joel Satore, founder of The Photo Ark Most people could presume the story of the slow loris that met the hands of a tourist attraction – an exotic creature with desirable qualities is subjected to deplorable conditions. It’s a tale heard over and over again, from the petting of tiger cubs in India…

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Why the Long-neck Village of Thailand is controversial.

Feature Image: Matteo Selva Northern Thailand’s ‘cultural tourism’ industry is founded upon the villages of the Kayan long-neck tribe, whose woman stack solid brass rings around their neck. This practice has long been ubiquitous with Kayan culture in which the subsequent elongated neck is a symbol of beauty. This practice achieves this illusion by placing…

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