The Fight to Save the Last Swimming Camels on Earth

Near small fishing hamlets along the coast of northwest India, the blue-green sea is speckled with islands of mangroves. It’s as picturesque a setting as you’ll find, but on some days, the tranquillity is punctuated by a deafening sound: dozens of camels, like a fleet of furry ships, bleating and honking as they swim among the trees. Read More >>

Cars Win £6bn in Government Support as New Thames Tunnel is Revealed

The English bit of the government's transport division has revealed altered plans for a new tunnel under the Thames, with the refreshed Lower Thames Crossing putting a 16 metre hole under the river to make life easier for the south-east corner's automobile leaseholders to drive about. The catch? They'll probably have to pay to use it. At least there'll probably be an app when it's ready in about 2025. Read More >>

Geyser Eruption at Yellowstone Unleashes ‘Clearly Historic’ Collection of Human Garbage

Geyser eruptions at America's Yellowstone National Park are moments of rarefied beauty; spectacular reminders that we live on a geologically-dynamic planet. A recent eruption was also a reminder that we’ve turned said planet into a dumpster. Read More >>

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We Have a Decade to Prevent a Total Climate Disaster

By 2030, we as a collective 7 billion humans will know our fate, or at the very least, the fate of the most vulnerable among us. A landmark report released on Sunday sets the clock ticking for humanity and its quest to keep global warming to within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels. Read More >>

Actually Yes, Do Send Us All Your Old Crisp Packets Now, Walkers Says

People power has worked, yo, with a fist pump in the air coming from all those who posted their crisp packets back to Walkers – celebrating news that empty crisp packets are now welcome in the Walkers office as it has signed a new and oddly hasty recycling deal to slow the inexorable flood of licked-clean crisp packets into the environment. Read More >>

Here’s How Engineers Dream of Stopping Tsunamis

The tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island and killed at least 1,400 people sadly won’t be the last. Human populations will continue to live along coastlines in tectonically active parts of the world, tsunamis will continue to occur, and people will continue to die. Read More >>

Ukraine Found the Perfect Use for the Radioactive Land of Chernobyl

Chernobyl is producing power again — though not the kind that triggered a nuclear meltdown 32 years ago. Ukraine is now turning to solar power, and in the process, making good use of land that won’t be habitable to humans for another 24,000 years. Read More >>

A Volcano Just Erupted in Tsunami-Rattled Indonesia 

The Indonesian island of Sulawesi has become a natural disaster zone. After a tsunami battered the island late last week, leaving at least 1,350 dead, a volcano has now erupted. Read More >>

John Lewis Tests a Complicated Subscription Cup-Washing Service

This is such a weird and complicated modern thing that we've had to pause the music so we can concentrate on it properly, but, we think, the gist of it is that John Lewis staff will soon be able to use a service that lets them collect freshly washed reusable coffee cups. Oh no, we've made a terrible mistake in thinking this sounded interesting. Read More >>

Scientists Aren’t Sure What Triggered Indonesia’s Deadly Tsunami

Late on Friday, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Sulawesi, Indonesia, quickly followed by a highly localised, intense, and devastating tsunami. Waves up to 18 feet high inundated Palu Bay, drowning a beach festival, destroying buildings, and claiming over 800 lives. Read More >>

Mass Die-Off of Orcas Feared Due to Chemicals Banned in the ’70s

A group of industrial chemicals humans started banning decades ago could cause many of the world’s orca whale populations to collapse over the next century, an alarming new study has found. Read More >>

Clean Energy Boom Could Fuel One of the World’s Dirtiest Industries

The irony of transitioning to clean energy is we’re going to have to mine the shit out of the Earth to do it. Much like our computers and smartphones, wind turbines and solar panels are high-tech devices whose production demands a smattering of metals and minerals from across the periodic table and the planet. Read More >>

Brave Eco-Warriors Asked to Stop Posting Empty Crisp Packets to Walkers

There's a mass campaign going on out there right now where anti-plastic campaigners send their empty crisp packets back to Walkers using the crisp maker's own freepost address, which is all very clever and raises all the modern issues about non-recyclable plastic – but spare a thought for the poor old posties having to sort them. Read More >>

Canadian Firenado Steals Firefighters’ Hose, Hits Them With Burning Logs

It is becoming increasingly clear the planet is trying to tell us it is sick of our crap and it is done playing. The latest example? A firenado sucking a team of firefighters’ hose into the sky. Read More >>

Scientists Peer Inside the Disgusting Cloud of Living Things That Surrounds You Daily

From the minute we’re born, we’re surrounded by a swarm of things not visible to the human eye—dangerous pathogens, harmless microbes, and a wide assortment of chemicals. A new study out of Stanford University seems to illuminate this hidden world, and the results are admittedly both cool and terrifying. Read More >>