Sustainable infrastructure: meeting complexity and uncertainty with resilient solutions

In this Q&A, we talk to Professor Richard Fenner, expert in sustainable infrastructure development, about his insights into the sustainable process.

Governments commit to forest restoration, but what does it take to restore forests?

Cameroon has pledged to restore over a quarter of its land or 12,062,800 ha, Guatemala has pledged over 10% of its land for restoration with 1.2 million ha, India committed over 8% of its land, a staggering 26,500,000 ha to restoration, and the list of countries pledging hectares of land to restoration continues.

Trilobites’ growth may have resembled that of modern marine crustaceans

Trilobites- extinct marine arthropods that roamed the world’s oceans from about 520 million years ago until they went extinct 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period – may have grown in a similar fashion and reached ages that match those of extant crustaceans, a new study has found.…

In search of bias among the most Googled vertebrates

Public interest in nature and the environment is at an all-time high thanks to many factors including new species discoveries, nature documentaries and the unfortunate reality of climate change. One important method for gauging this interest is Google Trends.

Quaternary coastal dynamics in the southern Baltic Sea

Coastal zones of the seas and oceans pose a major challenge to Quaternary researchers because of their particular vulnerability to change.…

Language as a Window to Prehistory: Indo-European loanwords and exchange in Bronze Age Central and East Asia

The languages we speak today are an incredibly rich record of the past. By analyzing the words they’re made up of, and the rules that guide how those words have evolved, we can gain insights into cultural contacts and the movements of peoples reaching back thousands of years.

Not teaching what we practice in UK conservation degrees

When I first worked in Madagascar in 2005, I was carrying out biodiversity surveys in little known forests, but by the time I left a decade later I was spending much more time working with rural farming and fisher communities that I was with the birds and the beasts.…

“We need action absolutely right now”

Cambridge Prisms: Extinction Co-Editors-in-Chief John Alroy and Barry Brook explain why swift and decisive action is required from governments, policy-makers and the public Public understanding of the main drivers of extinction – habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, invasive species, and pollution – is crucial if we are to stop biodiversity loss and maintain the ecosystems that sustain human populations.…