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Environment

The immeasurable greatness of the tiny seed

ImageSeeds are sometimes so small they are hard to see with the naked eye, yet as biologist and author Thor Hanson told Global Ideas, they have played a pivotal role in shaping the face of our modern lives.

Biodiversity

Changes in land use eroding Europe's biodiversity

Two reports published this week paint a bleak picture for Europe's and Germany's biodiversity: More birds, plants and animals than ever are at risk of being wiped out by humans' ever-expanding reach.

Global Ideas

Ghost nets pose a threat to marine wildlife

Once lost or discarded, old fishing nets can drift through the world’s seas for centuries, catching and killing marine wildlife as they go. Environmentalists and local groups are working to combat the threat.

Climate

Climate countdown: 200 days to Paris

Negotiators have just 200 days left to prepare for the key UN climate conference in Paris, tasked with a new global agreement to reduce CO2 emissions and limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. A tall order?

Biodiversity

Alive under the ash rain

Thirty-five years after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, experts explain how volcanoes affect biodiversity - both positively and negatively. With several active volcanos around the world, implications are broad.