Once a Fishing Village

Located within the northwestern islands off the Philippine province of Northern Samar, the Biri Islands are home to a small fishing village plagued by a history of illegal ornamental fish trade, massive shark finning operations, and the occasional dynamite and cyanide fishing by the local fishermen. In recent collaboration, the government and locals have collaborated to transform the island into a conservation paradise.

Slitherin’ Singapore

Snakes are often perceived as deadly animals, cunning creatures to be feared and revered at the same time. But is this perception representative of all snakes? Why have snakes consistently been used as mythical symbols across many cultures in all the major civilisations? Research assistant Mary-Ruth Low opines that while venomous snakes should be respectfully avoided, there’s a whole world out there of colourful and delightful snakes on the sunny island of Singapore!

Here’s Looking At You, Kid!

A delicacy in Fujian since the 1300s, shark fin has found its way into the recipe books of six Chinese dialect groups and even the Japanese. Shark fin continues to feature on menus at special occasions, and sharks die by the millions in the name of tradition. Here's so far in the fight against shark finning.

Back into the Vault

Storing greenhouse gases within the Earth           Text YD Bar-Ness The same fossil fuels that power our technological achievements are now known to...

The Dwindling Roar of the Wild

The fight to save the tigers has thus far had little success. The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) predicts that Malayan tigers will disappear from most forests if something isn't done. Anti-poaching activities organised by the Alliance are underway, and efforts increasingly involve members of the public. The message is slowly getting out.

The Beauty of Neutrality

Research and investment into renewable energy has been growing since the president of the Maldives declared five years ago that the country would go carbon neutral by the year 2020, in hopes that the rest of the world would follow suit.

Coral Conservation

Coral reef conservation is an important part of the fight against environmental degradation. But the fight has thus far been, and promises to be a long and hard one. Conservationists and scientists will need all the help they can get.


Water bear is the friendlier name for a tiny creature so resilient it is able to survive in winter ice and the deepest of oceans.

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