The lesson of the $300,000 bobcat

The lesson of the $300,000 bobcat

What is a bobcat worth? There’s a few ways of thinking about that question. One answer, of course, is that a bobcat’s value is intrinsic, their lives not something to signify with a price tag. Fair enough. But for the sake of discussion, and because there’s already a...
What type of nature is best for your head?

What type of nature is best for your head?

That natural settings are better for mental health than heavily developed spaces is a tenet of modern environmentalism and urban design. There’s much to unpack in that statement, though: are nature-rich settings especially rejuvenating? Or will any old green space do?...
The unappreciated urban wilds

The unappreciated urban wilds

In many parts of the world, urban nature is experiencing a renaissance. Stories abound of biodiversity in cities, vegetated infrastructure, the psychological benefits of greenery. But one aspect of urban nature remains underappreciated: wildness. Places where nobody...
The trouble with lionfish control

The trouble with lionfish control

Since their introduction to the Caribbean in the early 1990s, Indo-Pacific lionfish have proved to be among the most troublesome invasive species around, voraciously consuming populations of native fish but rarely being eaten themselves. People have tried to control...
The precarious state of Earth’s national animal symbols

The precarious state of Earth’s national animal symbols

India’s Ganges River dolphins and Uganda’s grey-crowned cranes, Arabian oryx in Oman and the white-tailed eagles of Poland: they’re some of Earth’s literal flagship species, the official animals of nations and states. Yet for all they’re venerated as symbols, their...