Should whale welfare be considered in sustainable fishing?

Should whale welfare be considered in sustainable fishing?

Hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins are killed each year as bycatch in commercial fishing. Many times that number are injured or crippled in their encounters with fishing equipment. Yet unless their deaths pose a species-level threat, the welfare of bycaught...
Insects are disappearing . . . from biology textbooks

Insects are disappearing . . . from biology textbooks

In recent years scientists have described alarming declines in insect populations around the world. Yet insects are not only vanishing from ecosystems; they’re also becoming scarce in college biology textbooks. “Textbooks frame the knowledge of future generations,”...
Jellyfish are not an ecological dead end

Jellyfish are not an ecological dead end

Except when we’re marveling at their otherworldly beauty, jellyfish are mostly ignored or considered a nuisance. Their rising populations are widely seen as a symptom of ecological collapse — yet might jellyfish also play a valuable, unappreciated role in oceanic food...
In a democracy, should nature have a vote?

In a democracy, should nature have a vote?

Where political power once belonged to a handful of wealthy men, it’s now shared by a great many people: so went, albeit with plenty of hiccups and fine print, the last several centuries of liberal democratic progress. What would it mean to expand political...

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