Liz writes a brief opinion piece about why the obstacles to solving the ocean plastic crisis persist.
Last month SeaWorld announced it was ending its orca breeding programme and said the 29 orcas currently in its parks would be the last. But the company did not step back from its long-held claim that its orcas - also known as killer whales - live long healthy lives. Liz Bonnin was granted unique access to SeaWorld to investigate this claim and weigh the scientific evidence.
The Western Ghats of India are home to one of the world’s greatest tropical rainforests and a staggering number of floral and faunal species, which is some- what confounding when you consider the 400 million people who also live here. Somehow, some of the most biodiverse wildlife on the planet manages to survive among a fragmented landscape of forests, plantations and villages.
A whale-watching encounter is one of the most memorable wildlife experiences you can have, not least because of the elusive nature of our marine giants. But in their eagerness to deliver, fleets of noisy tourist boats often congregate en masse to pursue the briefest glimpse of a whale as it dives to escape the intrusion. Perhaps not quite the experience you were hoping for.