Return of the Bison to the Netherlands

Some eighty years since they were hunted to extinction in Europe, a small herd of wild European bison have been successfully reintroduced to the coastal dunes of the Dutch coast. It could lead to them being reintroduced elsewhere in Europe. The European bison is the largest land-living animal in Europe. It has been extinct in Europe since 1927, and from the Netherlands for hundreds of years. There were attempts to breed the species in Poland in the 1950s, but the European ...

Trafficking Women in China

According to the International Labour Organisation some 15 million people around the world are living in marriages into which they were forced, including some who were abducted. In China the trafficking of women is particularly acute, in part because a preference for sons has left the country with a severely skewed sex ratio. The imbalance was aggravated by a one-child-per-couple policy, which operated between 1979 and 2016, which prompted many to abort females before they were born. The Chinese Academy ...

Climate Change Disrupts UK Sport

Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are threatening the future of some of the UK’s favourite sports, including cricket, football and golf. A report by the Climate Coalition, a campaign group, urges sporting bodies to adapt to the changing environment. Climate change is altering weather patterns around the world. In the UK, it has resulted in more rain. Over 25 per cent of England’s one-day cricket international matches have been reduced by rain since 2000. The winters of 2013–14 and ...

New Release: IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Study & Revision Guide

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new study and revision guide for IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS). Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, this revision guide offers succinct coverage of the whole syllabus for Environmental Systems and Societies, with extensive self-test material to help students prepare for mocks and final exams. Clearly structured to match the curriculum, it offers exam tips and original case studies.   Here’s what author Adrian Palmer said about his book: I have ...

Cape Town Is Running Dry

Cape Town is at risk of becoming the world’s first large metropolis to run out of water after a three-year long drought. Dams are at 17% of capacity and at some point in April this year – on or about the 21st according to the latest estimates – Cape Town will wake up to ‘Day Zero’, when toilets and taps will run dry. If that happens, 4 million residents will need to queue at standpipes to receive their 25 litres ...

The Rise of the Wolf in Europe

The wolf is on the rise in Europe. In the winter of 2017–18, wolves finally re-appeared in Belgium, the last country from which it had been absent. The wolf is protected by EU law, but a rising tide of hostility is encouraging some politicians to push to kill it. France approved a cull of up to 40 wolves following protests last year. When Germany’s wolf population reached 60 packs, its agriculture minister argued that culling was required.  Finland has reduced its ...