• China’s vanishing coastal wetlands are nearing critical red line

    China’s vanishing coastal wetlands are nearing critical red line

    Along China’s coastline, rapid development has transformed marshes and mudflats into ports and urban sprawl; a line of concrete seawalls and sandbags now stretches longer than China’s Great Wall. The decline of wetlands is nearing a critical threshold below which the losses could inflict severe and lasting harm on ecosystems—driving numerous migratory bird species to the brink of extinction and jeopardizing nearly 20% of the world’s fisheries, warns a new report from Chinese and U.S scientists.

  • ‘Whalecopter’ drone swoops in for a shot and a shower

    ‘Whalecopter’ drone swoops in for a shot and a shower

    This drone’s-eye view captures two humpback whales blowing a net of bubbles around their prey. Yet portraiture is only half of what whale-watching drones can do.