We’re Constantly Battling Invasive Species Here on Earth. What Does That Teach us About Infecting Other Worlds With Earth Life?

When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins returned from the Moon in the summer of 1969, they spent three weeks isolated in quarantine to make sure that they hadn’t brought back any microbial lifeforms from the Moon, which could prove harmful to Earth life. Later, once the Moon had been unequivocally proved to be … Read more

We know what invasive species can do on Earth—what about in space?

Europa could harbor complex life, and we’ll have to take care to avoid any cross-contamination. The Beresheet crash landed on Earth’s Moon in 2019. Part of the ill-fated Israeli lunar lander’s payload was a bunch of tardigrades, or “water bears.” These organisms are under a millimeter long and can survive extreme cold and radiation by … Read more

The human species confronted with its limits, at the Museum of Man

This “Totem Family”, by Marcus Coates, sets the tone from the entrance to the exhibition. MARCUS COATES / MUSEUM OF MAN The exhibition. For a long time, we thought we were enthroned at the top of the living pyramid. But, in 1859, Darwin cracked this hubris by chiselling his theory of evolution. It is through … Read more

American Bumblebee Could Soon Be Considered an Endangered Species in the United States

bumblebee Getty A petition has been filed requesting the American bumblebee be listed as an endangered species as the insect’s population declines in the United States. Eight states — Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Oregon — currently report having zero or near zero American bumblebees left, according to the … Read more

Astronaut says humans will be a multi-planetary species as he launches his first children’s book

When Boris Johnson had to choose a gift to present to the US President at the White House last week, he opted for a book by Britain’s first official, Government-supported astronaut. Joe Biden received a signed copy of Tim Peake’s Hello, Is This Planet Earth? with an inscription expressing hopes that it “provides a reminder … Read more

“Zoological institutions have never been so useful for the study and protection of species”

In Guyana, whales and dolphins are threatened by oil exploitation. LE MONDE.FR – MARC BETTINELLI Lhe World Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which took place in Marseille from September 3 to 11, brought together thousands of specialists and conservationists from all over the world, all present to take stock … Read more

Indigenous peoples, major players in the protection of species and ecosystems

A demonstration of indigenous people for their right to dispose of their ancestral lands in Brasilia, August 27, 2021. AMANDA PEROBELLI / REUTERS With a large majority of votes and applause. On Friday, September 10, members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) adopted a resolution affirming the need to protect 80% … Read more

Space Travel To Save The Human Species Could Destroy The Planet

Companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, and Space Adventures aim to make space tourism more common. People are already buying tickets. Some are calling this collection of competing companies the “billionaire space race.” On July 5, Virgin Galactic took Richard Branson roughly 86 km up into space. Shortly … Read more