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A group of 12 researchers from the UK arrived on Gough Island, which is located midway between South America and South Africa, at the end of February to begin a restoration project to save endangered seabirds from giant invasive mice, who eat the chicks. As the coronavirus outbreak escalated in March, the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) decided to postpone the project and find a way to get the researchers, who were working to save endangered species including the critically endangered Tristan Albatross, back to the UK.
Researchers faced a 12-day sail to the isolated Ascension Island, before boarding a RAF A400 transport aircraft for a military flight back to the UK. Their long journey home is a reminder of the tireless work researchers do to help us better understand and conserve our planet. Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on scientific fieldwork (including work centering on disease transmission). So to all of our researchers, thank you! Thank you for putting yourselves in harm’s way in the name of science, we appreciate you so much.
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
A 21-year old woman from the U.K., Jasmine Harrison, became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean — she did it in just over 70 days — surviving capsizing twice and a near collision with a giant tanker ship. Why did she do it, you ask? She said on her website, “I […]
This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent […]
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