In February, Ecofieldtrips brought 20 Singapore American School students on an experiential and service trip to Flores and Komodo for 8 days where they walked with Komodo dragons and swam with manta rays, did an English language exchange at a local school, became trash heroes and restored ecosystems.
The natural world is full of weird and wonderful creatures – carnivorous plants, flowers that smell of rotting meat, fish that fly and spiders that eat their lovers. However, the coolest organisms can be found in the dark crevices of the ocean. This secluded world features an abundance of extreme adaptations, one of which is bioluminescence.
Studies have shown that by 2050 around 66% of humanity will be living in urban areas. As development rapidly expands and demand for land increases, wetlands and other important ecosystems are susceptible to further degradation.
When left alone, wetlands can actually improve the quality of city living; here are 6 things that wetlands do for us:
Whilst there are some areas which have shown a decline in turtle population numbers, the global trend is looking up, with seven major species including the Hawksbills boasting larger population sizes than when the IUCN began keeping records in 1996.
So what's the reason for this notable uptick in numbers?