Bounty of Bookmarks

Climate / Environment / Nature

These aren't all the climate change links in my collection. I put a bunch of them in a blog post called Chronicling climate catastrophe. Since then, the scope of this page has expanded considerably.

See also: log entries tagged animals, climate and environment.


And a couple in a rather negative sense:

There are bad things, good things and scary things:

But also some hope...

Pretty things to look at...

and stories that are just plain cool:

Last but not least, a couple of excellent blogs (in French):


Plants and pollinators

The Problem with Honey Bees (4 November 2020) They’re important for agriculture, but they’re not so good for the environment

Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’ (15 January 2019) Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers (18 October 2017) Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

And a funny one: In California, Bees Are Classified as Fish — Here’s Why (2 June 2022)

« Un arbre n’est qu’un élément d’un superorganisme » (27 August 2019) Deux écologues néo-zélandais ont découvert une souche d'arbre maintenue en vie, grâce aux ressources fournies par ses congénères. Une découverte qui permet d'en apprendre davantage sur les réseaux racinaires des végétaux.


World on fire

The Arctic is burning like never before — and that’s bad news for climate change (10 September 2020): Fires are releasing record levels of carbon dioxide, partly because they are burning ancient peatlands that have been a carbon sink.

The Photos of Wildfires Raging Across Australia Are Devastating (12 November 2019) More than 150,000 hectares of land have burned. Just three years later, that's nothing compared to what happened in Europe.

There’s No Looking Away From This Year’s California Fires (19 November 2018) What we saw in California this year is unlike anything that has come before. But odds are we’ll see it again. No kidding.


  1. Earth just had its hottest September on record (14 October 2020): With 3 months left, 2020 could rank among three-warmest years on record for globe.
  2. Copernicus: 2020 warmest year on record for Europe; globally, 2020 ties with 2016 for warmest year recorded (8 January 2021) Not much of a spoiler: it did.

Watery death

Business and politics

Greta Thunberg

Air travel

About those "flights to nowhere":

In related news: Ban short-haul flights for climate? In EU poll 62% say yes (10 March 2020).


Enduring memory (30 September 2021) How can animals whose brains have been drastically remodelled still recall their kin, their traumas and their skills? Kind of sensationalist.

These ancient seafloor microbes woke up after over 100 million years (28 July 2020): Scientists revived long-dormant organisms with carbon and nitrogen in the lab

Also an old, horrible and painful story: Chicken Wire Mother.

Animal intelligence

Bears can count, take selfies, use tools, recognize supermodels, and even open car doors (16 April 2023) Scientists studying bear intelligence want to know: What else can they learn?

And one really old link: