Why woolly mammoth ivory could spell trouble for elephants
Mammoth ivory is appearing from melting permafrost and joining international markets.
We are living in the age of humans, a time referred to by many as the Anthropocene. Our species has caused huge changes on our planet, including global warming, ocean acidification, and habitat destruction.
Earth's ecology is in a critical state. But we have the tools to understand what is happening, and what needs to be done.
The issues explained
How have humans changed the planet? And why does it matter? Let Museum scientists take you through the facts.
Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It
Tune into a year-long season of activity throughout 2021, exploring why and how our relationship with the natural world needs to change.
Learn more about how human actions have shaped our planet and hear from people around the world who are working towards a more sustainable future. Browse the stories below or join one of our free online events.
Analysis warns global biodiversity is below 'safe limit' ahead of COP 15
The world's biodiversity has fallen below the 'safe limit', researchers suggest, as habitat destruction and agriculture take their toll on nature.10 October 2021
Bag your next sustainable fashion haul on a budget
Eco-fashion can seem expensive and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Here are nine ways to forget fast fashion and shop sustainable instead.
Snarge: the gruesome result of our holiday flights and why it's important to study it
As you're taxiing to the runway, spare a thought for what the impact of your flight might be.
Eleven extraordinary foods we'll be eating more in the future
Discover what could become UK dinnertime staples of the future.
What is mass extinction and are we facing a sixth one?
A mass extinction event is when species vanish much faster than they are replaced.
How natural history museums can help fight future pandemics
Data on three bat families will be released on an open platform and made available to researchers all over the world.
Would you eat lab-grown meat?
Would you eat a steak grown by scientists?
The future of eating: how genetically modified food will withstand climate change
Future farmers face a big challenge: feeding everyone on Earth while being kind to the planet. Could genetically modified food be the answer?
Photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will remind you of what an extraordinarily beautiful world we're fighting to protect.
Biodiversity is the incredible variety and volume of life on Earth, and the habitats and ecosystems the support it. It allows us all to live healthy lives.
Humans have been around for a very short period of time - but we have still managed to cause a lot of damage. Our actions have disrupted the balance of life on Earth, through:
Hope for the future
Hope isn't lost. If we all work together, we can help our planet recover. Celebrate the latest success stories.
Kākāpō are large, flightless parrots that were once widespread across New Zealand but hunted to near extinction. Thanks to highly specialised conservation efforts, these unique birds are slowly bouncing back.
We have declared a planetary emergency. Our 300 scientists are working on understanding our past so we can protect our future.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Find out more about global warming, greenhouse gases and fossil fuels. Discover what we're doing to help understand and mitigate their effects.
Plastics have permeated almost every part of our planet, including uninhabited islands and the deepest parts of the ocean. Find out the effect plastic has on nature and us.
Endangered species and extinction
Extinction rates are accelerating all over the world. Find out which species are most at risk.
Mining for natural resources has changed the face of our planet. Read more about mining for fossil fuels, precious metals and critical elements, the effects on nature and how we can power our world more sustainably.
The World Health Organisation estimates that man-made air pollution kills about seven million worldwide every year. Find out more about the causes and effects of air pollution.