New MRS Award in renewable energy technology

MRS Nelson Buck Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy - for early-career researchers announced


Unearthing the lineage of living fossils: the oldest mawsoniid coelacanth in Europe

The study “A mawsoniid coelacanth (Sarcopterygii: Actinistia) from the Rhaetian (Upper Triassic) of the Peygros quarry, Le Thoronet (Var, southeastern France)” by Uthumporn Deesri et al., recently published in Geological Magazine, presents and describes for the first time fossil evidence for a mawsoniid coelacanth recently unearthed from a quarry in southeastern France.…


Hydrogen: fuel of the future?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. And as the race to find energy sources to replace our dwindling fossil fuel supplies continues, hydrogen is likely to play a crucial role.


Illegal killing of birds still occurring in Europe

In spite of national legislation and international obligations, a new BirdLife International-led review showed illegal killing and taking is still occurring in Northern and Central Europe and the Caucasus, birds being primarily killed illegally for ‘sport’, ‘food’ or ‘predator and pest control’.…


Vedanta: A New Landmark in Litigating Extraterritorial Torts

The July 2017 issue (6:2) of Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) includes a contribution by Elena Merino Blanco and Ben Pontin examining jurisdictional grounds for hearing foreign tort claims, with reference to recent and ongoing oil pollution nuisance litigation involving Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its Nigerian subsidiary operating in the Niger Delta.…


The need of an ethics of planetary sustainability

How long will humankind survive? Besides the fact that we have been able to eliminate ourselves with nuclear weapons for decades, even without a third world war, the challenge to take care of the resources of our planet remains; we need to use them in a way that our children and their children can have a place on Earth as well. In this blog post Andreas Losch discusses his recent review article in the International Journal of Astrobiology, The need of an ethics of planetary sustainability