North America Lost Nearly 30% of Its Birds In the Last 50 Years

The hidden crisis amounts to a loss of almost 3 billion birds since 1970 due to human activity and climate change, scientists say, and requires action.


What the Plastic Straw Controversy Means for Bars

The seemingly innocuous plastic straw has found itself at the centre of a greater cultural war


Cocaine Farmers Are Hunting for an Alternative

Colombian communities that have long depended on coca plants for income are on their own in the era of peace between the government and Marxist guerrillas.


Ralph Steadman Wants to Save the World

We visited the studio of Hunter S Thompson's chief collaborator to talk about his new book with conservationist Ceri Levy.


Humans Are Accelerating The Next Mass Extinction, Study Says

50 percent of Earth’s wildlife has been lost in recent decades.


Crack a Window into the Art of Glass Preservation | Conservation Lab

The tiny city of Corning, New York is home to the world’s best glass conservators.


Heineken Fined £160,000 After Its Herefordshire Cider Factory Kills Thousands of Fish

Ammonia-contaminated water from the lager company’s factory poisoned between 2,000 and 3,000 fish in Widemarsh Brook.


Eating Farm-to-Table in the Galapagos

With only a small percentage of the land of the Galapagos dedicated to agriculture, local food is often expensive and scarce. The restaurant and farm Otoy is the exception, with almost everything served there grown on its grounds.


6 Priceless Pieces of Art Accidentally Damaged in 2016

This is art we lost or was harmed because people were stupid this year. Who knew?


3 Fantastical Surprises Concealed Inside Historical Objects | Conservation Lab

As conservators pick an object apart, what lies inside can be another gem all its own.


Mummy X-Rays Reconstruct Ancient Egyptian Lives | Conservation Lab

Medical imaging slices through mummies while leaving them unperturbed.


6 Mesmerizing Videos of Museum Practitioners at Work | Conservation Lab

Watch conservators restore a vandalized Rothko, submerge a Dickens manuscript in water, and preserve Lonesome George—the iconic Galapagos tortoise—for generations to come.