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3 ways that fungi could help us combat our waste and climate crises

A group of small, light brown mushrooms growing up a mossy log in a woodland setting.

From plastic waste to intensive fossil-fuel practices polluting natural environments, we humans have created a lot of mess on our planet. Innovative scientific research has been experimenting with fungi as a potential method of cleaning up our waste. Specifically, mycelium has the potential to help us eat-away at some of the waste we’re leaving behind.   What is mycelium?  Mycelium is essentially the…

Stories from the Frontline: Fossil Free Virunga Revisited

Background Last July we published this frontlines piece about an important campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), fought by a group of passionate and dedicated students from Extinction Rebellion (XR) Université de Goma who are working tirelessly in a high risk area to keep oil exploration out of Virunga National Park and fight for a better life for local…

Extreme weather events and climate change: a look back at 2021

Scene of a wildfire on a hill at night. Houses are visible on the hillside. The sky is filled with an orange glow from the flames and smoke.

Almost all of us will have seen the many news articles throughout 2021 about extreme weather events. From record breaking high temperatures resulting in wildfires to unexpected summer rain leading to flooding, the continuous stream of “unprecedented” weather events felt relentless.  Unfortunately, this is the new normal – extreme weather events will increase in frequency, severity and impact in coming years due…

We are losing our right to protest – here’s how you can take action

A group of protesters holds up a banner which reads "Kill the Bill"

In March 2021, a collective outcry amongst environmentalists and human rights advocates echoed across the country after the UK government published its proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) bill. The bill gives police extraordinary powers to crack down on the freedom to protest, criminalises Gypsy and Traveller communities’ way of life and threatens foreign nationals’ residency status. Recently, home secretary Priti…

Smartphone upgrade culture is costing the earth

Pile of discarded mobile phones.

Having a smartphone in the 21st century is a necessity and keeps us connected with friends, family and work. Smartphones aren’t inherently bad, but our culturally ingrained attitude towards switching up our handsets is problematic. We’ve probably all experienced the joy of unboxing a brand new phone. That satisfying moment of peeling off the protective screen cover and unveiling our new device…

Stop Cambo: The fight against a new oil field in the UK

News broke a few weeks ago about oil giant Shell and Siccar Point Energy seeking permission from the UK Government to develop a large new oil field in the Cambo Field, West of Shetland. Thousands of activists across the country and internationally have been mobilising in protest, claiming that the field contradicts the International Energy Agency’s advice that there should be no…

Stories from the Frontline – Episode 2: People and Projects to Watch (that you might not have heard of, but you really really should…)

Welcome to our second article from Curious Earth’s new ‘Stories on the Frontline’ series.  If you weren’t already aware of this new initiative, Stories on the Frontline aims to focus and give voice to the Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA) of climate change. Extractivism, ecocide and the effects of the climate and ecological crisis do not affect the global population equally.…