Steve Backshall

Plans for yet more ineffective badger culls prove our leaders see wildlife as totally expendable, writes Steve Backshall.
Enraged Radio 1 DJ Greg James told them to "delete their account".
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What humbling results! The future looks bright in such caring and compassionate hands. We chose to theme this year's National Young Writers' Awards around 'the future' because it opens up so much potential for a child's imagination.
I'm flying out to Japan for a week. I'm going to head down to Taiji, watch, record proceedings on my camera phone, and make some homemade films on events in the Cove, doing my best to record what happens in an even-handed, respectful fashion.
We can individually take responsibility for our own actions, but to make big changes decisions need to be taken on a national, continental and even global scale. If the big coffee companies are going to make billions out of our legal addiction, they need to be forced to clean up the mess that's left afterwards.
Japan has once again sent whaling vessels into the Antarctic refuge, harvesting whales for 'scientific research', which they claim is allowable through a loophole in international law. In 2014, the UN's International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop whaling in Antarctica as its so-called 'scientific whaling' is not compatible with the ICRW, the rulings of the IWC, or international law.
The recent beaching of sperm whales on our east coast, and simultaneously in Europe, has once again called attention to undersea soundscapes. Sperm whales are very special creatures, possibly more dependent on acoustics, and more sensitive to it than any other animal in the sea.
Doing what I do for a living, I spend my waking hours weighing up the potential of misadventure against the likelihood, the steps you need to take to minimize danger against the worst possible outcome. The risk of shark attack in Australia is tiny, but the potential effects are catastrophic, and so I cannot in good faith just tell my Aussie supporters to carry on swimming anytime, anywhere.