How much sunken treasure is still out there?

The idea that there are wrecks full of treasure, sitting on the ocean floor waiting to be salvaged, might seem fanciful, but it’s entirely true. And it is estimated that there is around $60 billion of unclaimed treasure still out there. UNESCO has said that there are as many as three million shipwrecks at the…

Are there really more people alive now, than have ever lived?

This “fact” was repeated in many places recently when the world’s population reached the seven billion mark. It was a significant moment and some sought to emphasise the population explosion by repeating this startling piece of information. For the statement to be true, however, there would obviously need to be fewer than seven billion people…

Are lifespans really getting shorter?

It has been claimed (by Michelle Obama and Jamie Oliver, among others) that the current generation of children will have a shorter lifespan than that of their parents due to the increase in childhood obesity. So is there any truth in that? No. Over the last four decades life expectancy globally has risen by 11…

Are 11,416 sharks being killed every hour?

It seems staggering, but based on the most recent figures from Marine Policy, who say 100million sharks are being killed every year, it would appear that this daily rate of slaughter is indeed the case. The recent Marine Policy report stated that the exact number of sharks killed could actually be anywhere between 63 million…