Are we losing languages?

It sounds implausible but, according to UNESCO, around ten languages really do die out each year. And it is estimated that half of the living languages in the world are under threat of extinction. While the WWF and other similar organisations strive to save breeds of animals from extinction, it’s worth noting that languages are…

Are we really approaching another mass extinction?

Are we really approaching another mass extinction? Approaching is a very vague term. The Wagamama takeout we ordered for lunch is (allegedly) approaching, but then so too is the end of the solar system (as the sun expands to the point of becoming a Red Giant, at which point it will destroy every planet in…

Are bananas facing extinction?

Bananas as you know them are indeed under great threat, but the bananas you eat today are merely the latest strain of the fruit and the notion that it would become totally extinct is fanciful. But there is a reason why the rumour started. In 2003 The New Scientist claimed bananas could be extinct in…