This month’s issue of Geographical features a deep dive into ocean ‘jellification’.
The ethereal world of jellyfish blooms might seem a harmless oddity, but the increasing volume and frequency of these events is causing concern among experts. Blooms have been known to shut down off-shore power plants and stifle fish stocks. Some jellyfish seem to thrive in a warmer climate and with increased numbers comes an increase in these abnormal events.
On the bright side, bioluminescent jellyfish proteins have helped scientists track the onset of cancer and Alzheimer's, while other projects are using jellyfish mucus to catch and remove microplastics from the ocean.
Also in this month’s issue is an exposé on Morocco’s rare wildlife trade, where shark eggs, macaques and tortoises are traded for entertainment, in brazen opposition to the country’s law. In a related story, photojournalist Keith Wilson reflects on his long-running campaign against wildlife crime.
Elsewhere, there’s a spotlight on Bhutan, and its experiments in economic psychology. Will forsaking the measure of ‘gross domestic product’ for ‘gross national happiness’ increase its citizens’ wellbeing?
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