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Invasion of the frankenbees: the danger of building a better bee

October 19, 2018

The long read: Beekeepers are sounding the alarm about the latest developments in genetically modified pollinators The spring of 2008 was brutal for Europes honeybees. In late April and early May, during the corn-planting season, dismayed beekeepers in Germanys upper Rhine valley looked on as whole colonies perished. Millions of bees died. France, the Netherlands […]

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Outdoor air purifiers and inside play: Delhi gears up for annual pollution fight

October 1, 2018

Indian authorities are attempting to bring down air pollution in the capital after record levels in 2016 Like clockwork, the approach of winter in Delhi brings steadily worsening pollution levels in the city. It also heralds elaborate, sometimes hare-brained schemes to fix the problem. Last year, the Indian capital tried showering the city with water […]

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A giant crawling brain: the jaw-dropping world of termites

September 29, 2018

At least half of termite studies used to be about how to kill them. But science is discovering their extraordinary usefulness In July 2008, Irented asmall yellow car in Tucson, Arizona, and drove it south towards Tombstone. My passengers included an entomologist and two microbial geneticists, and Iwas following awhite van with government plates carrying […]

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The fight to save clean water on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

September 26, 2018

Native American leaders in Montana believe the Keystone oil pipeline puts them in grave danger but they are up against powerful business interests Lance Four Star drives west at 70mph using his knees to work the steering wheel as he watches the Lance Four Star, the chairman of the Fort Peck Assiniboine council, watches an […]

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Eight bird species are first confirmed avian extinctions this decade

September 17, 2018

Most of the extinctions were caused by deforestation in South America, a new study of endangered birds shows Spixs macaw, a brilliant blue species of Brazilian parrot that starred in the childrens animation Rio, has become extinct this century, according to a new assessment of endangered birds. The macaw is one of eight species, including […]

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Choose a side: the battle to keep French isle McDonald’s-free

September 10, 2018

Mayor on le dOlron is leading the fight, saying the island is not about mass consumption Inside a ramshackle former holiday club on the picturesque le dOlron off May 1968. The artwork implored comrades to choose their side in the islands battle with McDonalds. Olron is a beautiful place, its important to protect it, said […]

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‘Its not if, its when’: the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

September 6, 2018

Swine fever has made its way into China, home to half the worlds pigs. Farmers in Estonia are already counting the cost Ott Saarevli, the owner of a pig farm in Lne county in Estonia, is starting all over again. In September last year, government vets diagnosed an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in […]

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‘People need them’: the trouble with the movement to ban plastic straws

August 28, 2018

In California and beyond, lawmakers are taking action for the environment. But advocates for people with disabilities say the bans create yet another hurdle to dining in public At first glance, bans on plastic straws might seem like a simple and harmless next step for the environmentally conscious. Love sea turtles? No more straws. Want […]

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If you want to save the world, veganism isnt the answer | Isabella Tree

August 28, 2018

Intensively farmed meat and dairy are a blight, but so are fields of soya and maize. There is another way, says the farmer Isabella Tree Veganism has rocketed in the UK over the past couple of years from an estimated half a million people in 2016 Cowspiracy and 2015 report from the UN Food and […]

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Belgian nude beach blocked on fears sexual activity could spook wildlife

August 15, 2018

Wildlife agency says subsidiary activities in the dunes would scare off rare lark The Belgian Naturism Federation has come to the defence of its burgeoning membership after the Flemish wildlife agency blocked an application for a second nudist beach in the country on the grounds that bathers subsidiary activities would pose a threat to a […]

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