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

October 20, 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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A giant crawling brain: the jaw-dropping world of termites

October 1, 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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Eight bird species are first confirmed avian extinctions this decade

September 13, 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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‘Its not if, its when’: the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

September 8, 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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The fight to save clean water on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

September 7, 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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We live in an age of anxiety and we cant blame it all on Trump | Arwa Mahdawi

September 6, 2018

Precarious jobs, inequality and unaffordable housing: no wonder we are all so worried. But what if the answer is to drop out a little? The anxiety industry is having one hell of a moment. Barnes & Noble recently announced that US sales of books related to anxiety are up more than 25% from a year […]

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Oceans last chance: It’s taken years of negotiations to set this up

August 30, 2018

Wildlife in most of the lawless high seas faces an existential threat from fishing, shipping and the military. Next month, a landmark UN conference could finally bring hope The leatherback turtle is one of our planets most distinctive creatures. It can live for decades and grow to weigh up to two tonnes. It is the […]

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

August 29, 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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‘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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‘This one has heat stress’: the shocking reality of live animal exports

August 19, 2018

The global demand for meat means more animals are moved around the world than ever before. Activists say the conditions they endure are intolerable and we are all turning a blind eye At the Kapikule border crossing between Turkey and Bulgaria, Lesley Moffat charges forward, clipboard in hand, marching alongside the parked lorries loaded with […]

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