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  • Bees Gone Wild
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    As winter bears down, thoughts of summer and flowers might seem far off, but now is the time to turn our attention to the plight of pollinators and make critical changes to how we manage our environment, and the crops that feed us.
  • The billionaire vs. the fly
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    I'm looking at a dead fly. It's been dead for 22 years, in fact. There it hangs, impaled by a tiny metal pin, fixing it safely to a piece of foam. The specimen is a few millimeters in length, but it's easy to make out the chunkiness of its thorax and the proud shape of its wings.
  • Ecological restoration goes to Washington
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    Ecological restoration is the art and science of helping degraded natural areas recover to healthy condition and function. It's also, as it turns out, a good business opportunity.
  • McDonald's sets recycling goals for packaging, restaurants
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    McDonald's Corp said on Tuesday it is responding to customers' No. 1 request by setting goals for switching to environmentally friendly packaging materials and offering recycling in all of its restaurants.
  • Iceland pledges to go "plastic-free" on own brand packaging by 2023
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    The retailer claims a "world first" on eliminating plastic packaging as it responds to growing concern over harm to the world's oceans.Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all own brand products within five years to help end the "scourge" of plastic pollution.
  • Warming Signs: How Diminished Snow Cover Puts Species in Peril
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    The wolverine is highly adapted to life in a snowy world. It has thick fur and snowshoe-like feet, and it dens high in the mountains as a way to avoid predators that aren't as nimble in deep snow and to provide its kits with insulation from the bitter high-elevation cold.
  • Human Emissions Made Ocean Heat Wave 53 Times More Likely
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    Three 2016 marine heat waves that killed whales, birds, corals, and shellfish from Australia to Alaska were many times more likely thanks to climate change.
  • Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius for several days in parts of the Arctic. Temperatures of up to eight degrees were registered north of Svalbard. Temperatures this high have not been recorded in the winter half of the year since the beginning of systematic measurements at the end of the 1970s. As a result of this unusual warmth, the sea ice began to melt.
  • Frog artefacts from 40 countries at latest exhibition
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    FrogFest - a first-of-its-kind exhibition at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), inaugurated on January 15 - "celebrates frogs in art and nature" to "build awareness on the need for conservation of these species and highlight their role in the natural world"
  • Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point?
    [released on: 15/01/2018]
    Just over 250 million years ago, the planet suffered what may be described as its greatest holocaust: ninety-six percent of marine genera (plural of genus) and seventy percent of land vertebrate vanished for good. Even insects suffered a mass extinction - the only time before or since. Entire classes of animals - like trilobites - went out like a match in the wind.
  • Malaysian farmers protest Europe's push to curb palm oil imports
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    Hundreds of Malaysian palm oil farmers gathered in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday to protest a push by European Union lawmakers to curb palm oil imports from the world's second-biggest producer of the edible oil.
  • Strangest things: fossils reveal how fungus shaped life on Earth
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    Much of the weirdness depicted in the TV show Stranger Things is distinctly fungal. The massive organic underground network, the floating spores, and even the rotting pumpkin fields all capture the "otherness" of fungi: neither plants nor animals, often bizarre-looking, and associated with decay. As weird as they may seem to us, fungi are integral to the story of the evolution of our landscapes and climate.
  • Biodiversity Could Be As Important As Climate For Healthy Ecosystems
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    Extreme temperatures are hard on plants. They're not used to having frost one day and 60-degree temperatures the next. But just like people will huddle together for warmth, plant species have strength in numbers. New research suggests that biodiversity - or a good variety of plants and animals - is about as important as climate for a healthy ecosystem.
  • Mantis Shrimp Biomimicry: Stomatopod's Dactyl Club Could Inspire Aerospace Materials, Football Helmets
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    There is a lot science has learnt from nature, and studying the finer details of animals to model machinery after them even has a name - biomimicry. The latest example is that of one of the more unusual creatures in nature, the mantis shrimp.
  • Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas
    [released on: 16/01/2018]
    Australia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure.