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The Many Unknown Facets of Plastics in Ecosystems

Few studies have examined lakes or wide swaths of ocean areas, leaving critical data gaps in how plastic pollution affects wildlife and moves across food webs — Although it seems like volumes have been written recently about the ubiquitous plastic pollution in the world’s waterways, a new report finds major gaps in where we’ve looked …

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Japan killed 50 whales in Antarctic protected area, data shows

The disclosure of the cull, conducted under a legal loophole, comes as Japan seeks to further weaken a global ban on commercial hunts — Japanese whalers have killed more than 50 minke whales in an Antarctic marine protection area this year, WWF has revealed. The disclosure comes on the opening day of the International Whaling …

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‘They are taking out a generation of tuna’: overfishing causes crisis in Philippines

Men like Raul Gomez have been catching tuna for 40 years, but as fisheries in the region edge closer to collapse, he spends longer at sea to catch ever smaller tuna — Raul Gomez is an old man who fishes with five crew on a clipper in the seas known as the coral triangle, and …

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Sweden’s reindeer at risk of starvation after summer drought

Indigenous Sami herders urge state to help mitigate impact of climate change in Arctic circle — Sweden’s indigenous Sami reindeer herders are demanding state aid to help them cope with the impact of this summer’s unprecedented drought and wildfires, saying their future is at risk as global warming changes the environment in the far north. …

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Warmer seas will not lure great white sharks to UK, experts say

Scientists dismiss likelihood of species arriving in Britain but bluefin tuna are on the rise — Britain’s westerly waters are experiencing a bumper season for sightings of bluefin tuna, while visitors to Cornwall have been thrilled by the unusual sighting of a blue shark swimming in St Ives harbour. But anyone hoping for sightings of …

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Wildfires

The devastation caused by wildfires is self-evident – but their impact is greater and more wide-ranging than you might think… — This year, the number of wildfires in Europe has increased. In California, the Mendocino complex wildfire is the largest in its history. Research continues to reveal the extent of health problems arising because of …

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Climate change not the only threat to giant pandas, study says

Climate change could play a smaller role in determining future giant panda populations than previously thought, a new study suggests — This is because other important factors affecting panda distribution, such as farming, tourism and the local distribution of bamboo plants, may have previously been underestimated, the research shows. The researchers find that, when climate …

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Welsh river study reveals ‘troubling’ decline of wildlife

Forty-year study shows loss of invertebrates, with repercussions for larger animals — One of the longest-running studies of streams in the world – the minute study of 14 brooks that tumble through a remote Welsh mountain landscape – has exposed a troubling loss of riverine wildlife. Ecologists working on the Llyn Brianne Observatory project in …

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Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth

Conservation scientists believe our current mass extinction crisis requires a far more ambitious agreement, in the style of the Paris Climate Accord. And they argue that the bill shouldn’t be handed just to nation states, but corporations too — Let’s be honest, the global community’s response to the rising evidence of mass extinction and ecological …

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