One-third of the world’s tree species are threatened with extinction – here are five of them

One-third of the world’s tree species are threatened with extinction – here are five of them _Shorea smithiana_, a rainforest tree vulnerable to habitat loss. Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia. David Bartholomew, Author provided One in three of the world’s tree species are at risk of becoming extinct, according to a recent…

Dozens arrested after protests bring M25 traffic to a halt again

Insulate Britain environmental campaigners target London traffic during morning rush-hourMore than 70 environmental protesters have been arrested after they blocked traffic on Britain’s busiest motorway for the second time in three days.Activists from Insulate Britain staged the demonstration at several sections of the M25 in London during the morning rush-hour…

Resistance band workouts are everywhere – but do they work?

Resistance band workouts are everywhere – but do they work? And streeeetch … Vladimir Sukhachev Resistance-band exercises have been all over social media during the pandemic. In case you aren’t familiar with them, resistance bands are similar to an elastic band, usually made from a synthetic fibre like latex or…

COVID vaccine effects wane over time but still prevent death and severe illness

PIC SNIPE/Shutterstock Several countries – including the UK – are now offering third COVID-19 shots amid reports of vaccines proving less effective over time. But do these countries really need to embark on widespread booster campaigns? Here’s what research tells us so far about how vaccines are performing. One study…

Australia badly needs a plan to make refugee settlement work

Pandemic has highlighted government shortcomings on regional integration, racism and suitable working visas for new arrivals Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/pandemic-border/australia-badly-needs-plan-make-refugee-settlement-work/

EFF and Allies Urge Council of Europe to Add Strong Human Rights Safeguards Before Final Adoption of Flawed Cross Border Surveillance Treaty

EFF, European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), and other civil society organizations have worked closely on recommendations to strengthen human rights protections in a flawed international cross border police surveillance treaty drafted by the Council of Europe (CoE). At a virtual hearing…

Rural Australia has stories to tell that will interest the world. Here’s how we'll report them | Gabrielle Chan

We have reimagined coverage to bring you local perspectives on larger issues, along with facts, opinion and moments of joyLenore Taylor: Our new rural network will expand Guardian Australia’s reach and tell stories that resonateAustralia’s farmers set for record $70bn year – but labour shortages and Covid rules threaten harvestAgricultural…

Cabinet Office announces review into controversial FOI unit

The FOI ‘Clearing House’ was criticised by a judge after openDemocracy won a landmark case against the government Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/freedom-of-information/cabinet-office-announces-review-controversial-foi-unit/

We discovered the earliest prehistoric art is hand prints made by children

One of the hand prints discovered in Tibet that is believed to have been made by children. Matthew Bennett, Author provided Fossilised footprints, and more rarely, hand prints, can be found around the world; left as people went about their daily business, preserved by freak acts of geological preservation. In…

What contaminants lurk in the UK’s drinking water? An expert explains

What contaminants lurk in the UK’s drinking water? An expert explains The lead pipes in some old buildings could contaminate drinking water. AnnaER/Pixabay Recently, a school project made an alarming discovery: the presence of five times the recommended maximum amount of lead in water samples taken from 14 schools across…

Five numbers that lay bare the mammoth effort needed to insulate Britain’s homes

Five numbers that lay bare the mammoth effort needed to insulate Britain’s homes I Wei Huang/Shutterstock Environmental activists recently blocked junctions of the M25 – London’s orbital motorway – to protest the glacial pace at which the UK government is tackling carbon emissions and fuel poverty in Britain’s housing stock.…

River Tamar allowed to flood farmland to help wildlife and climate

Project to reverse Victorian-era reclamation creates rich, marshy land that can lock in carbon The herons and little egrets have already begun to hunt in the muddy shallows and the hope is that within a few years, rarer wading birds such as curlew and mammals including otters and harvest mice…

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