Curious Kids: why do so many dangerous animals live in Australia?

Curious Kids: why do so many dangerous animals live in Australia? The world's most venomous snake, the inland taipan, is only found in Australia. Lubos Houska/Shutterstock Why do so many dangerous animals live in Australia? – Lucy, aged seven, Kent, UK There are lots of dangerous animals in the world.…

Green party joint leaders to stand again for their roles

Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley herald ‘pivotal moment’ as they say UK is in crisisThe two joint leaders of the Green party, Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley, are to stand for their job-shared role again, declaring the time is right to seize the moment and become a mass-membership movement.Berry and…

Small boats and female workers hardest hit by Covid-19 fisheries impact

Research shows how supply chains around world have been disrupted by pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSmall fishing boats, fish markets and female workers are among the categories worst affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis on the world’s fisheries, research has found.Supply chains around…

Glacier mice: these herds of moss-balls roam the ice – and we’re uncovering their mysteries

Glacier mice: these herds of moss-balls roam the ice – and we’re uncovering their mysteries Glacier mice were first documented in 1951, but they continue to mystify scientists. Nicholas Midgley, Author provided Glaciers are commonly considered to be cold and barren places that are hostile to life. Plants cannot grow…

Only two-thirds of UK bathing waters rated excellent in EU survey

Latest data puts Britain near bottom of Europe’s league table for bathing water qualitySwimmers itching to take advantage of the easing of lockdown to have their first sea bathes or wild swims of the summer should pick their spot wisely: only two-thirds of the UK’s bathing waters are of excellent…

'It was hell': Spanish cocaine raid adds to shipboard misery for 4,000 cows

Terrible conditions witnessed onboard livestock ship travelling from Colombia to Egypt suspected of being a cover for traffickingWhen the Neameh sailed out of Colombia on 4 May, it should have been a routine shipment: just over 4,000 cattle, on their way to Egypt, an important hub for the global trade…

What lies beneath: our love affair with living underwater

How the 1960s craze for oceanic exploration changed our relationship with the planetIn November 1966, the Gemini 12 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, splashed down in the Pacific. The four-day mission was a triumph, proving that humans could work in outer space, and even step into the great unknown, albeit tethered…

Commonwealth nations to protect coral reefs with satellite technology

Countries to use high-resolution images to monitor health of marine resourcesCommonwealth countries are to gain free access to satellite technology that will help them monitor and protect their endangered coral reefs from threats such as climate breakdown, overfishing and pollution.Commonwealth countries hold nearly half of the world’s remaining tropical coral…

Catch-22: technology can help solve fishing’s environmental issues – but risks swapping one problem for another

Catch-22: technology can help solve fishing’s environmental issues – but risks swapping one problem for another Shutterstock Almost a decade ago, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight campaign galvanised public opinion against the senseless waste of discarding fish. At the time this was the common practice of returning unwanted catches to the…

Mental Health Issues May Accompany Psoriasis

A new study by Swedish researchers suggests individuals with the common dermatological condition of psoriasis may also have other physical diseases that can bring on depression, anxiety and suicide. Investigators from Umeå University discovered the physical or somatic diseases that often accompany psoriasis have even more impact on patients’ mental…

Omission of air pollution from report on Covid-19 and race ‘astonishing’

Failure to consider dirty air as a factor in higher death toll among ethnic minorities wholly irresponsible, say criticsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to consider air pollution as a factor in the higher rates of coronavirus deaths among minority ethnic groups is “astonishing” and “wholly irresponsible”,…

The Fed deserves the praise for America’s jobs turnaround. But Trump benefits

The US stimulus programme looks to have been a success: one that has political as well as economic consequencesThe political obituaries of Donald Trump were all prepared. At the end of a week that has seen American cities convulsed by protests over the killing of George Floyd, the president would…

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