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China and India help make planet leafier

Image copyright Science Photo Library China and India, two of the world’s biggest polluters, are making it leafier – for now, a report says. The greening effect stems mainly from ambitious tree-planting in China and intensive farming in both countries. There are now more than 2 million sq miles of extra leaf area per year, […]

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Environment in multiple crises – report

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The “human footprint” is creating multiple challenges Politicians and policymakers have failed to grasp the gravity of the environmental crisis facing the Earth, a report claims. The think-tank IPPR says human impacts have reached a critical stage and threaten to destabilise society and the global economy. Scientists warn of a […]

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Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone

Image copyright Ordnance Survey Mapping organisation Ordnance Survey plans to launch a solar-powered drone to capture higher quality images of the Earth. Its Astigan craft will fly higher than commercial airliners at 67,000 ft (20,400m), and could circle the Earth for 90 days before it needs to land. It will collect images and data for […]

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Dogs’ becoming major threat’ to wildlife

Image copyright Pitam ChattopadhyayImage caption Protected species like blackbuck are attacked by feral and free-ranging dogs They may be our “best friends” but dogs have also emerged as a major threat to wildlife. Scientists say they have contributed to the extinction of nearly one dozen wild bird and animal species. As such, they have become […]

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Tiger killed by new mate at London Zoo

Image copyright PAImage caption Asim (pictured), whose name means “protector” in Arabic, had been matched with Melati through the European Endangered Species Programme An endangered Sumatran tiger has been killed by another tiger at London Zoo. Male tiger Asim was brought to the zoo from a Danish safari park 10 days ago in the hope […]