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Green loopholes

Well-meaning promises don’t always have positive outcomes. Marco Magrini finds that green paradoxes abound despite the best of intentions

Hunting the hunters

The RSPB introduces a new hotline for reporting the unlawful killing of birds of prey
With the death earlier this week of the world’s last male northern white rhino, the sub-species has been brought worryingly close to extinction. The demise of 45-year-old ‘Sudan’ in Kenya also has significant consequences for conservation of the species as…
The essence of street photography is its raw, unfiltered, unstaged realism. The key to this is mastering your sense of timing and not being embarrassed to approach potential subjects
For Marco Magrini, a tax on fossil fuels would be a no-brainer in order to get a supply-and-demand market place working fairly
Half of animal species in world’s most biodiverse areas could face extinction as global temperatures soar
Four-year project to reestablish safe breeding grounds for seabirds on remote Scottish islands declared a success

The unusual soil-spects

First global atlas of soil bacteria reveals a small minority of species have dominated world soils
Scientists discover how shrubs are dominating the Arctic tundra
War and conservation have a complicated relationship, with two studies undertaken in Africa showing significantly different responses to conflict and the impact on natural environments
Why is Europe so cold right now? Marco Magrini suggests looking north, to an exceptionally warm Arctic, for some answers
Threatened Californian owls are suffering from digesting rat poison administered to the state’s thousands of marijuana farms

Into the blue

With the majority of the ocean still remaining undiscovered, a team of marine scientists is about to set forth on one of the most ambitious deep-sea research and education projects ever attempted

Belize's blue period

Belize bans offshore oil extraction to protect the second longest barrier reef in the world

Rhinos on the run

With their horns still much-prized by poachers, will the revered African safari bucket list of photographing the ‘Big 5’ of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino roaming wild and free soon be a thing of the past?
Narwhals show a complex response to interaction with humans and it may be putting them at risk
The biodiversity of the Antarctic seafloor has been modelled for the first time
With growing fears over the negative impacts of excessive sunscreen in marine environments, researchers are looking to nature for solutions

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