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'No Net Loss' policies aim to offset ecological damage caused by development projects, but trade-offs are not always successful. Is it possible to fully offset ecological damages of development projects, and how do we overcome the ethical issues of trade-offs in nature? 
The impacts of deforestation are wide ranging. But while some are well-known, a link with malaria is only just coming to light. Could appetites for deforestation-implicated products, such as coffee and timber, be driving malaria risk in vulnerable countries? 
Though the pandemic has gripped the world's attention, lying just in reach is an opportunity to radically restructure our energy system
Genome sequencing has become one of the main methods for tracking how coronavirus is moving through communities. The technique identifies subtle differences called mutations that a virus picks up over time. Despite facing criticism for its handling of the pandemic, the UK is leading the charge on genome sequencing. Efforts are starting to gain insights on how the UK's epidemic was seeded with imports from other countries
A portable DNA assay could revolutionise the way border officials examine suspected wildlife products, and the methods conservationists use to identify wildlife samples in the field
Scientists are using sophisticated data modelling to predict how cities will develop. How will our urban futures look if we embrace sustainability over fossil-fuelled development?
Increasing reports of seized jaguar fangs and skin suggest that demand for jaguar parts has grown in the past decade, particularly in China. As relations between Latin America and Asia strengthen, criminologists and conservationists are concerned that a formal market for trafficked jaguar parts could reverse critical conservation progress
Four ex-circus lions discovered in France are due to be re-housed at Born Free, invigorating the call for EU-wide ban on wild animals in circuses
With widespread antibiotic resistance looming, researchers are attempting to create new antimicrobial surfaces

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