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Chris Fitch

It’s hard to imagine life without the visual world upfront and centre. But, as the new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London shows, there is a wide variety of fauna that are entirely comfortable operating in the darkness

High steaks: Lone Star ticks

The Lone Star tick is spreading across North America, carrying a peculiar health threat with it: an allergy to red meat

Parallel lives

New statistics suggest rising healthy lifespans in China, at the same time as those in the United States are on the decline

Talc terror trail

An investigation reveals how the illegal export of talc, used in numerous household products, is providing significant funds to insurgents in Afghanistan

Essential oil?

Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habitat destruction which follows its production. Does this ubiquitous crop deserve to be treated with such disdain?
by Patrick Winn • Icon Books • £14.99 (paperback)
by Adam Weymouth • Particular Books • £16.99 (hardback)
As the planet urbanises, attention is turning towards the most basic of building materials – concrete – to ensure the imminent construction boom is as sustainable as possible
India’s booming domestic dog population is attacking some of the country’s most endangered wildlife, and solutions are thin on the ground
Soaring sales of air conditioning units over the next thirty years are set to rapidly escalate global levels of energy demand

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