How your weekly shop affects the environment

Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming, according to a University of Oxford study. However, the researchers found that the environmental impact of different foods varies hugely. Many of us have cut down on using plastic bags and plastic straws, recycle where possible and have turned […]

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‘Ivory Queen’ Yang Fenglan jailed in Tanzania

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yang Fenglan was a leading figure in business circles at the time of her arrest Tanzania has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese businesswoman nicknamed the “Ivory Queen”, to 15 years in jail for smuggling hundreds of elephant tusks. Yang was accused of operating one of Africa’s biggest ivory-smuggling rings, responsible […]

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Mystery disease killing beech trees

Image copyright C.Ewing Image caption Once a tree displays the symptoms of Beech Leaf Disease, it will die in the coming years A mysterious disease that is killing beech trees is spreading across parts of the United States. Scientists say the disease, known as Beech Leaf Disease, has been recorded in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and […]

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

Image copyright ZSL London Zoo Image caption Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) The expert veterinary team at ZSL London Zoo has shared a selection of X-rays made during routine health checks of its 18,000 animals. The images reveal the inner workings of a variety of different species, including frogs, snakes, geckos and turtles, and provide valuable […]

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Call to ban killer robots in wars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This is not about terminator robots but “conventional weapons systems with autonomy” A group of scientists has called for a ban on the development of weapons controlled by artificial intelligence (AI). It says that autonomous weapons may malfunction in unpredictable ways and kill innocent people. Ethics experts also argue […]

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