Environment

How human food is changing wildlife

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Searching for a snack: ‘Human food’ can make up as much as 30% of a black bear’s diet If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal. But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat more “human food”, which ...

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‘Brexit gap’ over wildlife protection is looming

Image copyright WWF Image caption WWF formally complained to the EU in 2012 that UK governments had failed to identify areas to offer adequate protection to harbour porpoise Eighty per cent of the laws that protect the Welsh environment are tied to the EU and time is running out to replace them, nature groups have warned. They claimed wildlife and ...

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Climate change: Death of the ‘grandfather of climate science’

Image copyright Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Wallace Broecker, the US climate scientist who helped popularise the term “global warming” has died in New York at the age of 87. Prof Broecker was among the first to connect emissions of CO2 to rising temperatures back in the 1970s. He also studied the ocean conveyor belt, linking oceanography to climate change. Scientists the ...

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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 insight for the vet team. ...

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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 that it is a moral ...

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