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World's wildlife population halved in just 40 years

Populations of vertebrate species have declined by an average of 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010, and habitat destruction by people is to blame

12 hours ago from Newscientist

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

13 hours ago from Phys.org

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Scientists discover coral's best defender against an army of sea stars

Coral reefs face a suite of perilous threats in today's ocean. From overfishing and pollution to coastal development and climate change, fragile coral ecosystems are disappearing at unprecedented ...

17 hours ago from Phys.org

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Air quality standards 'increase pollution and health risks'

POLLUTION THRESHOLD?: Deadly air pollution continues to be a problem in Australia because air quality standards are being misused, say experts.

6 hours ago from ABC Science

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Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations

Thirsty hikers have to wait. The elk are first in line.

8 hours ago from Phys.org

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Shape up quickly—applies to fish, too

Fish can live in almost any aquatic environment on Earth, but when the climate changes and temperatures go up many species are pushed to the limit. The amount of time needed to adjust to new ...

16 hours ago from Phys.org

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Bacteria may have ability to reduce impact of diazepam on UK river environments

The natural photo degradation of diazepam (valium) and similar medicines – followed by bacterial breakdown – may reduce their potentially harmful impact on the UK's freshwater environment, a ...

16 hours ago from Phys.org

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Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

Federal biologists say the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and southern Oregon is a key threat to salmon in danger of extinction.

13 hours ago from Phys.org

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Fulminating parasites that affect the production of tilapia

Veracruz is the main producing state of mojarra-tilapia in the country, activity performed around 639 fish farms in 120 municipalities. For internal consumption, the state demands 15 thousand ...

18 hours ago from Phys.org

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Tree killers, yes, fire starters, no: Mountain pine beetles get a bad rap, study says

Mountain pine beetles get a bad rap, and understandably so. The grain-of-rice-sized insects are responsible for killing pine trees over tens of millions of acres in the Western U.S. and Canada ...

Mon 29 Sep 14 from Phys.org

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