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Study shows worms can develop pesticide resistance in as little as 80 days

The Ecologist
| 2nd February 2009
The pesticide industry knows all too well that nature quickly develops immunity to its chemical armoury. But a new study by scientists at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) and the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, in Portugal has shown that a species of worm can develop resistance to a common pesticide in just 20 generations, or 80 days.

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The world's first environmental refugees

Dan McDougall
| 30th January 2009
The disappearance of Lohachara beneath the waters of the Bay of Bengal created the world’s first environmental refugees. Dan McDougall reports on other islanders in the Sundarbans delta who have no escape from the rising ocean. Photography by Robin Hammond

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Saving our seas

Dr Haris Livas-Dawes
| 7th August 2008
The Government says it realises our oceans are at risk from pollution and overfishing, says Dr Haris Livas-Dawes, so why won't it produce a marine bill with more teeth?

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Tata and the turtles

Ashish Fernandes
| 24th April 2008
Tata is not limiting itself to dominance of the mainland. Ashish Fernandes reports on the sea turtles falling foul of the corporation in waters off the Indian subcontinent

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Black Sea

13th November 2007
Russia was facing up to a ten-year clean-up operation after a major oil spill in the Black Sea region.

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Saving Malibu from the stars

Arnie Cooper
| 1st February 2004
Barbara Streisand prides herself on being a movie star with an environmental conscience. So why did she take one man to court over his efforts to protect the California coastline?

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Crossing the threshold

Peter Bunyard
| 1st February 2004
It takes no more than a gentle nudge to push a man over the edge of a cliff, but it is almost impossible to haul him back before he hits the ground. Given that we show no sign of putting a stop to global warming, Peter Bunyard takes a look at what the future might hold

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Atlantic Dawn

The Ecologist
| 1st April 2003
Dirty deals between the European Commission and Ireland have enabled the world’s biggest trawler to plunder African fish stocks.

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Whale songs drowned out by navy sonars

The Ecologist
| 1st February 2003
Navy vs the Whales. They have the most mysterious and beautiful songs in the natural world. But now they are dying, drowned out by the deafening roar of Western navies’ new sonar devices.

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Appetite for Destruction

Dr Mike Shanahan
| 20th March 2001
Shrimp has always been associated with the small and the puny. Why then is this seemingly harmless crustacean inspiring angry protests throughout the developing world, and why have so many people died as a result? Dr Mike Shanahan investigates

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