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  • Two lions

    Scientists get ever closer to discovering the mystery of 'man eating lions'

    Curtis Abraham
    | 12th April 2018
    Ogeto Mwebi, a senior research scientist at the Department of Zoology of the National Museums of Kenya and Nduhiu Gitahi, the chief technologist at the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology & Toxicology based at Nairobi University are attempting now to uncover the mystery behind two man eating lions from more than a century ago. CURTIS ABRAHAM investigates

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  • What is wrong with a system of laissez-faire economics?

    Robert Biel
    | 11th April 2018
    Adam Smith, the author of The Wealth of Nations, is sometimes credited as the first political economist and many of his followers today advocate free market, laissez-faire, policy. Here Dr ROBERT BIEL argues that Smith was also an early systems theorist - but also sets out why Smith's theory and the system he described are a threat to our ecology

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  • How a mathematical model could help protect forests

    Catherine Harte
    | 10th April 2018
    Scientists say there is a growing urgency to understand how affected forests may or may not recover as forest fires increase in frequency. A team from the Smithsonian Institute has come up with a mathematical model which they say will help identify the forest areas most at risk. CATHERINE HARTE has the story

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  • More than 20,000 volunteers expected at nationwide beach clean

    Catherine Harte
    | 10th April 2018
    Surfers against Sewage is calling on volunteers to take part in what they say will be one of the biggest ever beach cleans covering over 500 communities - in the wake of a recent government report which projected that ocean plastic is set to treble by 2025. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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  • Acupuncture model

    An acupuncture treatment for climate change?

    Spring Cheng
    | 9th April 2018
    Acupuncture? An ancient Chinese healing practice where a doctor pokes hair-thin needles into odd places they call “points” on a patient’s body? What does acupuncture have to do with climate change? SPRING CHENG argues the practice holds powerful lessons for how we interact with our natural environment

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  • How the spread of woody vines is threatening fragmented rainforests

    Catherine Harte
    | 9th April 2018
    An intense war is being fought between woody vines and native trees in fragmented rainforests, according to new research. The chopping down of rainforest is exacerbating the problem and could lead to significant changes in the ecology and dynamics of these tropical eco-systems, reports CATHERINE HARTE

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  • Dead fish in sand

    Can ‘green growth’ really avert global ecological collapse?

    Martin Kirk
    | 5th April 2018
    The pursuit of economic growth is causing irreparable ecological damage - threatening to undermine human civilisation itself. But 'green growth' is no panacea for the problems we now face. Abandoning Gross Domestic Product and growth as measures for success is the only way to avoid failure, argues MARTIN KIRK

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  • Eiffel tower

    Why fighting climate change can give us reasons to be cheerful

    Louise Gray
    | 5th April 2018
    Climate change brings with it existential concern. But the actions we take to prevent runaway climate change can have extraordinary benefits for our economy, our health, our wellbeing and our relationship with the natural environment. It is these positive messages that can persuade people to act now, argues LOUISE GRAY

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