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  • Why some African birds choose not to fly the nest

    Catherine Harte
    | 4th April 2018
    You may think it's only twenty-something humans who are reluctant to leave the comfort of the family home for a grimy flat share with eight strangers. But new research shows that some animal species are also slow to take flight, choosing to wait until a better opportunity presents itself. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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  • Michael Gove announces 'tough' new ban on ivory trade

    Catherine Harte
    | 3rd April 2018
    The number of elephants has declined by almost a third in the last decade - and as many as 55 African elephants a day are killed for their ivory. Now the UK government is getting tough on poaching by banning the sale of ivory. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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    What would the earth look like if 50 percent was reserved for nature?

    Emily Folk
    | 3rd April 2018
    Humans have been growing exponentially in population, taking up space that would otherwise have been inhabited by wildlife. The amount of land untouched by humans has decreased. EO Wilson proposed a concept where half of the earth is set aside as a nature reserve. This could be the answer to many problems, argues EMILY FOLK

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  • Skye islanders object to two new salmon farms

    Alexandra Heal
    Ellie O'Donnell
    | 29th March 2018
    Campaigners are rallying against two proposed new salmon farms as a Scottish parliamentary report concludes the industry as it stands could cause “irrecoverable damage” to marine ecosystems. ALEXANDRA HEAL and ELLIE O'DONNELL visit the Isle of Skye to investigate

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  • The Islands and the Whales - a deeply enchanting film

    Brendan Montague
    | 28th March 2018
    The huldufolk have disappeared from the Faroe Islands, and with them an ancient understanding of nature. They vanished when in the 1950s when the roads and the lights appeared. Now, the local community are coming to terms with further extinctions - and a threat to their own lives from coal pollution. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reviews The Islands and the Whales, out tomorrow.

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  • How seaweeds can help offset the acidity of our oceans

    Catherine Harte
    | 27th March 2018
    Our oceans act as a very effective carbon storehouse, absorbing about a third of CO2 emissions. This has led to an increase in the acidity of our seawaters - which is harmful to marine life. However, new research shows that seaweeds can influence the acidity of the water around them and in turn provide vital shelter for organisms at risk from higher pH levels. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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  • Activists speak out against Polish bill to curb protest at COP24

    Catherine Harte
    | 26th March 2018
    Poland will host the 24th session of the UN’s climate change conference ( COP24) later this year but the government is already under fire for a controversial bill that would ban spontaneous protest. A number of leading activist groups are calling for it to be repealed. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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  • Land degradation now at a critical level warn experts

    Catherine Harte
    | 26th March 2018
    Less than a quarter of the Earth’s land surface has escaped the impact of human activity - and by 2050 experts estimate this will fall below 10 percent. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) today warns land degradation will negatively impact two thirds of humanity and is the biggest contributor to species extinction. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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  • Getting the best Brexit deal for farm animals

    Catherine Harte
    | 26th March 2018
    Today, 80 percent of current animal welfare legislation comes from EU law. But animal charities are concerned that post-Brexit new trade agreements could be made with countries with lower standards. The RSPCA is calling for the government to use Brexit as an opportunity to incentivise famers to increase their levels of animal welfare. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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