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‘Decimated’: Germany’s birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76%

Germany's flying insect biomass has dropped 76 percent in the past 27 years, according to a study published last week in PLOS ONE. The findings have stunned biologists around the world and are prompting concern about potentially disastrous ecological consequences.


This study saw widespread coverage last week (see, for example, the excellent work here in the Guardian).

But we're big fans of the reporting Mongabay brings to international issues, particularly biodiversity. Morgan Erickson-Davis' assessment of the study makes for a good read if you missed this story when it broke last week.

Originals

Final permit for controversial Michigan mine gets accepted. Tribe digs in.

As a massive open pit mine inches forward, Menominee tribe looks to legal remedies

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality accepted the fourth and final permit required for the controversial Back Forty Mine to move forward.

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Originals

Soils reveal a hidden cost of farming, and fertilizers

For every ton of fertilizer farmers apply to fields in the United States, almost 1,200 pounds is wasted due to inefficiency, with almost 400 pounds of that waste flushing into streams and aquifers.

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