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Despite what scientists call the ‘yuck factor,’ bugs could be a sustainable secret ingredient for the booming pet food industry.
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Biodiversity

Your lawn is an 'ecological dead zone.' The case for replacing it with native plants

Entomologist Doug Tallamy says ditching half of our lawn space could make room for planet-saving biodiversity.
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Toxics

France threatened with legal action over use of pesticides

Widespread use of chemicals that can harm wildlife means French state has failed to protect the country’s flora and fauna, say NGOS
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The invasive emerald ash borer has destroyed millions of trees – scientists aim to control it with tiny parasitic wasps

Biological control strategies curb pests using other species that attack the invader. A biologist explains why it can take more than a decade to develop an effective biological control program.
Biodiversity

Washington state officials destroy first ‘murder hornet’ nest of the season

Officials in Washington state said they had destroyed the first "murder hornet" nest of the season, which was located near the town of Blaine along the Canadian border.

Toxics

Sorry to bug you, but insects are in decline

We hear that pollinators are in dire straits while harmful, invasive insects seem to be proliferating. But how are all the other bugs doing?
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Biodiversity

LED streetlights decimating moth numbers in England

"Eco-friendly" LED streetlights produce even worse light pollution for insects than the traditional sodium bulbs they are replacing, a study has found.

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Biodiversity

Dung beetles lose their way as lit up skies drown out their compasses

Across parts of South Africa the sight of the Milky Way splashed across the heavens has become a thing of the past, and for some insects this is a problem.

Climate

How climate crisis made my British butterfly hunt a race against time

The naturalist Stephen Moss finally achieved his aim to see all 61 of the UK's butterfly species. But those that thrive on the margins could vanish as temperatures rise.

Climate

What happens when all the bugs die?

Bee ecologist Dave Goulson imagines a world without creeping things.
Toxics

Caffeine may help bumblebees pollinate more effectively, study shows

The caffeine in the morning coffee that primes many humans for the day appears to inject bumblebees with a similar dose of purpose, helping them pollinate more effectively, a study has found.

Toxics

The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them’

Insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they perform.

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Climate

Climate crisis causing male dragonflies to lose wing ‘bling’, study finds

Male dragonflies are losing the "bling" wing decorations that they use to entice the females as climates get hotter, according to new research.

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Biodiversity

Fish and poultry try a new sustainable diet of larvae and insects

In Poland, larvae and insects are used as a source of protein on fish and poultry farms. Organic waste is used to grow these larvae, thus contributing to the circular economy.

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Toxics

Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers

Countrywide scheme is flourishing after being set up to reverse a 75% decline in insect populations.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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