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Thousands try to flee as Hurricane Dorian rips through the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian swept through the islands earlier this week, leveling some neighborhoods, swallowing others with storm surge, and causing what one official described as a “staggering” number of deaths. WT24 Desk Hundreds of people fled the Bahamas island of Great Abaco by boat and plane on Friday and thousands more lined up to get on a cruise ship leaving neighboring ...

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Phosphate fertiliser ‘crisis’ threatens world food supply

Use of essential rock phosphate has soared, but scientists fear it could run out within a few decades WT24 Desk The world faces an “imminent crisis” in the supply of phosphate, a critical fertiliser that underpins the world’s food supply, scientists have warned, The Guardian reports. Phosphate is an essential mineral for all life on Earth and is added to ...

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Climate emergency to blame for heather crisis – National Trust

Trust says hillsides turning from purple to brown after loss of 75% of plant on some slopes WT24 Desk Hillsides across Britain have turned from glorious purple to muddy brown because of a worrying loss of heather, conservationists have warned, The Guardian reports. The National Trust has flagged up that 75% of the plant has been lost or is struggling on ...

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Global food producers ‘failing to face up to role’ in climate crisis

Report urges meat, dairy and seafood companies to address impact of industry’s deforestation, use of antibiotics and emissions WT24 Desk The world’s biggest producers of meat, dairy and seafood are failing to tackle the enormous impact they are having on the planet through deforestation, the routine use of antibiotics and greenhouse gas emissions, a report warns, The Guardian reports. The Coller ...

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‘They eat everything in their path’: Spain’s shellfish farmers turn on starfish

Galicia has agreed to a cull of the creatures, which are turning up in unusually large numbers and feasting on the region’s key export WT24 Desk Galicia, in north-west Spain, has declared war on an apparently inoffensive creature that is putting livelihoods under threat, The Guardian reports. The region’s shellfish farmers say that an unusually large population of starfish has begun ...

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Manchester Extinction Rebellion activists glue themselves to banks

Barclays and HSBC targeted on final day of protests against fossil fuel investments WT24 Desk Environmental protesters have glued themselves to banks in Manchester to protest against fossil fuel investments on the final day of Extinction Rebellion’s action in the city, The Guardian reports. Nine activists stuck themselves to the pavement outside Barclays in Piccadilly Square, with a further two following ...

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Hurricane Dorian strengthens to ‘catastrophic’ category 5 storm

Bahamas residents board up buildings and take to sheltersUS coastal states seem set for high winds and flooding WT24 Desk Hurricane Dorian beefed up into a “catastrophic” category 5 storm on Sunday, as it began pounding the northernmost islands of the Bahamas. In the US, new uncertainty over its path reignited fears of a landfall on the American mainland. Officials warned ...

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World’s fastest shark added to list of vulnerable species to regulate trade

A record number of countries voted to restrict fishing of mako sharks in an effort to protect the endangered species WT24 Desk A record number of countries have voted to protect the world’s fastest shark from extinction in a move welcomed by conservationists as a “wake up call” for fishing nations who have ignored the endangered species’ decline, The Guardian ...

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Florida prepares for an ‘absolute monster’: Hurricane Dorian

The National Hurricane Center said the Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of 130 mph (209 kph) and slam into the U.S. on Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia — a 500-mile (805-kilometer) stretch that reflected the high degree of uncertainty this far out. WT24 Desk Unsure where ...

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87 bird crime incidents last year and just one conviction, says RSPB

True scale of persecution of birds of prey such as buzzards and owls is likely to be higher WT24 Desk Birds of prey were shot, poisoned, trapped or illegally killed in 87 confirmed incidents in 2018 that led to just one successful conviction, according to the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report, The Guardian reports. This persecution of raptors including peregrines, buzzards, red ...

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