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Berlin’s bumbling beekeepers leave swarms without homes

Inexperienced hobbyists force bees to search often in vain for suitable habitats across the city WT24 Desk Humans are not the only ones in Berlin struggling to find accommodation. A beekeeping boom has led to swarms of bees forming novel new hives using anything from motorbikes to balconies in the German capital, The Guardian reports. Germany’s beekeeping association has been ...

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Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC

UN report finds ecosystems never before under such threat and restoration is urgent WT24 Desk The climate crisis is damaging the ability of the land to sustain humanity, with cascading risks becoming increasingly severe as global temperatures rise, according to a landmark UN report compiled by some of the world’s top scientists, The Guardian reports. Global heating is increasing droughts, ...

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Stare seagulls out to save your snacks, researcher says

Giving marauding birds the eye makes them more wary of stealing food, study finds WT24 Desk They attack in a blur of white and grey. In an instant, a pleasant day at the beach is transformed into a Hitchcockian nightmare of screams, pecks and flapping wings. Before the victim knows what hit them, their sausage roll is no more, The ...

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Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world’s population, say experts

Qatar, Israel and Lebanon top list of places with worst shortages, as climate crisis threatens more ‘day zeroes’ WT24 Desk A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report reveals, The Guardian reports. Experts at the World Resources Institute ...

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Environmental activist murders double in 15 years

Death toll almost half that of US troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, data shows WT24 Desk Killings of environmental defenders have doubled over the past 15 years to reach levels usually associated with war zones, according to a study that reveals how murders of activists are concentrated in countries with the worst corruption and weakest laws, The ...

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Floods claim 108 lives this year

NDRCC reports WT24 Desk National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC) said floods triggered by heavy seasonal rains and onrush of water from upstream have claimed at least 108 lives across the country, Agencies report. The floods caused the deaths of 108 people in 16 districts and huge damage to habitation, crops, roads and highways across vast swathes of the country, ...

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We must transform food production to save the world, says leaked report

PM tells residents that Toddbrook reservoir looks ‘dodgy but stable’ WT24 Desk The prime minister has visited the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge, where at least a thousand residents were forced to flee their homes amid fears a dam could collapse, engulfing the community of 6,500 people, The Guardian reports. Boris Johnson met a number of families affected by the evacuation. ...

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Strong quake rattles Indonesia

Tsunami warning for parts of the country WT24 Desk Indonesian authorities urged coastal-dwellers to head for higher ground on Friday after a tsunami warning with potential for waves up to three metres (10 feet) following a powerful earthquake off the islands of Sumatra and Java, Reuters reports. The Indonesian geophysics agency issued the warning after the quake, which the US ...

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Just 10% of fossil fuel subsidy cash ‘could pay for green transition’

Redirecting small portion of subsidies would unleash clean energy revolution, says report WT24 Desk Switching just some of the huge subsidies supporting fossil fuels to renewables would unleash a runaway clean energy revolution, according to a new report, significantly cutting the carbon emissions that are driving the climate crisis, The Guardian reports. Coal, oil and gas get more than $370bn ...

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