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Pitcher plant in France eats bee-killing Asian hornets

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Pitcher plant in France eats bee-killing Asian hornets BBC Europe Bee-killing Asian hornets spreading across Europe now face a natural enemy that lures them to destruction – a carnivorous North American plant, French experts say. The head of a botanical garden in Nantes, western France, says the pitcher plant Sarracenia … Continue reading

Bangladesh police kill six alleged tiger poachers

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Bangladesh police kill six alleged tiger poachers From BBC Asia Six suspected tiger poachers have been shot dead in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police at a hideout in the world’s largest mangrove forest. Police seized three tiger pelts which they said were from animals that appeared to be freshly killed. … Continue reading

Polar bears fail to adapt to lack of food in warmer Arctic

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  Polar bears fail to adapt to lack of food in warmer Arctic By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Polar bears are unable to adapt their behaviour to cope with the food losses associated with warmer summers in the Arctic. Scientists had believed that the animals would enter a … Continue reading

Watch This Ex-Circus Lion Feel Grass For The First Time

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  Watch This Ex-Circus Lion Feel Grass For The First Time by Morenike Adebayo iflscience.com Let’s face it – we’re all looking forward to retirement and crossing off a lot of firsts from that mounting to-do list. For one lucky ex-circus lion, this meant for the first time feeling grass … Continue reading

Terrifying ‘dementor’ wasp species named for evil spirits from Harry Potter

  Terrifying ‘dementor’ wasp species named for evil spirits from Harry Potter From Treehugger.com By Margaret Badore (@mbadore) Science / Natural Sciences A species of wasp discovered in Thailand has been named for evil spirits invented by J. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter books. In the series, Dementors are … Continue reading

Scientists probe mysterious wave of antelope deaths

Scientists probe mysterious wave of antelope deaths By Rory Galloway BBC Science writer Around half of the world’s critically endangered Saiga antelope have died suddenly in Kazakhstan since 10 May. An unknown environmental trigger is thought to have caused two types of normally benign bacteria found in the antelopes’ gut … Continue reading

Anti Poaching CSI

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   Anti Poaching CSI   Kenya opens anti-poaching forensic laboratory From the BBC The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has opened a forensic laboratory to boost the fight against poaching. The information gathered should help in prosecuting suspected poachers as cases can collapse because of weak evidence. The laboratory will build … Continue reading

$7 million could save Madagascar’s lemurs

$7 million could save Madagascar’s lemurs Jeremy Hance mongabay.com Last year, scientists released an emergency three-year plan that they argued could, quite literally, save the world’s lemurs from mass extinction. Costing just $7.6 million, the plan focused on setting up better protections and conservation programs in 30 lemur hotspots. However, … Continue reading

Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

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From the BBC Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge US President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska’s national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area. This would halt the possibility of fossil fuel exploration in the refuge’s potentially oil-rich coastal plain. The proposal drew an angry … Continue reading

Japan: Feral cat adoption planned to save seabirds

  News from Elsewhere… … media reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring Japan: Feral cat adoption planned to save seabirds Cat lovers are being asked to help save seabirds in Japan by giving new homes to feral kittens, it’s reported. About 90% of the streaked shearwater seabird … Continue reading

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