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Great Barrier Reef: One million tonnes of sludge to be dumped

[ad_1] Image copyright EyesWideOpen/Getty Images Image caption The Great Barrier Reef in 2015 Australia plans to dump one million tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef.Despite strict laws on dumping waste, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) gave the go-ahead.A loophole was found - the laws don't apply to materials generated from port maintenance work.It comes one week after flood water from Queensland spread into the reef,
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Virgin’s Unity plane rockets skyward

[ad_1] Image copyright Virgin Galactic Image caption Unity touches down after its successful flight Virgin Galactic has pushed its rocket plane, Unity, to the edge of space again, reaching almost 90km in altitude.Chief pilot, Scotsman Dave Mackay, and co-pilot, American Mike Masucci, took the vehicle high above California's Mojave Desert before gliding back down.The test flight edges Virgin ever closer to its goal of introducing commercial passenger flights.More than 700
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Botswana mulls lifting elephant hunting ban

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Botswana is home to a third of Africa's elephants A report by cabinet ministers in Botswana has recommended lifting a four-year hunting ban and the introduction of elephant culling.After months of public meetings and consultations, the report by ministers also recommends the "establishment of elephant meat canning" for pet food.The number of elephants in Botswana is estimated to be about 130,000, which some
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The students recycling clothes for London Fashion Week

[ad_1] Image caption Could Marcus Rudd swap a love of high-priced fashion for vintage and charity shop clothes? After a damning report from MPs on the clothing industry's environmental credentials, how can we make our wardrobe more sustainable? Two students took up the challenge of repairing, reusing and recycling clothes for a London Fashion Week show.It's mid-afternoon, and Loughborough University student Marcus Rudd is going through his wardrobe, piece by
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UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The plants, animals, crops and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study.If these critical species are lost, the report says, it "places the future of our food system under severe threat".The study says that land use changes, pollution, and climate change are all causing biodiversity loss.While species friendly policies are increasing, they are not growing quickly
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How human food is changing wildlife

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Image caption Searching for a snack: 'Human food' can make up as much as 30% of a black bear's diet If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal.But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat more "human food", which is shifting their behaviour and biology. A study in the
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World’s biggest bee found alive

[ad_1] Image copyright Clay Bolt Image caption A single female Wallace's giant bee was found The world's biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science.The giant bee - which is as long as an adult's thumb - was found on a little-explored Indonesian island.After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed.Known as Wallace's giant bee, the insect is named
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Teeny T. rex relative discovered in US

[ad_1] Image copyright Jorge Gonzalez / Lindsay Zanno Image caption Artwork: Tyrannosaurs were generally small early on in their evolution A newly discovered relative of Tyrannosaurus rex stood just over a metre tall at the hip, a study shows.The diminutive tyrannosaur reveals crucial new information about how T. rex established itself as a dominant carnivore in North America.Early in their evolution, tyrannosaurs were small, but at some stage, the hulking