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These macro images bring endangered insects to life

The Lord Howe Island stick insect might look more lobster than bug. Nicknamed the “land lobster,” this critter can grow up to seven inches long and gleams like polished obsidian among tree trunks and twigs, blending into the forest environment. For decades, Lord Howe Island, a small volcanic island just northeast of Sydney, Australia, was …

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The Mediterranean is at risk as the planet heats up – POLITICO

Alessio Satta is the coordinator of the MedWet coalition, the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative. Today, the Mediterranean Basin is a climate change hotspot. The region is warming 20 percent faster than the rest of the world, and 250 million of its people will be living under severe water stress by 2040. Meanwhile, the intensity and frequency …

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Introducing the Microsoft Climate Research Initiative

Addressing and mitigating the effects of climate change requires a collective effort, bringing our strengths to bear across industry, government, academia, and civil society. As we continue to explore the role of technology to advance the art of the possible, we are launching the Microsoft Climate Research Initiative (MCRI). This community of multi-disciplinary researchers is …

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‘Our only livelihood’: Zimbabwean fishing communities fear for future as stocks dwindle | global development

EITHERa stool on a fishing rig floating near the shore of Lake Kariba, a woman is furiously scraping off the scales from a fish. Eyes bloodshot after a night on the lake, created when the Zambezi River was dammed in the 1950s, Esnath Munkuli is not happy. More than a dozen of the pontoon boats …

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Game over? New language law puts Quebec’s video game industry at risk, insiders say

Remy was interviewing with a video game company when he asked the obvious question: would he need to learn French to work in Quebec? Remy wasn’t from the province and didn’t speak the language. The company, like many of the major players in Canada’s video game industry, was based in Quebec. “[So I asked]is that …

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The Wellington urban sanctuary helping to save endangered native birds like the kākā

In Wellington, no one had seen the native North Island kākā parrot for a very long time. Its distinctive rhythmic call and melodic whistles, once common in New Zealand’s capital, were gone as well. By the late 90s, urban development and introduced predators had decimated the population. “It was completely extinct from the region around …

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Plastic and toxic chemical acidification in the world’s oceans will devastate humanity in 25 years

The 300-meter MV Wakashio, a Japanese ship with a Panamanian flag, ran aground off the coast of Mauritius and started leaking oil into the Indian ocean. It has taken billions of years for phytoplankton and the nutrient processes they feed on have created life’s ability to flourish. As with climate change, humans have only taken …

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With Benioff backing, Sustainable Ocean Alliance aims to be the rising tide that lifts all ‘ecopreneurs’ – TechCrunch

For a few years now the Sustainable Ocean Alliance has been a stalwart advocate for the “blue economy,” and an incubator for ocean-focused early-stage startups. Now empowered by $15 million in new fundingthe nonprofit hopes to expand its scope and more tangibly support the class of climate-motivated founders they call “ecopreneurs.” The funding comes from …

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Nigeria’s latest lithium find: some key questions answered

Environmental impact assessments have to be made before any mining can start, says an expert High-grade lithium has been discovered inNigeria. In 2019 the total production volume of lithium, not high grade, in Nigeria reached 50 metric tons This is small compared to Zimbabwe which produced 1,200 metric tonnes the same year. The Conversation Africa’s …

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