House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository photo essay

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Photographer Matthew Staver and writer Oliver Milman visited the US National Wildlife Property Repository, where illegal wildlife products, from stuffed tigers to worked ivory, are stored and counted If the US had a national house of horrors, it would probably be the federal government compound that lies on the fringes of Denver, Colorado, incongruously set […]

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Hot dogs: rising heat makes it too hot for Africas wild dogs to hunt

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The endangered wild dogs are well adapted to high temperatures but a warming world means pup survival is plummeting, study shows Rising temperatures are making it too hot for African wild dogs to hunt and the number of their pups that survive is plummeting, according to a new study. The research is among the first […]

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Third-hottest June puts 2017 on track to make hat-trick of hottest years

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June 2017 was beaten only by June in 2015 and 2016, leaving experts with little hope for limiting warming to 1.5C or even 2C Last month was the third-hottest June on record globally, temperature data suggest, confirming 2017 will almost certainly make a hat-trick of annual climate records, with 2015, 2016 and 2017 being the […]

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MH370 search maps shed light on remote depths of Indian Ocean

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Australian team failed to find missing Malaysia Airlines plane but images show ocean floors mountains, rift valleys and shipwrecks in unprecedented detail Detailed ocean-floor maps made during the one of the worlds greatest aviation mysteries. However, information gathered during painstaking surveys of some 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq miles) of the remote waters west of […]

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New Zealand: fight for ‘sacred mountain’ after discovery of significant gold seam

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Fears for Karangahake Gorge after mining company find 8,500kg of high quality gold in the North Island conservation area A bitter stand-off between a local community and miners has emerged after a significant seam of gold was found on protected conservation land in New Zealands North Island. Last week New Talisman Gold Mines reported they […]

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In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining threatens a tribe’s survival

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The Havasupai are attempting to fight back against the operation of a uranium mine that they say could contaminate their sole water source Ed Tilousi knelt down next to the crystal-clear turquoise creek. The only sounds were the gurgling of the current and the sawing of cicadas in a pecan nut tree as the hot […]

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Romania hits Canadian firm with $9m ‘retaliatory’ tax bill over gold mine

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Move comes after Gabriel Resources sues government for $4.4bn over failed bid to establish goldmine in Apuseni mountains Romania has served a Canadian mining company with a $8.6m back taxes bill days after the company filed a $4.4bn compensation claim over a stalled project in the country. Gabriel Resources tried for more than 18 years […]

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Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

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Next best actions are selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian, according to study into true impacts of different green lifestyle choices The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon […]

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How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous

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The long read: Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth? Last month Climate change is the defining political issue of our times and not simply because of the risks we […]

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