“World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration”

The One Planet summit in Paris

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The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas exploration within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change.

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“Red list: thousands of species at risk of extinction due to human activity”

A northern brown kiwi in New Zealand

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Unsustainable farming, fishing and climate change has intensified the struggle for survival among vulnerable animals and crops, says IUCN at the release of its latest list of endangered species

“How Underwater Gardening Can Rewild The Atlantic Ocean”

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From the use of seaweed for bleaching linen, to Roman emperors eating oysters as aphrodisiacs, human culture along the North Atlantic coast has been integrally linked to the exploitation of the sea for centuries. But as populations have expanded and economies grown, people have impoverished the ocean.

“MIT researchers are making computers out of live bacteria”

MIT researchers created a technique for 3D printing live bacteria.

MIT researchers are making computers out of live bacteria

Researchers at MIT have created a new responsive material that can change along with its environment, using living cells that act like basic computers. The technique uses genetically engineered bacteria—fine-tuned to respond to various stimuli—that can be 3D-printed into any shape.

“Patagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments”

Patagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/363692-patagonia-files-suit-against-trump-cuts-to-utah-monuments

Outdoor recreation company Patagonia has sued to block President Trump’s cuts to Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

“A little poop goes a long way to help incubate life in Martian soil”

Earthworms are held up at the Mount Nelson Hotel's earthworm farm in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, March. 14, 2008. The earthworms are fed on kitchen waste from the hotel, which the worms process into fertilizer in their garden.

A little poop goes a long way to help incubate life in Martian soil

Using imitation Martian soil—dirt comprised of some of the same elements you would find on the red planetscientists at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands have been able to grow foods like tomatoes, radishes, and rye. They also separately attempted to grow arugula crops in the soil, and were surprised to find that not only did the bitter salad green grow, but earthworms seemed to thrive in it too, unexpectedly reproducing in the alien dirt.

“Replicating peregrine attack strategies could help down rogue drones”

Peregrine falcon

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-12-04-replicating-peregrine-attack-strategies-could-help-down-rogue-drones

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that peregrine falcons steer their attacks using the same control strategies as guided missiles.

“Controversial glyphosate weedkiller wins new five-year lease in Europe”

Protestors wearing masks depicting EU health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (L) and European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker (R) demonstrate against a five-year extension of the license for glyphosate in Brussels, 27 November.

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EU votes to reauthorise the pesticide, ending a bitterly fought battle that saw 1.3 million people sign a petition calling for a ban

“Electric cars already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel – study”

The Renault Zoe electric car

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The lower cost is a key factor driving the rapid rise in electric car sales now underway, say the researchers. At the moment the cost is partly because of government support, but electric cars are expected to become the cheapest option without subsidies in a few years.