Global Wildlife Populations Fall by 58% in 40 Years

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58 per cent over the past 40 years, according to a report by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF. The worrying research has concluded that if the trends continues the decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020, with animals living in lakes, rivers and wetlands suffering the biggest losses. It found that for freshwater species alone, the decline stands at 81 per cent since 1970. Human activity is chiefly to blame, causing habitat...

Rise in shark attacks due to global warming and increased tourism, says report

The sharp rise in global shark attacks on humans are linked to global warming, tourism and new building projects in coastal regions. It appears that the water is more dangerous to enter in certain areas of the world, and sadly humans are to blame. It appears that humans are increasingly entering into the sharks natural habitat and that is leading to these attacks, which can easily be fatal. Warmer seas, due to global warming, allow sharks to increase their population...

Scientists Accidentally Discover Process to Remove Large Amounts of CO2 From the Atmosphere

Scientists in America may have accidentally discovered an efficient process to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have fallen upon a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. The findings, which have been published in the journal ChemistrySelect, were made when the team were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful...

Almost half of UK residents live in sub-standard homes, says Housing charity

It is widely accepted that there is a housing crisis in the UK, whether you can’t afford to get on the property ladder, apply for a mortgage, live in poor local authority properties or paying sky-high rents for poor quality dwellings. It seems that everyone you speak to has a serious issue with the home they live in. Now a survey by Shelter has discovered that almost half of us (43 per cent) live in homes of poor quality. The...

Slum landlord caught cramming 18 people into flat on same street Churchill died

A dodgy landlord has been slapped with a huge fine after he was found cramming 18 people into a flat, which was dangerous to live in. This area of London usually hosts the super-rich, living in lavish luxury, but not at this particular address. Abbas Rasul,64 was making a staggering £15k a month letting out the dwelling, which is in a Grade II listed building in uber-pricey Kensington, West London. Properties can be sold for tens of millions and attract...

Frack off! Brits turn their backs on controversial shale gas extraction

The Government has just overturned a council decision and will allow fracking in Lancashire, regardless of the concerns of the public, and local officials who are against the controversial process. The decision has led to some people saying it signals an attack on local democracy by central government. There are also plans for another site in Doncaster with the decision expected next month. Now a YouGov poll has indicated that support for the energy extraction process is at only 37.3%,...

Wow! Skydiver takes mind-blowing pics as he flew over a rainbow

This isn’t something you see everyday, a daredevil skydiver was able to take pictures as he flew over an entire rainbow. As if that wasn’t exciting enough it was also his FIRST skydive, as he drifted over a circular rainbow in the Bay of Islands at the sub-tropical north of New Zealand on Oct 3rd. 29-year-old, Anthony Kileen has been backpacking since 2011 when he left the UK for a journey of a lifetime, and he says the 16,000 daring...

Attacks against LGBT people up 147% post-Brexit

More worrying news has emerged in post-Brexit Britain, with a 147 per cent rise in homophobic attacks in the UK in the three months since the UK voted to leave the EU. There have already been reports of a rise in racist attacks, but the rise in attacks on the LGBT community is an unexpected development. Many people will believe that the EU vote has unleashed a dark side of some people in the UK, and a rejection of liberal...

Cities Reducing Carbon Capture in Trees by an Eighth

Warmer cities could be fuelling climate change by stunting the growth of trees and increasing pests. Replanting tress are often cited as one answer in trying to capture carbon, but new research has found that cities are are reducing the tree's carbon capture capacity by an eighth, because the hotter the urban environment becomes, the more trees become infected with pests which reduces the growth of branches. And even if the trees are pest-free, they still have slower growth and smaller trunks. In the...

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