Category: Environment

East Africa fears second wave – of locust swarms

New swarms of desert locusts are threatening the livelihoods of millions of people in the Horn of Africa and Yemen despite a year of control efforts, the United Nations...

Kangaroos can ‘communicate’ with humans, study finds

Kangaroos are able to intentionally communicate with people and “ask for help”, a study has found. A study from the University of Sydney and the University...

First case of coronavirus detected in wild mink

The first known case of coronavirus in wild mink has been reported, leading to calls for widespread monitoring of wildlife. In an alert to the International Society for...

Little pygmy possum discovered on Kangaroo Island after fears bushfires had wiped them out

Bushfires destroyed almost half the bushland on Australia’s Kangaroo Island last summer, devastating animal habitats. Ecologists feared the island’s population of...

Mt Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height

The world’s highest mountain Mount Everest is 0.86m higher than had been previously officially calculated, Nepal and China have jointly announced. Until now the...

World’s biggest mammal migration under threat

Experts say near-threatened fruit bats, crucial for restoring forests in Africa, are in danger. The enormous colony – the largest mammal migration in the world,...

India builds bridge to help reptiles cross road

Forest officials have built a unique bridge for reptiles and other small animals to cross a busy highway in India’s mountainous Uttarakhand state. The 90-foot...

Brazil’s Amazon: Deforestation ‘surges to 12-year high’

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has surged to its highest level since 2008, the country’s space agency (Inpe) reports. A total of 11,088 sq km...

Kaavan; the world’s loneliest elephant, is finally going free

For decades, the world’s loneliest elephant has entertained crowds from his small, barren patch of land in a Pakistani zoo. And for years, it seemed that no one...

Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk ‘ghost pond’

A rare plant has reappeared after more than a century in hiding. The pinkish-flowered plant, known as grass-poly, was found growing on the banks of an old farmland pond...