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Microplastics found in every human semen sample tested in study
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Microplastics found in every human semen sample tested in study

Chinese scientists say further research on potential harm to reproduction from contamination is ‘imperative’. Microplastic pollution has been found in all human semen samples tested in a study, and researchers say further research on the potential harm to reproduction is “imperative”. Sperm counts in men have been falling for decades and 40% of low counts remain unexplained,...

Up to 5m of beach are disappearing from this Spanish coast every year: Is climate change to blame?
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Up to 5m of beach are disappearing from this Spanish coast every year: Is climate change to blame?

Human activity from construction along the coast between Torremolinos and Málaga laid the groundwork for this erosion to occur. Construction and climate change are eating away at one stretch of the Spanish coast at an alarming rate. Between 2016 and 2022, the Arraijanal-San Julián coast between Torremolinos and Málaga receded up to 45 metres. The...

Cape Verde bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change
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Cape Verde bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change

Cabo Verde, an archipelago of ten islands, nine of which are inhabited, is a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in West Africa. It is increasingly bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change. In 2018, a severe drought hit the country where approximately one-quarter of the population relies on agriculture for their main income....

Mapping malaria in Africa: climate change study predicts where mosquitoes will breed in future
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Mapping malaria in Africa: climate change study predicts where mosquitoes will breed in future

The relationship between climate and malaria transmission is complex and has been the subject of intense study for some three decades. Mosquito vector populations sufficient to maintain malaria transmission occur within a particular range of temperatures and humidity that are suitable for their survival and breeding. The parasite also needs suitable temperatures to complete its mosquito life stages. And...

Climate change threatens Africa’s rhinos
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Climate change threatens Africa’s rhinos

Climate change threatens Africa’s rhinos. Extreme heat, poaching, and habitat loss are pushing the animals closer to extinction. In the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, few animals are as instantly recognizable as the rhinoceros. But both black and white rhinos have been under intense pressure from poaching and habitat loss, which have pushed these species close...

Scientists Urge Action Over Life-Threatening Pollution From Solar Power Waste In Africa
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Scientists Urge Action Over Life-Threatening Pollution From Solar Power Waste In Africa

Scientists Urge Action Over Life-Threatening Pollution From Solar Power Waste In Africa. Researchers from The University of Manchester investigating waste management practices for off-grid solar technologies in Malawi have discovered life-threatening quantities of lead pollution from improperly managed battery waste. Common informal recycling activities for lead-acid batteries used in solar energy systems were recorded to...

Cockroach infestations are up by a third in Spain: Is climate change to blame?
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Cockroach infestations are up by a third in Spain: Is climate change to blame?

Cockroach infestations are up by a third in Spain: Is climate change to blame? Rising temperatures across Spain are thought to be responsible for growing numbers of insecticide-resistant Germanic cockroaches. Climate change could be causing a concerning uptick in the number of cockroach infestations in Spain – as well as alterations to their genetic makeup....

Extreme drought in southern Africa triggers hunger crisis for millions
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Extreme drought in southern Africa triggers hunger crisis for millions

Southern Africa is on the brink of a hunger crisis after an historic drought decimated crops during the peak October to March farming season – one year after the region was pummelled by tropical storms.  Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe declared national disasters within weeks of each other after insufficient rains wiped out crops including the...