Humans are ushering in the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, scientists warn

Humans are ushering in the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, scientists warn

'Extinction rates for birds, mammals and amphibians are similar to the five global mass-extinction events of the past 500 million years that probably resulted from meteorite impacts, massive volcanism and other cataclysmic forces'

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Why a river in Yorkshire ‘is world’s most dangerous stretch of water’

Why a river in Yorkshire 'is world's most dangerous stretch of water'

The River Wharfe in Yorkshire makes for a lovely spot for a picnic or walk, but it has a dark side – a stretch of water that it's claimed is the most dangerous in the world. It narrows at a point called the Strid, near Bolton Abbey, which is said to have a deadly combination of fast currents and underwater rocks.

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Horse died ‘agonising’ death after owner neglected him

Horse died 'agonising' death after owner neglected him

A man has been banned from keeping equines for life after his horse died an 'agonising' death. Simon Nall did not attend to his piebald colt horse named Storm for several months and pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable steps to prevent another person from causing unnecessary suffering.

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How a dog’s diet shapes its gut microbiome

How a dog's diet shapes its gut microbiome

Studies of the gut microbiome have gone to the dogs — and pets around the world could benefit as a result. In a new paper, researchers report that the ratio of proteins and carbohydrates in a canine's daily diet have a significant influence on the balance of microbes in its gut. Researchers observed that dogs fed a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet had enriched microbial gene networks associated with weight loss in humans.

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