Raccoons solve an ancient puzzle, but do they really understand it?

Raccoons solve an ancient puzzle, but do they really understand it?

Scientists have been using an ancient Greek fable written by Aesop as inspiration to test whether birds and small children understand cause and effect relationships.

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Government makes hurting your pets punishable by up to five years in jail

Government makes hurting your pets punishable by up to five years in jail

People who abuse animals will now face up to five years in prison under a tough new crackdown. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the increase in the present six-month sentence was needed to combat cruelty. The move comes after a series of cases in which courts said they would have liked to impose tougher sentences if they had the option.

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Trump pouring gasoline on climate change fire

Trump pouring gasoline on climate change fire

It’s always risky to predict historical judgments. Truman fares better than people at the time might have predicted. But most predicted right on Washington and Lincoln. And Buchanan. The Trump presidency has only had seven months. We already know that it will be judged as one of the worst – we just don’t know how much worse it will get. Perhaps Trump will remove himself, or be removed by a brave Republican Congress. If that would happen soon, the damage could be mitigated.

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Monster-sized goldfish are taking over an Alberta city that now has to cull them by the thousands

Monster-sized goldfish are taking over an Alberta city that now has to cull them by the thousands

Workers have dipped nets and a naturally occurring chemical into a storm water retention pond near Edmonton in a bid to kill thousands of unwanted goldfish that have made the water body home. Officials say the aquatic invaders are the result of goldfish reproducing after people released their unwanted pets into the wild or flushed them down the toilet.

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Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that highlights the urgent need to protect and restore the Amazon and similar regions. Researchers found that forest areas in South America, Africa and Asia – which have until recently played a key role in absorbing greenhouse gases – are now releasing 425 teragrams of carbon annually, which is more than all the traffic in the United States.

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E.P.A. Threatens to Stop Funding Justice Dept. Environmental Work

E.P.A. Threatens to Stop Funding Justice Dept. Environmental Work

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator who has aggressively pushed to dismantle regulations and downsize the organization, is threatening to reach outside his agency and undermine the Justice Department’s work enforcing antipollution laws, documents and interviews show.

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‘The last place on Earth’: how Sumatra’s rainforest is being cleared for palm oil

'The last place on Earth': how Sumatra's rainforest is being cleared for palm oil

A palm oil company is continuing to clear forest in a fast-diminishing elephant habitat in Indonesia’s Leuser ecosystem despite being the subject of two reports into illegal deforestation, according to a prominent environmental organisation.

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Indonesian official: More than 120,000 flee Bali volcano

Indonesian official: More than 120,000 flee Bali volcano

More than 130,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt, an official said Thursday. The disaster mitigation agency's command post in Bali said the number of evacuees has swelled to about 134,200. The figure is more than double the estimated population within an immediate danger zone but people further away are leaving too.

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