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Fossils show life on Earth four billion years ago

An international team of scientists has discovered what they say appear to be fossils of bacteria from nearly four billion years ago. It’s far earlier than organic life was thought to have evolved on Earth. The discovery was made along a remote seashore in northeastern Canada. Al Jazeera’s Daniel Lak reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us …

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Lebanon launches campaign to save the Cedar tree

A planting campaign has begun in Lebanon to try to save the oldest trees in recorded human history. Cedars have been around for thousands of years but have been steadily chopped away during years of deforestation. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from the Bekaa Valley. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us …

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“Coexistence between humans and wolves” – Peter Egardt from Sweden’s Wolf Enquiry

On August 23 this year I presented the report of the Wolf Inquiry to the Swedish Government. I was appointed Special Enquirer and Chairman of the Wolf Committee one and a half years ago. Assisting me as experts in the committee have been leading representatives from organizations like Swedish Predatory Animal Association, Swedish Hunters´ Association, Swedish National Sami Association, Swedish …

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Planning the African Cities of the Future – Vanessa Watson

Africa and Asia are currently the world’s fastest urbanizing continents. Predictions are that Africa’s urban population will double over the next 20 years and triple over the next 40, although this is highly variable across the continent. Some 43% of the urban population lives below the poverty line, 62% live in slums and 60% of jobs are informal. African city …

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Marine Life Moving Towards the Poles

The giant rock barnacle is spreading down the east coast of Tasmania as sea temperatures increase. (Image: Elvira Poloczanska)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has led a three-year international study into the effects of climate change, finding that marine species are moving closer to the poles at a rate of 72km every 10 years. Marine ecologists Elvira Poloczanska and Anthony Richardson led the literature review with a team of 19 researchers from Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Europe …

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Animal Welfare Groups Welcome Michinoku Farms Whale Meat Decision

Environmentalists and animal welfare groups have welcomed the decision of Michinoku Farms to withdraw pet foods made from the meat of endangered whales. The Animal Welfare Institute, Environmental Investigation Agency, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network protested the Icelandic whale fin “jerky” being sold as a pet snack through the Japanese firm. …

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