Plant Diversity Increases Insect Diversity Plant Diversity Increases Insect Diversity Future of 19 million children in Bangladesh at risk: UNICEF Floodplain forests under threat Climate change limits forest recovery after wildfires Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole How climate change is pushing Central American migrants to the US Researchers tap rare pristine air to reveal pollution’s impact Canada warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, report says Climate change: Warning from ‘Antarctica’s last forests’
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Amphibian Apocalypse: Skin Fungus Kills 100 Frog Species, Global Biodiversity Loss Continues

A killer skin fungus that caused the death of frogs has now been found out to be responsible for damaging biodiversity around the world. Dubbed as the fungus that caused an amphibian apocalypse, this pathogen has affected more living beings than any other disease ever recorded. It has displaced cats and rodents and is the […]

Experts Baffled by Rise of Mysterious Polio-Like Disease in Children

Health officials are alarmed by growing waves of a paralyzing illness in children. So far the disease has only affected a few hundred children in the United States, but the exact cause and best treatment for this disease remain unknown. Known as acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, this rare illness can sometimes cause respiratory failure […]

Biophysicists use machine learning to understand, predict dynamics of worm behavior

Biophysicists have used an automated method to model a living system — the dynamics of a worm perceiving and escaping pain. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)published the results, which worked with data from experiments on the C. elegans roundworm. "Our method is one of the first to use machine-learning tools on experimental data to […]

Surma choked with garbage

Although the local office of the Department of Environment claims that indicators regarding the river's health were acceptable, people living by it are saying that the water is so polluted that some are suffering from skin and stomach diseases. More than 7.5km of the river flows through Sylhet metropolitan areas. During a recent visit, this […]

What are we doing to save our water sources?

Various reports on the occasion of World Water Day, observed on March 22, have brought the terrible foreboding of a scenario in which we will literally run out of water. For Bangladesh, the urgency of conserving our water bodies could not be more critical. Dhaka, for instance, is practically losing all its rivers—Buriganga, Sitalakhya, Balu […]

The ‘burden of disease’ in those who recover from addiction

Recent research shows that more than one-third of people who are recovering from addiction continue to experience chronic physical disease. Excessive use of alcohol and drugs can lead to mental and physical health issues, some of which include anxiety, depression, diabetes, liver disease, and heart disease. Many of these conditions may improve after recovery, but some may linger and […]

Study reveals how much fiber we should eat to prevent disease

A new meta-analysis examines 40 years' worth of research in an attempt to find out the ideal amount of fiber that we should consume to prevent chronic disease and premature mortality. Researchers and public health organizations have long hailed the benefits of eating fiber, but how much fiber should we consume, exactly? This question has […]

EU bans UK’s most-used pesticide over health and environment fears

One of the world’s most common pesticides will soon be banned by the European Union after safety officials reported human health and environmental concerns. Chlorothalonil, a fungicide that prevents mildew and mould on crops, is the most used pesticide in the UK, applied to millions of hectares of fields, and is the most popular fungicide in the […]

Insect decline will cause serious ecological harm

Attention has recently been focused on the health of wild nature, first by a report suggesting that diverse UK insect populations are declining at alarming rates (Report, 11 February), and now by one showing pollinators are in trouble (Bees and hoverflies lost from a quarter of British sites, major study finds, 27 March). While headlines […]

Experts: Bangladesh’s forest coverage under 10%

The total forest coverage in Bangladesh has shrunk to less than 10%, experts said at a workshop in Chittagong on Friday. “A country should have at least 25% forest coverage to meet the ecological balance, but the total area of forestland in Bangladesh has come down to 7-9%,” said Dipak Chakraborty, director of Local Government, […]

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