Science 

Global insect decline may see ‘plague of pests’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many species of butterfly are in retreat according to the review A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing “dramatic rates of decline” around the world. The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles. But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely to boom. The general insect decline is being caused by intensive agriculture, pesticides and climate change. Insects make up the majority of…

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World Cup 2018: Flies plague England’s build-up in Volgograd

BBC Sports correspondent Natalie Pirks tackles insects in World Cup stadium Of all the problems England fans and players thought they would face in Russia, a plague of flies was not one of them. Gareth Southgate’s side face Tunisia in their opening World Cup game on Monday (19:00 BST) in the south west city of Volgograd. Swarms of the small flying insects have caused chaos for fans, locals and the media, while England players will be doused in fly repellent before taking to the pitch at the Volgograd Arena. “They…

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Hun migrations ‘linked to deadly Justinian Plague’

Image caption A mass burial of battle victims from the Xiongnu period in Mongolia. The Xiongnu warriors are linked to the nomadic people who would later become known as the Huns Scientists say one of the deadliest plagues in history may be linked to the migration westward of the Hun peoples. The Justinian Plague, which struck in 541 AD, may have killed as many as 25 million. Now, scientists say the outbreak probably originated in Asia, not Egypt as contemporary and more recent chroniclers had thought. The finding comes from…

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Berlin responds to crayfish plague: If you can’t beat them, eat them

BERLIN (Reuters) – North American crayfish that spilled en masse onto Berlin streets last summer will soon be appearing in the city’s restaurants after its government authorized fishermen to remove them from public ponds. FILE PHOTO: A red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) is hold by Charles Oliver Coleman, of the Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, after he fished it from a pond at Tiergarten park in Berlin, Germany, August 24, 2017. The invasive red swamp crawfish have been spotted scuttling around the paths of the Tiergarten park…

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