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Vet says badger culls caused ‘immense pain’

Vet says badger culls caused ‘immense pain’

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Up to 9,000 of badgers are likely to have suffered "immense pain" in culls to control cattle TB, according to a former government adviser.Prof Ranald Munro is the ex-Chair of an independent expert group appointed by the government to assess its trials.He has written to Natural England to say that the policy is causing "huge suffering".He adds that the culls are not reducing TB in cattle and in one area the incidence of the disease has gone up.The culls began in 2012 following appeals from cattle farmers whose livelihoods are continuing to be damaged by the spread of TB. Prof Munro's independent expert group found that up 23% of badgers took more than five minutes to die after they were shot. These figures prompted the group to conclude that the culls were...
French heatwaves caused an extra 1,500 deaths, officials say

French heatwaves caused an extra 1,500 deaths, officials say

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Two heatwaves that engulfed France over the summer led to an additional 1,500 deaths, the country's health minister has confirmed.Speaking to France Inter radio on Sunday, Agnes Buzyn said preventative measures meant there was a drastically lower number of deaths in comparison to a heatwave in 2003 that killed 15,000 people. Ms Buzyn said: "The 2003 heatwave lasted 20 days. We had 18 days in two waves and we managed to cut mortality by a factor of 10 thanks to preventative measures."According to the health ministry, there were 1,465 more deaths than usual: 567 during the first heatwave in June, and 868 during the second heatwave in July.The average number of deaths reported increased by 9.1% over the period, with more than half aged over 75. ...
Wind shifts caused by human-induced global warming cause of West Antarctic’s melting ice

Wind shifts caused by human-induced global warming cause of West Antarctic’s melting ice

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Human-caused climate change has triggered wind shifts in Antarctica, according to a new study, driving accelerated melting across the continent's west coast. The research -- published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience -- is the first to draw a direct link between human-induced global warming and Western Antarctica's rapidly melting glaciers. Scientists have previously shown that influxes of warm coastal water are driving the loss of ice among Western Antarctica's largest glaciers. Previous research has also shown that variable wind patterns dictate the movement of warm and cold water masses. For the latest study, scientists used satellite observations and climate model simulations to analyze how these wind patterns have changed since 1920. The data showed the wi...
Arctic wildfires: What’s caused huge swathes of flames to spread?

Arctic wildfires: What’s caused huge swathes of flames to spread?

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with areas of northern Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames. Lightning frequently triggers fires in the region but this year they have been worsened by summer temperatures that are higher than average because of climate change.Plumes of smoke from the fires can be seen from space. Mark Parrington, a wildfires expert at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (Cams), described them as "unprecedented".How bad is it? There are hundreds of fires covering mostly uninhabited regions across eastern Russia, northern Scandinavia, Greenland and Alaska. ...