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Rising global temperatures to cause insect crop losses, food shortages: Study

Rising global temperatures to cause insect crop losses, food shortages: Study

Technology
Rising global temperatures are leading to a boom in the number of insects devouring crops worldwide, and could cause future food shortages, says a study published last week in the journal Science. According to researchers, the global yield losses of wheat, maize and rice crops to pests, particularly in the temperate northern regions of the globe, are projected to increase by 10 to 25 percent per degree Celsius increase of global mean surface warming. "The impact of insects because of climate change could be at least as great and perhaps greater than the impact of climate on crop itself directly," Josh Tewksbury, a research professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and one of the authors of the study, told ABC News. "The major finding is that we're underestimating the degree to w...
Catherine Tyldesley raises temperatures in daringly low-cut swimsuit

Catherine Tyldesley raises temperatures in daringly low-cut swimsuit

Entertainment
The actress retired the role of Coronation Street's Eva Price earlier this year, marking the end of her seven-year stint on the ITV soap.While she's promised she'll return to the small screen, the 34-year-old has been keeping in touch with her loyal fans via her Catherine Tyldesley Instagram.Taking to her profile, the blonde shared a sun-soaked throwback snap from a trip to Miami, Florida, with her male best pal.Flying the flag for Britain overseas, Catherine looked every inch the English rose as she showed off her toned figure in a plunging, black swimsuit. Related Articles Daring to bare in the risqué neckline, the mum-of-one wrap her lower body in a polka dot sarong.Rocking a large sun hat and sunglasses, the Manchester native flashed a winning grin t...
Efforts to geoengineer cooler temperatures could depress crop yields

Efforts to geoengineer cooler temperatures could depress crop yields

Science
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Geoengineering projects large enough to cool global temperatures would have significant unintended consequences on crop growth, new research suggests. Some researchers have proposed cloud seeding and other geoengineering efforts designed to reflect sunlight and cool Earth. While cooler temperatures would protect crops from heat damage, the reduction in sunlight would inhibit growth. Predicting the impacts of large-scale geoengineering efforts isn't easy. Without actually carrying out cloud seeding experiments, it's hard to anticipate the magnitude of the impacts on Earth's climate. However, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, realized Earth's volcanic past could provide clues. "The problem in figuring out the consequences of solar geoengineering is that...
Arctic wild goose chase threatens chicks as temperatures rise

Arctic wild goose chase threatens chicks as temperatures rise

Science
Rising temperatures in the Arctic are encouraging Barnacle geese to speed up their migration journeys north every spring, says a new study.But their efforts to go faster are leaving them too drained to lay their eggs early when they arrive. This is bad news for the species as their chicks are hatched too late to take advantage of the best food, so fewer are surviving. The scientists involved say the birds will have to adapt and migrate earlier. Every spring these geese set out from their temperate wintering grounds in the North Sea, often stopping off in the Baltic to rest on their way to their breeding areas in the Russian Arctic.Goose bumpsHowever climate change is seeing spring arrive earlier in the Arctic, something the geese are blissfully unaware of...
Melanie Sykes, 47, sends temperatures soaring in teeny bikini

Melanie Sykes, 47, sends temperatures soaring in teeny bikini

Entertainment
Gaining sex symbol status following her famous Boddingtons advert in 1997, 21 years on, Melanie Sykes is still every inch the stunning star.The Blind Date voiceover presenter always manages to wow on the official Melanie Sykes Instagram page.Whether it’s laid-bare gym selfies, or sultry swimwear snaps, Mel never fails to impress.And her latest bikini pic sent fans into a frenzy. INSTAGRAM/ MELANIE SYKES TEENY BIKINI: Melanie Sykes puts on eye-popping display INSTAGRAM/ MELANIE SYKES GYM BUNNY: Melanie Sykes shows off natural beauty “Amazing abs” Instagram user Enjoying the summer...