Biodiverse urban green spaces strengthen human immune systems

An Australian research team has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits.

People are realizing how badly they need nature

Coronavirus is forcing people to reevaluate natural outdoor spaces for the first time in decades. Ideally, this pandemic experience will lead planners in urban areas to redesign for more natural green spaces.

Extinction of marine megafauna

Defined as the largest animals in the oceans, with a body mass that exceeds 45kg, examples include sharks, whales, seals and sea turtles - threatened marine megafauna, is facing extinction and we will face consequences.

Iceland recommends hugging trees instead of people

The Icelandic Forestry Service released a statement where it is encouraging people to cuddle up to a tree. It is highly recommended that people get outdoors during the pandemic.

Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils

Geologists have discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most animals today, including humans. The wormlike creature, Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest bilaterian.

Children need an hour of nature time each day

A recent study shows that children should spend at least one hour playing and spending time in nature each day. Like that they demonstrate a remarkable increase in personal wellbeing and health.

New whale species discovered along the coast of Hokkaido

A new beaked whale species Berardius minimus, which has been long postulated by local whalers in Hokkaido, Japan, has been confirmed.

Prada to stop using fur from next year

The Italian fashion house will no longer use fur from next year, joining the list of fur-free brands.

Green Spaces as Kids; Better Mental Health Later

Children who grow up with greener surroundings have up to 55 percent less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. This is shown by a new study emphasizing the need for designing green and healthy cities for the future.

China and India help make planet leafier

China and India, two of the world's biggest polluters, are making it leafier - for now, a report says. The greening effect stems mainly from ambitious tree-planting in China and intensive farming in both countries.

Bees can do basic arithmetic

The revelation that even the miniature brain of a honeybee can grasp basic mathematical operations has implications for the future development of AI.

Foie gras ban made official in California, U.S.

Foie gras, a traditional French delicacy, is controversial because of how it's made. Ducks and geese are force-fed grain through a tube that goes down the esophagus in order to fatten their livers.

World-leading ivory ban becomes law in the UK

The act will introduce a total ban on dealing in items containing elephant ivory, regardless of their age, within the UK, including export from or import to the UK.

World's first kill-free chicken eggs are now available

Scientists in Germany have figured out a way to identify male eggs prior to hatching, which eliminates need for live culling.

New Jersey, U.S. bans wild and exotic animals in circuses

The state of New Jersey has become the first in the United States to prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals by traveling shows and circuses.