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Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global reviewWhy are insects in decline, and can we do anything about it?The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global...

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UAE’s gender equality awards won entirely by men

Emirati authorities ridiculed on social media after Gender Balance Index awards announcedAuthorities in the United Arab Emirates have been ridiculed after it emerged that all of the winners of an initiative designed to foster gender equality in the workplace were men.Certificates and medals were awarded by Sheik Mohammed...

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Dyson to move company HQ to Singapore

CEO says plan is more about ‘future-proofing’ business than anything to do with BrexitCome on Mr Dyson, future-proof against what?Sir James Dyson, the British billionaire inventor and outspoken Brexiter who called on the government to walk away from the EU without a deal, is moving the headquarters of his vacuum...

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World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in schoolThe growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s...

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Mayor of Polish city dies after stabbing at charity event

Paweł Adamowicz dies after hours of surgery following attack at concert in GdańskPaweł Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk, has died after he was stabbed in the chest on stage at a charity concert on Sunday evening.The 53-year-old, who had held the post since 1998, underwent more than five hours of...

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Putin tells May to ‘fulfil will of people’ on Brexit

Russian president also touches on rap crackdown and nuclear weapons during annual presserVladimir Putin has said the UK should not hold a second referendum on Brexit, insisting Theresa May must “fulfil the will of the people”.Offering public support that the embattled British prime minister could probably do without,...

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Beef-eating ‘must fall drastically’ as world population grows

Current food habits will lead to destruction of all forests and catastrophic climate change by 2050, report findsPeople in rich nations will have to make big cuts to the amount of beef and lamb they eat if the world is to be able to feed 10 billion people, according to a new report. These cuts and a series of other...

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David Attenborough: collapse of civilisation is on the horizon

Naturalist tells leaders at UN climate summit that fate of world is in their handsThe collapse of civilisation and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough has told the UN climate change summit in Poland.The naturalist was chosen to represent the world’s people in addressing delegates of almost 200...