Environment

Can we learn to live with elephants instead of killing them?

In July, they came. Forced out of the jungle by logging and land clearing activities, the elephants trampled into the farms of the Orang Asli villagers in Pos Simpor near Gua Musang, Kelantan, foraging for food. The villagers in Kampung Jader, Kampung Penad and Kampung Ceranok could only look on helplessly as the animals fed...

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Poor French families say DIY is cheaper and better for the environment

At her home in Roubaix, a former industrial centre in northern France that’s now the country’s poorest city, Magdalene Deleporte is making her own deodorant. “It is fast and super easy,” she says, giving a demonstration with a recipe involving coconut oil, baking powder and a few drops of fragrant oils. “It takes five minutes:...

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‘BeeBlitz’ projects turn to ‘citizen science’ to help data researchers

Dozens of volunteers have spent hours this summer in Forest Park, trying to photograph every bee that passes through homemade 2sq m grids. Known as a “BeeBlitz”, it’s an experiment in citizen science that researchers hope will allow them to collect detailed data on area bee populations. “The project is important,” said volunteer and aspiring...