NEWS DIGEST 28.02.2021: Saving lives and businesses, but remembering those lost, in London

News for today comes from InYourArea. The UK’s finance minister, or Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced an emergency GBP £5 billion business grants lifeline for firms brought to their knees by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. Most … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 28.02.2021: Saving lives and businesses, but remembering those lost, in London

WORLD WILDLIFE: Declining species may lead to ’empty landscape’

A group of scientists have said that the rapid trend of declining wildlife populations could lead to ’empty landscapes’, the science and environment team at British public broadcaster BBC has reported today. According to population figures published in the scientific magazine Science Advances, there has been a worrying 60 per cent drop in the number of large herbivores (plant-eating animals) such as giraffe, elephant and rhinoceros, leaving them at greater risk of extinction. The figures covered 74 herbivore species and attributed much of the decline to poaching and other forms of illegal hunting, as well as destruction of natural habitats. A study on large carnivores such as lions, tigers and wild dogs also … Continue reading WORLD WILDLIFE: Declining species may lead to ’empty landscape’