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Swiss supermarket's insect burgers will finally go on sale next week

Coop announced it would begin selling an insect burger and insect balls based on protein-rich mealworm in seven Coop branches, including in Geneva, …

European News

Mealworm burger, anyone? Insect food on sale in Switzerland in European first

Supermarket Coop makes leap after law change allows sale of grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms for human consumption<p>Switzerland’s second-largest supermarket chain will begin selling insect burgers for human consumption after the country’s food safety laws were revised.<p>Coop said insect-based …

Agriculture

Animation Shows Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice

The Arctic

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes

LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut (AP) — From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren — a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer.<p>Yet beneath the forbidding surface of the world's fifth largest island …

The Arctic

This Giant Automated Cricket Farm Is Designed To Make Bugs A Mainstream Source Of Protein

If bugs are the next big food trend, we need to find a way to grow a lot of them. Cricket company Aspire has turned to robots.<p>Inside a new building in an industrial neighborhood near the airport in Austin, a robot is feeding millions of crickets, 24 hours a day. The facility–a 25,000-square-foot …

Farming

Melting glaciers in Swiss Alps could reveal hundreds of mummified corpses

Frozen bodies of couple who vanished 75 years ago among those uncovered recently as global warming forces ice to retreat<p>Swiss police say hundreds of bodies of mountaineers who have gone missing in the Alps in the past century could emerge in coming years as global warming forces the country’s …

Archaeology

These are the countries with the best paternity policies in the world

As the US still struggles to secure basic maternity leave policy, some countries have already moved on to improving time off just for fathers.<p>it's …

Pregnancy

How Ikea adapts its catalogues for different countries

Ikea released 203million copies of its 324-page catalogue at the end of July, with 72 different region-specific editions.

Coop’s bug burgers delayed due to lack of available insects

Swiss supermarket Coop has had to postpone the launch of its new insect-based food products due to a lack of approved bugs.

European News

You don’t need a scientist to know what’s causing the sixth mass extinction

It’s simple. It’s us. The more people there are, the more habitats we destroy. Human civilisation can only survive if the population begins to shrink<p>• Paul R Ehrlich is a professor of population studies at Stanford University and the author of The Population Bomb (1968)<p>One should not need to be a …

Ecology

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

Next best actions are selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian, according to study into true impacts of different green lifestyle choices<p>The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most …

Climate

Paid leave for dads wins broad public support

Swiss voters will have the chance to overturn parliament’s rejection of paid paternity leave after campaigners fighting to introduce the benefit …

Paternity Leave

Paternity leave initiative in Swiss parliament’s hands

Supporters of a popular initiative to give fathers four weeks paternity leave were jubilant yesterday as they lodged the initiative with parliament.

Paternity Leave

Why a population of, say, 15 million makes sense for Australia

Population growth has profound impacts and sorting myths from facts can be difficult. In a new series, the Conversation looks at the issue<p>Neither of Australia’s two main political parties believes population is an issue worth discussion, and neither now has a policy about it. The Greens think …

Australian Universities

World population day in numbers

When the first World Population Day was marked in 1990, the global population stood at a little over five billion.<p>It's now over half that again, measuring 7.6 billion.<p>July 11 is now the day each year when the United Nations tries to bring attention to the importance of population issues.<p>So where is …

Population

2017: the year we lost control of world population surge?

On the eve of London’s family planning summit, global contraception efforts are faltering – and Trump’s reinstated ‘gag rule’ makes matters worse, say experts<p>Global efforts to help millions of women plan their families – and address unsustainable population growth – are falling woefully short, with …

Geography

Sea level rise is accelerating, with Greenland in leading role

Global sea level rise is accelerating as the Greenland Ice Sheet sheds more of its ice, scientists have found.<p>Given this quickening pace, it's possible that by the end of this century, sea level rise could threaten coastal communities around the world, from Miami to Mumbai.<p>A new study, published …

Climate Change

How human error could have created the Sahara desert

Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe lived there, and large human populations of fishers foraged for …

Ecology

GlobalView: Climate Change in Perspective - Bloomberg View

The debate over climate change, unlike climate change itself, seems to be stuck. Let's see if we can get it moving.<p>The arguments are mainly over three issues: whether climate change exists, what causes it and what to do about it. The first two questions are controversial but shouldn't be. And the …

Climate Change

Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.<p>We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered …

Microbiology

Why ‘hydro-politics’ will shape the 21st Century

It's been called the 'next oil'. In the coming decades, the supply of water has the potential to influence geopolitics, diplomacy and even conflict.<p>The 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace pits 007 against an evil criminal syndicate bent on global domination. Sounds par for the course… but this …

Water

Why is Africa so poor? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Now here’s a question that demands an answer. Why is it that arguably the world’s richest continent – in terms of natural resources – has some of the …

Africa

Europe's extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows

Heatwaves that saw deadly forest fires in Portugal and soaring temperatures in England were made up to 10 times more likely by global warming, say scientists<p>Human-caused climate change dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme heatwave that saw deadly forest fires blazing in Portugal and …

Climate Change

Number of Britons over 65 living in Spain more than doubles in 10 years

Study also shows there were over twice as many Britons living in Spain at Brexit vote than Spanish citizens resident in UK<p>The number of Britons living in Spain over the age of 65 has more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to official statistics.<p>The joint research by Britain and Spanish …

Brexit

Child marriage will cost the world $4tn by 2030, researchers warn

Study suggests ending child marriage would save governments and donors hundreds of billions annually, rein in population growth and improve lives<p>Ending child marriage could add more than $4tn to the global economy, curb population growth and transform the lives of millions of young women worldwide, …

Geography

Eating insects: disgusting or a delicacy?

Global warming triggers more natural disasters

From heatwaves to hurricanes, floods to famine: seven climate change hotspots

Global warming will not affect everyone equally. Here we look at seven key regions to see how each is tackling the consequences of climate change<p>It could have been the edge of the Sahara or even Death Valley, but it was the remains of a large orchard in the hills above the city of Murcia in …

Global warming brews big trouble in coffee birthplace Ethiopia

Rising temperatures are set to wipe out half of Ethiopia’s coffee-growing areas, with loss of certain locations likened to France losing a great wine region<p>Global warming is likely to wipe out half of the coffee growing area in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the bean, according to a groundbreaking new …

Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic

Temperature changes around the globe are pushing human pathogens of all kinds into unexpected new areas, raising many new risks for people.<p>He'd gone for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico, whose warm waters, it turned out, would soon kill him. The 31-year-old man arrived at Parkland Memorial Hospital in …