The Daily Populous

Thursday July 4th, 2019 day edition

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The world is teetering on the edge of a man-made apocalypse, experts have warned - with plunging insect numbers in Europe offering a chilling warning.

A report this year found that 40% of insect species are declining, with a third endangered, according to a global scientific review of research.

Researchers in Europe became aware of how serious the decline in insect numbers was in 2011 - and say that since then it has ‘got worse’.

Martin Sorg of the Amateur Entomology Society of Krefeld have gathered 80 million insects in traps, and their work has been key to identifying today’s rapid decline.

The total mass of insects on our planet is droppping by 2.5% a year - meaning that insects could be wiped out altogether within a century.

The researchers write, ‘The trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting life forms on our planet.

‘Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades. »

Disney Finds 'Little Mermaid' Star in Singer Halle Bailey

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Rob Marshall is set to direct, after helming the studio's sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns.

Bailey, 19, is best known as one-half of Chloe x Halle, who signed to Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment label after gaining popularity with YouTube covers.

The Chloe x Halle Twitter account posted the below tweet shortly after the news went out. »

Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Alabama Woman Who Was Shot While Pregnant

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Prosecutors in Alabama said on Wednesday that they were dropping a manslaughter charge against a woman over the death of the fetus she was carrying when she was shot in the belly, in a case that stirred national outrage.

The woman, Marshae Jones, was accused of beating up a co-worker who ultimately drew a gun and fired it, wounding Ms. Jones in the stomach and killing her five-month-old fetus.

Under Alabama law, a fetus is considered to have the same rights as a child who has already been born. »

We could breed climate-friendly cows that belch less methane

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Cows could be selectively bred to cut their significant contribution to global warming in half, researchers have proposed.

Livestock are responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, with the majority stemming from beef and milk production, largely because flatulent, belching cattle emit so much methane.

A simpler, short term idea is a probiotic for young cattle to alter their microbiome to cut emissions, says Wallace. »