The Daily Populous

Monday January 25th, 2021 night edition

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The number of bee species recorded worldwide has been sharply decreasing since the 1990s.

Eduardo Zattara and Marcelo Aizen at the National University of Comahue in Argentina analysed how many wild bee species are observed each year as recorded in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility – a publicly available platform where researchers and citizens can record sightings of bee species.

They found that there were a quarter fewer species reported between 2006 and 2015, as compared with the records we have from before 1990.

“Our work is the first long-term assessment of global bee decline,” says Zattara.

Previous bee research has been confined to a specific species or a particular location.

It may not necessarily mean unrecorded bee species are extinct, but they are now rare enough that people who tend to report bee sightings aren’t encountering them.

The destruction of natural habitats, heavy use of pesticides and climate change could explain this decline in species richness, says Zattara. »

Police arrest 320 of UK’s most dangerous child sex offenders since first lockdown

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Investigators have arrested 320 of the UK's most dangerous child sex offenders since the first coronavirus lockdown, it has been revealed.

The figures were released as the Home Office launched a national initiative focused on collecting more detailed data about child grooming gangs.

Out of the 320 arrested as part of the operation tracking the most dangerous child sex offenders, 122 were targeted by NCA officers. »

Parler’s new partner has ties to the Russian government

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Russian telecommunications companies play an essential role in the government’s digital surveillance program, SORM, which requires service providers and carriers to install backdoors to state intelligence.

To see a conservative entity go into the waiting arms of a Russian hoster is out of some dystopian dream.”.

When asked about Parler’s relationship with DDoS Guard, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the government isn’t familiar with the company. »