Editor's note

All over the world, threatened species are finding themselves in harm’s way as humans build ever more homes, farms and industrial infrastructure. James Allan and colleagues looked at more than 5,000 species and found a quarter of them have almost nowhere left to run, with at least 90% of their range impacted by human development. Their new maps reveal Southeast Asia is the global hotspot for this problem, whereas the ‘coolspots’ are the Amazon, Andes, eastern Himalayas, and Liberia.

Also today, when we want to lose weight quickly, we’re usually focused on restricting our calorie intake above all else. But it’s not a sustainable plan. We miss out on essential nutrients and, as soon we we go back to old ways, we gain weight. But there are ways to combine weight loss with healthy eating, as Yasmine Probst and her colleagues explain.

Michael Hopkin

Editor: Energy + Environment

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Human activity threatens many species across Africa’s savannahs. Paul Mulondo/WCS

Guns, snares and bulldozers: new map reveals hotspots for harm to wildlife

James Allan, The University of Queensland; Christopher O'Bryan, The University of Queensland; James Watson, The University of Queensland

New research looked at human impacts on more than 5,000 threatened species and found that a quarter of them have almost nowhere left to go to escape from the threats posed by human development.

You don’t have to quit bread, but make sure it’s wholegrain. Shutterstock

Four simple food choices that help you lose weight and stay healthy

Yasmine Probst, University of Wollongong; Elizabeth Neale, University of Wollongong; Vivienne Guan, University of Wollongong

When it comes to weight loss, there's no such thing as a quick fix. But some foods will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

India’s airstrikes caused some damage inside Pakistan. AMIRUDDIN MUGHAL/AAP

India, Pakistan and the changing rules of engagement: here’s what you need to know

Stuti Bhatnagar, University of Adelaide; Priya Chacko, University of Adelaide

It started on February, 14 when a suicide attack killed more than 40 people in the Indian controlled part of Kashmir. Now, Pakistan and India's conflict over the disputed region is heating up again.

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    Nicholas J Clark, The University of Queensland; Charles Caraguel, University of Adelaide; Jane Heller, Charles Sturt University; Ricardo J. Soares Magalhaes, The University of Queensland; Simon Firestone, University of Melbourne

    Q fever is a flu-like infection that spreads to people from animals. The bacteria that causes it can withstand harsh environmental conditions – in particular, drought.

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    By investing in solar panels and going electric for your motoring and heating, you can directly offset your greenhouse emissions. And in the long run, the upfront costs will repay themselves.


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