GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

Feb 1, 2015

GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

A British company’s plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residents. As of Friday, more than 145,000 people had signed a petition at change.org urging ...

Dengue's spread flies under the radar amid Ebola scare

Nov 9, 2014

Dengue's spread flies under the radar amid Ebola scare

One of the most familiar sounds in Malaysia’s capital is the approaching drone of a fumigation fogger spewing thick white plumes of insecticide, part of so-far futile efforts to arrest a spiraling dengue fever outbreak. Malaysia is among several countries across Asia and Latin ...

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

Oct 17, 2014

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

American fox-hunting is a sport so steeped in tradition that riders still wear ties and blazers and cry out “Tally ho!” at the sight of prey. But it is adapting to one dramatic change: Coyotes have displaced foxes in the wild and become the ...

Sep 26, 2014

Wasp SWAT teams to protect Indonesian cassava crops

They are the size of a pinhead and don’t even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature’s SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world’s most important staple foods: cassava. ...

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

| Aug 28, 2014

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

by Tamara Lush

Once, emerald-green trees bursting with citrus carpeted more than half of Florida, from the northern reaches of Jacksonville and the parks of Orlando to the Miami coastline. Oranges, especially, have long been synonymous with the magic of Florida. Advertisements tout orange juice as a ...

Jul 25, 2014

As humans multiply, bugs decline and conflict spikes

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 percent, researchers said Thursday. Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may ...

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

May 23, 2014

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, specialists on infectious diseases said on Thursday. Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly,” with routine surgery, organ ...