Black-throated finch wins 2019 bird of the year with tawny frogmouth second

Highly endangered finch, which is under threat from the Adani Carmichael coalmine, harnessed support of conservationists The black-throated finch has been voted Australian bird of the year for 2019, beating the tawny frogmouthin a landslide. The highly endangered finch, which is under threat won the inaugural Guardian/BirdLife Australia 2017 bird of the year, slumped to fourth, with 2,725 votes, and the a sophisticated voter fraud operation in favour of the sulphur-crested cockatoo. Thousands of votes were added in minutes for the cockatoo all automated and from the same origin with other votes added to the finch and the rainbow lorikeet in an attempt to disguise the ruse. All fraudulent votes were promptly identified and removed. Drama also erupted on the …

600 YouTubers Pledge To Plant 20 Million Trees Together To Fight Climate Change

As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If you want to see the world change, you have to start with yourself.” And all the while, just as he must have had some small changes that would later catalyze some bigger change, some people just have to go big or go home. YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, more commonly known by his online alias, MrBeast, is certainly not one of the latter. After so many people all over social media urged him to celebrate getting 20 million subscribers on YouTube by planting a symbolic 20 million trees, he couldn’t say no and took up the challenge. After hitting 20 million subs on YouTube, MrBeast was urged by people on various social media platforms to plant …

The selfish case for saving bees: its how to save ourselves | Alison Benjamin

These crucial pollinators keep our world alive. Yes, they are under threat but all is not lost, warns bee expert Alison Benjamin When I see a bee buzzing around my garden or in the park in early spring, I get a real thrill from being able to identify her. If she is black and darting among small, white tubular flowers with her long tongue protruding and her legs tucked under her furry, round body, I know she is a hairy-footed flower bee. A few years ago I wouldnt have noticed her because, like most people, I thought all bees were striped. I also assumed they made honey, stung, and lived in a hive with a queen bee and her workers. …

David Severn’s best photograph: men hunting rabbits for beer

Theyre out on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. They do eat the rabbits they catch or trade them for beer. Thirty years ago, they would have been miners I started my postindustrial parts of England often focuses on deprivation, and its usually from the perspective of a concerned outsider. Thanks Maggie is semi-autobiographical my dad worked in the pits, as a shaftsman and I wanted to take photos that were more of a celebration of the people and places I grew up with. The project looks at different ways that people interact with this landscape. This is one of the first photos I took, of locals hunting rabbits on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. When I …