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Why Finland Loves Saunas
Health & Wellness  (tags: Finland, sauna, traditions, relaxation, bathing rituals, bathing )

- 1694 days ago -
The only Finnish word to make it into everyday English is "sauna". But what it is, and how much it means to Finns, is often misunderstood - and it's definitely not about flirtation or sex.
Canadian Author David Gilmour Sparks Furore Over Female Writers
Society & Culture  (tags: literature, education, misogyny, women, Toronto, authors, heterosexuality, David Gilmour, feminism, university )

- 1696 days ago -
Toronto literature professor and author David Gilmour has found himself at the eye of a literary storm after declaiming that he doesn't teach books written by women or Chinese authors, because he's only interested in "serious heterosexual guys".
German Politicians Fight Catholic Church Power Over Public Institutions
Society & Culture  (tags: politics, religion, state, Catholic church, society, women's rights, healthcare, public institutions, Germany )

- 1942 days ago -
Rape victims are being turned away, and divorced employees are losing their jobs. Catholic hospitals, kindergartens and nursing homes - primarily tax-funded - are causing problems for Germany's social welfare state. But some politicians are fighting back.
How the 'Kochtopus' Stifled Green Debate
Environment  (tags: environment, climate change, corruption, science, industry, Koch brothers, climate sceptics )

- 1942 days ago -
The Kochs have given millions of dollars to non-profit organisations that criticise environmental legislation and support lower taxes for industry. They've contributed vast sums to promote scepticism towards climate change, more even than the oil industry
Top Climate Scientist Denounces Billionaires Over Funding for Climate-Sceptic Organisations
Environment  (tags: environment, climate change, science, scientists, corruption, smear campaign, Koch brothers, The Donors Trust, climate sceptics )

- 1942 days ago -
A climate scientist who says he has been subjected to a vitriolic hate campaign has denounced the way that American billionaires have been able to secretly finance the climate-sceptic organisations that have attacked him.
Birds Use Cigarette Butts to Line Nests, St Andrews University Study Finds
Animals  (tags: animals, wildlife, animal behaviour, birds, nests, cigarette butts, pesticide, nicotine, anti-mite, study )

- 1994 days ago -
Birds are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts. The nicotine in discarded filters act as a natural pesticide that repels parasitic mites. At the same time, the cellulose butts provide useful nest insulation.
Wombats Hit By Killer Plants
Animals  (tags: animals, wildlife, environment, suffering, decline, starvation, conservation, weeds, wombats, Australia )

- 1997 days ago -
A food shortage - and an invasion of toxic plants - has killed thousands of southern wombats, prompting fears of a local extinction. The situation has been exacerbated by two years of above average rainfall during which the weeds have flourished.
Pesticide Exposure Harms Memory
Health & Wellness  (tags: study, research, health, environment, pesticides, chemicals, organophosphates, toxic, toxins, memory )

- 1997 days ago -
A review of 14 studies has shown that pesticides can reduce memory and the ability to process information quickly. It's been long recognised that in high doses organophosphates can be toxic, but the effects of lower doses have remained controversial.
Dogs Trafficked in 'Large Numbers', Say Animal Charities
Animals  (tags: animals, pets, suffering, animal cruelty, trafficking, smuggling, dog breeding, illegal, puppy mills, Ireland, Britain )

- 1999 days ago -
Up to 1,000 dogs are being trafficked into Britain each week from unlicensed Irish puppy farms. Authorities in the Irish Republic believe recent finds are evidence of organised puppy smuggling schemes, involving dogs thought to be destined for the UK.
So What Happened to Anne the Elephant After She Packed Her Trunk and Left the Bobby Roberts Circus?
Animals  (tags: animals, sanctuary, circus animals, suffering, animal cruelty, wild animals, elephants, good news, Anne the Elephant, Britain )

- 1999 days ago -
As Britain's last circus elephant, Anne was for years the unwitting pawn in a battle between animal rights groups and an industry steeped in tradition. It came to a head in March last year when undercover filming showed her being beaten with a pitchfork.
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