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“Most people … know so little about the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), which is still present in much of northern and eastern Europe and some southern European countries, that they often first think … about the deodorant rather than the carnivore.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/19/-sp-rewilding-large-species-britain-wolves-bears)

Yet lynx should be considerably more welcome than the sickening “noxious smells” produced by Canadian energy company Rathlin’s exploratory gas-drilling site in east Yorkshire where it’s “drilling a 9,000 ft deep ‘wildcat’ bore hole.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/19/yorkshire-wolds-gas-fracking-shale)

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Falcohol

“The owner of Kestrel Lager supports the RSPB in its efforts to identify the causes of the kestrel population decline.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/382325-scotlands-kestrels-in-severe-decline)

No-one is implicating the lager, by the way – kestrels don’t drink it – but the fewer kestrels going about, the less kestrel juice and then EC directives mean it has to be rebranded.

Rubiscuit

“Some have estimated that tinkering with Rubisco [the enzyme responsible for converting carbon dioxide into sugar] and ways to boost the concentration of carbon dioxide around it could generate up to a 60% increase in the yields of crops such as rice and wheat.” (http://www.nature.com/news/hacked-photosynthesis-could-boost-crop-yields-1.15949)

Tinkering: the watchword of genetic modification.

Weathminster

“The pollution [in the south-east of England] is likely to be localised, with clear skies over Scotland as people cast their ballots in the independence referendum.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/18/high-air-pollution-levels-hit-south-east-england)

Any ideas where a load of dirty, hot air came from?

Plastink

“‘Solar ink’ … is designed to capture sunlight and turn it into electricity. A fine layer of this ink is then deposited onto a material, such as plastic. … Silicon is falling in price, but think about how cheap plastic is.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/10/solar-energy-cells-you-can-print-out-catching-commercial-eye-says-csiro)

Cheap? Plastic? Haven’t you heard that cheesy old record, ‘Please renew me’ by Engelbert Solarink?

Overthrone

“We need to take immediate action to protect the monarch so that it doesn’t become another tragic example of a widespread species being erased because we falsely assumed it was too common to become extinct.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0908-morgan-monarch-esa.html)

The passenger pigeon [Past] was a dreadful president.
No, precedent.

Superracket

“The aggressive buying practices of some of the big supermarkets have got even worse … and … their current price wars are exposing the UK to further food crime.” (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/04/horsemeat-scandal-report-urgent-comprehensive-reforms)

I find that highly unmilkly.