Panda problem. The last remaining pandas living in the wild are under threat because of the earthquake in China. It is estimated that only 1,590 pandas are left living in a remote mountain area which was devastated the quake. Landslides and large-scale damage to the forest has destroyed what little habitat they have left. — The Times

Trouble at the top of the world. Arctic ice continues to disappear at alarming rates. Satellite images show there was a 20% decline in 2007, compared with the average 7% trend. Arctic ice was meant to last until 2080, but now some estimate it could be gone by the end of summer 2012. — Larvatus Prodeo

Whale lovers. Polling undertaken by the Greens has shown what most of us already knew – Australians don’t like whaling. 87% of people said that the government should take the Japanese to the International Court, while 71% thought Peter Garrett hadn’t done enough to stop whaling. — Greens

The sunspot enigma. Not even solar physicists know why our sun has lost its sunspots and what this odd solar silence might be indicating for our future. — The Daily Galaxy (submitted by Mark D.)

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