Antarctica records its highest temperature, climate change has been linked to reducing bee populations, monks in Thailand are recycling plastic bottles to make robes and companies with women on their boards have a lower rate of financial misconduct. Our round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities.

Record temperature in Antarctica

Antarctica has recorded its hottest ever temperature of 18.3˚C, in a sign that global warming is taking place faster in the region than on average around the rest of the world. The reading beat the previous record of 17.5˚C set in March 2015, the Guardian says. Meanwhile, warm water in the oceans is making Greenland’s ice sheet melt more quickly, CNN reports. It cites a study in the journal Nature Geoscience which found that an underwater current more than a mile wide was bringing warm water from the Atlantic Ocean towards the ice sheet.

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Monks recycle plastic to make robes

They are not just practicing Buddha’s teachings – but also helping solve the environmental crisis. Monks in Thailand are recycling plastic bottles to make robes, according to Reuters. The monks have already crushed 40 tonnes of plastic in the past two years, aiming to reduce the plastic waste that often makes its way into their local river – also raising awareness of environmental issues in their community.

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Climate change linked to bee extinction

Rising temperatures are reducing the number of bees – a key part of the food production chain – across Europe and North America, the BBC reports. The extinction of bumblebees in certain areas, and their colonisation patterns, has been linked to climate change for the first time, according to the researchers behind a new study. Bumblebees pollinate many fruits and vegetables and without them, some crops could fail, causing food shortages.

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Diverse boards have better financial conduct

Companies with more women on their boards have a lower rate of financial misconduct, according to research by the University of Toronto. The academics looked at more than 6,000 US companies and found that those with gender diversity in the board room had a lower incidence of fraud and had to restate fewer financial reports. This could be due to a broader range of perspectives around the boardroom table, the study suggests.

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