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The unusual soil-spects

First global atlas of soil bacteria reveals a small minority of species have dominated world soils
Scientists discover how shrubs are dominating the Arctic tundra
War and conservation have a complicated relationship, with two studies undertaken in Africa showing significantly different responses to conflict and the impact on natural environments
Why is Europe so cold right now? Marco Magrini suggests looking north, to an exceptionally warm Arctic, for some answers
Threatened Californian owls are suffering from digesting rat poison administered to the state’s thousands of marijuana farms

Into the blue

With the majority of the ocean still remaining undiscovered, a team of marine scientists is about to set forth on one of the most ambitious deep-sea research and education projects ever attempted

Belize's blue period

Belize bans offshore oil extraction to protect the second longest barrier reef in the world

Rhinos on the run

With their horns still much-prized by poachers, will the revered African safari bucket list of photographing the ‘Big 5’ of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino roaming wild and free soon be a thing of the past?
Narwhals show a complex response to interaction with humans and it may be putting them at risk
The biodiversity of the Antarctic seafloor has been modelled for the first time
With growing fears over the negative impacts of excessive sunscreen in marine environments, researchers are looking to nature for solutions
Harmful ozone levels found at the Earth’s surface, or troposphere, continue to be a cause for concern across the world
Those concerned with external asylum applications to the EU might want to focus on reducing the impacts of climate change
Cryptocurrencies might be setting the world’s digital economy on fire, but for Marco Magrini, they’re also heating up the physical planet
A multilateral moratorium prevents Arctic Ocean fishing for 16 years, setting aside some degree of sovereignty disputes while scientific research of the top of the world continues
A global campaign is underway to turn a huge area of the seas around Antarctica into the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary
From the iconic narrowboats meandering along picturesque British landscapes, to the bustling water traffic of Venice, canals offer a visual treat far removed from the modern stresses of daily life
Warm and humid conditions are found to be the trigger for a mysterious die-off of saiga antelopes

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