NATURE

Where the land ends

A combination of dramatic cliffs, wild seas and fascinating flora and fauna make mainland England’s most westerly point an excellent destination for photographers of all persuasions
Biological communities in the North Sea have undergone significant changes since the turn of the millennium, according to long-term studies carried out by a team of German scientists
A new study published in Scientific Reports has put forward a novel theory to explain the origin of the Quaternary ice age, which covered large parts of the Northern Hemisphere 2.6 million years ago
Ice fronts were far more advanced around the Arctic during the early 19th century than they are today, according to a new analysis of whalers’ log books
A warming period that took place more than 400,000 years ago resulted in a nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland, raising global sea levels by about five metres, according to a new study
New study demonstrates that despite increasing rates of extinction of organisms around the globe, in most areas, biodiversity is unchanged, or even increasing
With temperatures across Europe rising, lighter coloured butterflies and dragonflies are taking over from their dark-coloured relatives, according to a new study

Heat and dust

Offering guaranteed light, clear blue skies and interesting geometrical patterns, deserts are a photorapher's paradise – just beware the dreaded dust and sand, and don’t leave your camera in the sun
New study detects tens of kilometres of previously uncharted deep valleys under Greenland ice sheet, suggesting the ice is significantly more vulnerable to warm ocean waters
The first known mass extinction in the history of complex life was caused by a series of eruptions in what is now Australia
A new study has found that tropical cyclones are reaching their peak intensity farther from the equator than in the past
The Antarctic ice sheet is losing 159 billion tonnes of ice a year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed – a new study has found
Puerto Rico’s national animal, the coqui frog, has undergone a series of small but significant changes due to the warming of the territory’s climate over the past three decades

Island sanctuaries

Combining a wild coastline, evocative ancient castles and some of Britain’s most important seabird colonies, the area around the Farne Islands in Northumberland is a photographer’s paradise

The green dragon awakens

China has achieved remarkable economic success following the principle of developing first and cleaning up later. But now the country with the world's worst environmental record is changing its ways
Significant changes are taking place in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events in central India, increasing the risk of drought and flood in one of the world’s most densely populated regions
Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more of the gas, accelerating climate change
New analysis of temperature records dating back to 1500 all but rules out possibility that global warming during the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the Earth’s climate

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