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Burn moor, or less?

An authoritative study has revealed the environmental effects of moorland burning. The Effects of Moorland Burning on the Ecohydrology of River basins project (EMBER), adds to a debate over grouse moor management
The UK’s first set of publicly-funded studies into climate intervention have dealt a blow to supporters of geoengineering projects, with results finding problems converting theories into successful possibilities
Antarctica’s sea ice is now mapped in 3D after scientists from the UK, US and Australia used an underwater robot to explore areas that were previously too difficult to access
The international allocation of $9.3billion to the the Green Climate Fund highlights the scale of the problem being caused globally by energy production and consumption
Atmospheric greenhouses gases have been the focus for fears over changes to the Earth’s climate. But research from Rutgers University suggests that the oceans equal the atmosphere for importance in regulating the planet’s temperature

Tsunami secure

Twenty-five minutes isn’t long to find shelter from a tsunami, but that’s how long Washington state residents living in coastal areas would have if a major earthquake hit the Cascasia Subduction Zone
China’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are making no progress due to its rapid economic growth, says new research from the University of East Anglia
Freak weather has encouraged a plague of olive parasites to destroy this year’s harvest
The latest international attempt to protect one million square kilometres of Southern Ocean has failed to reach a consensus
Intense negotiations on the conservation of some of the world’s most vulnerable species have concluded with resounding success at UN convention in Ecuador
They are supposed to be protected by the Luama Katanga Reserve, but an administrative error means 900 plant species and 1,400 chimpanzees are actually situated 50 km east of the reserve’s official boundaries
With increasing pressure on agriculture, climate, population numbers and health, a much needed panacea for humanity’s manifold crises may be just a bite away

Frackers move in on London

London could be the new Dallas, if an energy company’s plans to frack in the capital go ahead

Apes of wrath

War is common to two species in the world: man and chimpanzees. Jane Goodall was among the first to note coordinated attacks by chimpanzees on other chimpanzees, sparking debate among primatologists and anthropologists on the significance of chimpanzee warfare

Photographing Mr Fox

They may be seen to most as an urban blight, but if you’re prepared to look past the surface scavenger, red foxes can be the focus for some breathtaking natural photography

Dead zone in Arabian Sea

A growing ‘dead zone’ in the Arabian Sea has allowed low-oxygen plankton to dominate the base of the marine food chain. The ecosystem change has led scientists to warn that plankton may supplant other food sources local fish rely on
When extreme weather hits a country, food shortages follow. A report by the University of Oxford examined four events and concluded that authorities in all those countries were unprepared for such extreme weather and, as a result, citizens suffered

Ozone layer healing

The ozone layer is on track to recover in the next few decades, according to the first comprehensive report on its health in over four years

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