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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
High-end CO2 emission scenarios continue to predominate global warming forecasts, according to the Global Carbon Project. Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production grew 2.3 per cent to a record high of 36.1 billion tonnes in 2013
Mountain lions have clung on in the mountain range around Santa Monica, California for decades as a strange, wild throwback on the Los Angeles periphery

Sabah’s lost world

There’s hardly an inch of the planet that can’t be visited, yet thankfully there are still places that conjure mystery, intrigue and even foreboding. In the heart of Borneo, lies the remarkable Maliau Basin

Wind farms threaten bats

German researchers examined the risks for the 300,000 bats that move through the country each year and found that 72% of all deaths in the migrating colonies are attributable to wind turbines
A series of studies indicate that the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has caused genetic damage to birds, monkeys and butterflies in the region

Legend of the fall

From glorious reds to captivating oranges and scintillating yellows, when it comes to the colours of autumn, you can’t get much better than the vibrant state of New England
‘The industrial side was saying, “We’re just using food additives, basically making ice cream here.” On the other side, there’s talk about the injection of thousands of toxic chemicals’
The airline industry is growing so fast that it will easily outpace carbon reduction efforts, according to a University of Southampton study
A new study warns that there is a strong link between Buruli ulcer outbreaks in French Guiana and changes in rainfall patterns
Scientists at Cornell University have predicted that the US Southwest faces a 20–50 per cent chance of experiencing a decades-long ‘megadrought’ this century

A heated debate

Iceland has long been famous for its spectacular volcanism, but recent developments in the country’s geothermal power industry have generated a new mid-Atlantic rift
Historic data from NASA aircraft, ice buoys and former Soviet ice floe bases have been used to establish that snow has thinned on Arctic sea ice since the 1950s

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