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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
An international team of scientists has discovered an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet

Lava mystery solved

New study by researchers from Michigan State University solves long-standing mystery about the source of massive lava flows in Africa
A new study has found that long-tailed tits may benefit from climate change

Great crested dancers

Hunted almost to extinction in the UK during the 19th century, the great crested grebe has undergone a remarkable recovery – good news for photographers hoping to capture its ‘weed dance’
The discovery of the first terrestrial sample of a water-rich mineral has yielded new evidence that large volumes of water could exist deep within the Earth
Oxygen depletion in the Baltic Sea is ten times worse now than it was 100 years ago, the result of nutrient inflows from the land
New study published in Nature Geoscience establishes link between atmospheric dust and strength of monsoon rains falling on Indian subcontinent
A new study has found that six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are moving more rapidly than they did 40 years ago, resulting in an increased discharge of ice into the ocean
The last remaining stable region of the Greenland ice sheet is no longer stable, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change
Residents on the slopes of Indonesia’s volatile Mount Merapi are employing an innovative, high-tech approach to disaster prevention and relief

Malaria origin updated

A new study has rewritten the origin story for Plasmodium vivax, the second-worst malaria parasite of humans
Whether it’s the spectacle of a calving iceberg, the fantastic array of wildlife or the sheer vastness of the landscape, Greenland offers a range of unique opportunities for photographers
A new NASA study has found that the heat from warm river water draining into the Arctic Ocean is contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice each summer
Climate change is threatening the survival of fish that live near the equator, according to a new study by scientists at James Cook University in Queensland

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