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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

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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
An earthquake that took place in Iquique, Chile this April was not the ‘big one’ according to US geophysicists. Although the earthquake hit 8.2 on the Richter scale, research indicates there is still a gap in the fault unruptured since…
Urban heat islands are causing populations of a tree pest to increase, killing red maple trees in southeastern USA, according to a new study carried out by researchers from North Carolina State University
Reindeer on the Norwegian high-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard are thriving as temperatures rise, according to a new long-term study
What they may lack in size, little owls more than make up in charisma. And despite being well camouflaged, they make very good subjects for photography – assuming you can find one
Changes to the distributions of tropical fish species due to ocean warming is leading to overgrazing of kelp forests and seagrass meadows, a new study has found
The so-called ‘hiatus’ in the rate of global warming between 1998 and 2013 is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters
Lignite, or brown coal, has powered the Greek economy for more than 60 years but also led to health and environmental problems. Nikolia Apostolou assesses the impact of plans to privatise the country’s mining industry
An international team of scientists has created the most accurate and precise reconstruction to date of lead pollution over Antarctica
A team of US scientists has explained why the Appalachian mountain chain has a curious bend in Pennsylvania and New York State
A new study has revealed that earlier snowmelts are causing migratory birds that breed in Arctic Alaska to initiate nesting earlier in the spring

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