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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
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

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