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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
The loss of sea ice around the Antarctic coastline is leading to a huge drop in biodiversity on boulders on the shallow seabed as they are scoured by icebergs, according to a new study

In the fly zone

The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in northern Spain’s Basque Country is a hotspot for migrating birds on the East Atlantic Flyway. A hi-tech new birdwatching centre is pioneering survey and conservation work as well as offering visitors an unparalleled twitching experience

Where the land ends

A combination of dramatic cliffs, wild seas and fascinating flora and fauna make mainland England’s most westerly point an excellent destination for photographers of all persuasions
Biological communities in the North Sea have undergone significant changes since the turn of the millennium, according to long-term studies carried out by a team of German scientists
A new study published in Scientific Reports has put forward a novel theory to explain the origin of the Quaternary ice age, which covered large parts of the Northern Hemisphere 2.6 million years ago
Ice fronts were far more advanced around the Arctic during the early 19th century than they are today, according to a new analysis of whalers’ log books
A warming period that took place more than 400,000 years ago resulted in a nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland, raising global sea levels by about five metres, according to a new study
New study demonstrates that despite increasing rates of extinction of organisms around the globe, in most areas, biodiversity is unchanged, or even increasing
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

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