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Africa’s uranium legacy

Africa produces around 18 per cent of the world’s uranium, and there are plans to open new mines across the continent. But the industry has a chequered record with old mines
New tree data shows 2012–2014 drought in California was the most severe since the 13th century
Hagupit is weaker than last year’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan, but the Philippines is taking no chances

Scotland’s wild crime

Salmon poaching is on the rise in Scotland, according to the Scottish Government’s second annual report into wildlife crimes. For 2012-2013, the Scottish courts proceeded against 75 people for wildlife crimes, with 55 found guilty, up from the previous year

Big floods, big data

Climate change has contributed to more severe and frequent floods in the Andes in recent decades, but a new prediction model may help mitigate the impact
A new app and attachment for smartphones helps scientists trace air pollution
Huge growth in meat consumption in China leads new study to conclude ‘rising global demand for meat and dairy produce means emissions will continue to rise’

Between day and night

Losing light can be the bane of modern photography, but with the right preparation, correct tools and a spot of experimentation, the twilight hours can provide stunningly imaginative results
‘Antarctica’s environmental measures must be strengthened, as more scientists visit the region and tourist numbers increase,’ says Professor Steven Chown from Australia’s Monash University

Burn moor, or less?

An authoritative study has revealed the environmental effects of moorland burning. The Effects of Moorland Burning on the Ecohydrology of River basins project (EMBER), adds to a debate over grouse moor management
The UK’s first set of publicly-funded studies into climate intervention have dealt a blow to supporters of geoengineering projects, with results finding problems converting theories into successful possibilities
Antarctica’s sea ice is now mapped in 3D after scientists from the UK, US and Australia used an underwater robot to explore areas that were previously too difficult to access
The international allocation of $9.3billion to the the Green Climate Fund highlights the scale of the problem being caused globally by energy production and consumption
Atmospheric greenhouses gases have been the focus for fears over changes to the Earth’s climate. But research from Rutgers University suggests that the oceans equal the atmosphere for importance in regulating the planet’s temperature

Tsunami secure

Twenty-five minutes isn’t long to find shelter from a tsunami, but that’s how long Washington state residents living in coastal areas would have if a major earthquake hit the Cascasia Subduction Zone
China’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are making no progress due to its rapid economic growth, says new research from the University of East Anglia
Freak weather has encouraged a plague of olive parasites to destroy this year’s harvest
The latest international attempt to protect one million square kilometres of Southern Ocean has failed to reach a consensus

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