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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
Intense negotiations on the conservation of some of the world’s most vulnerable species have concluded with resounding success at UN convention in Ecuador
They are supposed to be protected by the Luama Katanga Reserve, but an administrative error means 900 plant species and 1,400 chimpanzees are actually situated 50 km east of the reserve’s official boundaries
With increasing pressure on agriculture, climate, population numbers and health, a much needed panacea for humanity’s manifold crises may be just a bite away

Frackers move in on London

London could be the new Dallas, if an energy company’s plans to frack in the capital go ahead

Apes of wrath

War is common to two species in the world: man and chimpanzees. Jane Goodall was among the first to note coordinated attacks by chimpanzees on other chimpanzees, sparking debate among primatologists and anthropologists on the significance of chimpanzee warfare

Photographing Mr Fox

They may be seen to most as an urban blight, but if you’re prepared to look past the surface scavenger, red foxes can be the focus for some breathtaking natural photography

Dead zone in Arabian Sea

A growing ‘dead zone’ in the Arabian Sea has allowed low-oxygen plankton to dominate the base of the marine food chain. The ecosystem change has led scientists to warn that plankton may supplant other food sources local fish rely on
When extreme weather hits a country, food shortages follow. A report by the University of Oxford examined four events and concluded that authorities in all those countries were unprepared for such extreme weather and, as a result, citizens suffered

Ozone layer healing

The ozone layer is on track to recover in the next few decades, according to the first comprehensive report on its health in over four years
High-end CO2 emission scenarios continue to predominate global warming forecasts, according to the Global Carbon Project. Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production grew 2.3 per cent to a record high of 36.1 billion tonnes in 2013
Mountain lions have clung on in the mountain range around Santa Monica, California for decades as a strange, wild throwback on the Los Angeles periphery

Sabah’s lost world

There’s hardly an inch of the planet that can’t be visited, yet thankfully there are still places that conjure mystery, intrigue and even foreboding. In the heart of Borneo, lies the remarkable Maliau Basin

Wind farms threaten bats

German researchers examined the risks for the 300,000 bats that move through the country each year and found that 72% of all deaths in the migrating colonies are attributable to wind turbines
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

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