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Most plants thicken their leaves in response to higher carbon levels in the atmosphere – a new climate change model reveals this could have a big impact on global warming
New research reveals that microplastics can survive in mosquitos from larvae to adult, raising the possibility of particles being transferred from freshwater to land
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November 2018

New research demonstrates the harsh reality of UK immigration policy for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women seeking asylum and fleeing domestic violence
The Treasury has announced that it is considering imposing a tax on the incineration of waste. The move would mark a fall in favour for a practice once considered a good alternative to landfill. Katie Burton visits an incinerator to explore the pros and cons of burning rubbish
The Ocean Cleanup has launched System 001, a floating barrier designed to collect plastics from the ocean – but not everyone thinks that it’s a good idea
New videos reveal how plants respond to wounds, sending forth a wave of calcium to signal the need for defence

New ocean layer discovered

A deep-sea mission in the ocean around Bermuda confirms the existence of a new oceanic zone 

Rocks from a rift in time

An up-market Chinese-art gallery in Mayfair is trying something new, with an exhibition of bizarre, naturally-formed rock art 

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