Carbon storage stars
Mangrove forests get top sequestering marks.
Mangrove forests could be the key to reducing carbon, according to a new study. Researchers studying mangrove for...
Home gardens vital for pollinators
They provide a rich and diverse nectar source, study finds.
Urban areas are a surprisingly rich food reservoir for pollinating insects such as bees and wasps, according to a UK ...
Root problem in compact soil
Plants growing in tough soil respond to hormones, not barriers.
When soil is tough and compact enough to make using a shovel difficult, roots are going to have trouble too, but not ...
Magnetic reversal caused massive climate shifts
Scientists link most recent magnetic instability to global environmental change.
About 42,000 years ago, a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles triggered massive climate shifts and caused environm...
Passing oil pollution from dolphin to calf
Oil spills affect dolphin health for a decade and counting.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and subsequent oil pollution have had long-term health effects for dolphins, accordi...
Soil changes mean more toxins in food.
Not everything in soil is good, and some trace elements – like cadmium – can be picked up by plants and transferred t...
What killed the megafauna?
Research suggests extreme climates, not humans, wiped them out.
Human activities and population growth have wrought much destruction to life on Earth. But when it comes to megafauna...
Life below zero
The Antarctic delivers surprising insights into life and survival.
Life continues to amaze. Hundreds of metres below Antarctic ice, in complete darkness and temperatures below zero,...
Himalayan disaster explained
Researchers believe fatal flash flood caused by landslide, not glacial lake outburst.
A devastating flood last week on the upper reaches of the Rishi Ganga River, in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand...
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Cosmos Briefing: The Future of Food
Experts discuss maintaining food security in the future.
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Down with global CFCs
Discovery brings new hope for recovery of the Earth’s ozone layer.
After a hiccup in global efforts to reduce ozone-damaging emissions, scientists have found that levels of the major o...