Environment

Fossil plankton may be the key to understanding prehistoric climate change

Fossil plankton may be the key to understanding prehistoric climate change

Ancient fossilised algae may be the gateway to understanding carbon dioxide and the role it played in transforming the prehistoric climate, a new Oxford...
Contagious cancers are spreading among several species of shellfish, study finds

Contagious cancers are spreading among several species of shellfish, study finds

Direct transmission of cancer among some marine animals may be more common than once thought, suggests a study published in Nature by researchers at...
Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest

Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest

We often think of the Amazon rainforest as a vast expanse of nature untouched by humans. But a new study in Science suggests that's not true--in fact,...
Ninety percent of predatory fish gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to overfishing

Ninety percent of predatory fish gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to overfishing

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that up to 90 percent of predatory fish are gone from Caribbean...
Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans

Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans

Researchers from 20 of the world's leading oceanographic research centers today warned that the world's largest habitat - the deep ocean floor - may...
Drones could disturb marine mammals

Drones could disturb marine mammals

Marine researchers have made sure that their research drones aren't disturbing their research subjects, shows a report in Frontiers in Marine Science. And they're hoping that...
Juvenile African Penguins

Endangered African penguins are falling into an ‘ecological trap’

As the climate changes and fisheries transform the oceans, the world's African penguins are in trouble, according to researchers reporting in Current Biology on February 9. Young...
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology...
Banned chemicals from the 70s found in deepest reaches of the ocean

Banned chemicals from the ’70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean

Crustaceans from the deepest ocean trenches found to contain ten times the level of industrial pollution than the average earthworm A study, led by Newcastle...
Car drivers cause the most pollution in London – but are least exposed to it themselves

Car drivers cause the most pollution in London – but are least exposed to...

Car drivers in London are causing the most pollution per commuter, a new study by the University of Surrey has found. But drivers themselves are...