Revised Brazilian forest code may lead to increased legal deforestation in Amazon

Researchers show that up to 15 million hectares of forest risk losing protection owing to a new clause in the law under which state...

Poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica

The popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world has been...

Historic space weather could clarify what’s next

Scientists have discovered an underlying repeatable pattern in how space weather activity changes with the solar cycle - having analysed solar activity for the...

Clearing up the ‘dark side’ of artificial leaves

While artificial leaves hold promise as a way to take carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- out of the atmosphere, there is...

Slight climate shifts can affect optimum water use in plant communities

A new discovery is providing scientists a better understanding of how rainfall is shared beneficially by the plant community and the human population, in...

Archeological discovery yields clues to how our ancestors may have adapted to their environment

During the Stone Age ancestral humans lived with a variety of animal species along what was an area of wetlands in the middle of...

Tropical birds live longer than temperate counterparts

An international research team has found strong evidence that passerine birds near the equator live longer than their higher latitude counterparts.

‘Molecular scissors’ for plastic waste

A research team has solved the molecular structure of the enzyme MHETase at BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria and together with a...

Methane emissions from trees

A new study is one of the first in the world to show that tree trunks in upland forests actually emit methane rather than...

Melt-rate of West Antarctic Ice Sheet highly sensitive to changes in ocean temperatures

Melting of ice shelves in West Antarctica speeds up and slows down in response to changes in deep ocean temperature, and is far more...

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