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Arid and semiarid ecosystems are expected to experience significant changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, which may affect soil organisms in ways that cause...

Optical fingerprint can reveal pollutants in the air

More efficient sensors are needed to be able to detect environmental pollution. Researchers have proposed a new, sophisticated method of detecting molecules with sensors...

Soft coral exhibit strikingly different patterns of connectivity around British Isles

Some sea life could be just as disconnected as those divided by mountains or motorways, new research indicates.

Antarctica: Everyone wants it, but no one owns it

For over 70 years seven different countries have claimed sovereignty over parts of Antarctica. But are these claims legitimate? This issue is now going...

Copper-bottomed deposits

Researchers have studied over 100,000 combinations to establish the depth and number of years required for magma to produce a given amount of copper....

When the sea ice melts, juvenile polar cod may go hungry

Polar cod fulfil a key role in the Arctic food web, as they are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds...

Exhaust fumes as a resource

Chemists have developed a process in which nitrogen oxides generated during industrial processes can be used in the manufacture of colourants and medicines. Using...

Study quantifies effect of ‘legacy phosphorus’ in reduced water quality

For decades, phosphorus has accumulated in Wisconsin soils. Though farmers have taken steps to reduce the quantity of the agricultural nutrient applied to and...

Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestration

Efficient nutrient consumption by plankton in the Southern Ocean drove carbon sequestration in the deep ocean during the ice ages, a new study suggests.

What makes farmers try new practices?

Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of...

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