Records from Lake Magadi, Kenya, suggest environmental variability driven by changes in Earth’s orbit

Rift Valley lakes within eastern Africa range from freshwater to highly alkaline systems and are homes to diverse ecosystems. These Rift Valley lakes are...

‘Beach ball’ representations calculated for US underground nuclear tests can aid monitoring

Researchers have calculated moment tensors for 130 underground nuclear and 10 chemical test explosions that took place at the Nevada National Security test site.

Limiting the impacts of technology materials for the low carbon transition

Researchers have demonstrated how a detailed 'cradle to grave' evaluation at the outset of new metal mining explorations can greatly mitigate against negative environmental...

Research guides future of plastic waste chemical recycling

New research aims to ease the process of chemical recycling -- an emerging industry that could turn waste products back into natural resources by...

Loss of picky-eating fish threatens coral reef food webs

The networks of predator fish and their prey found on coral reefs all over the world are remarkably similar, and those predator fish are...

Coral reef biodiversity predicted to shuffle rather than collapse as climate changes

Most coral reef biodiversity consists of tiny organisms living deep within the three-dimensional reef matrix. New research reveals that the species which dominate experimental...

Behold the humble water flea, locked in a battle of mythological proportions

Biologists sized up an unlikely natural phenomenon: when parasitism actually causes the number of hosts to increase, an effect known as a hydra effect....

Quantitative assessment for sustainable agriculture

Scientists have assembled a quantitative assessment for agriculture sustainability for countries around the world based not only on environmental impacts, but economic and social...

Coral reefs are 50% less able to provide food, jobs, and climate protection than...

The capacity of coral reefs to provide ecosystem services such as food and jobs, relied on by millions of people worldwide, has declined by...

Chemical discovery gets reluctant seeds to sprout

Seeds that would otherwise lie dormant will spring to life with the aid of a new chemical.

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