A new study by researchers at the University of Sussex, funded by Rowse Honey Ltd, has demonstrated that weeds are far more valuable in supporting biodiversity than we give them credit for.
A new study has found that the transition zone between the Amazon and Cerrado in the northeast of Brazil has heated up significantly and become drier in the past two decades.
A study featuring researchers from the University of British Columbia suggests that children who grow up around more green space are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The rapid development of fauna 540 million years ago has permanently changed the Earth—deep into its lower mantle. A team led by ETH researcher Andrea Giuliani found traces of this development in rocks from this zone.
At any one time, Earth's atmosphere holds only about a week's worth of rain. But rainfall and floods have devastated Australia's eastern regions for weeks and more heavy rain is forecast. So where's all this water coming from?
The death rate linked to extreme temperatures will increase significantly under global warming of 2°C, finds a report by researchers from UCL and the University of Reading.
You've probably seen the video—or at least heard some chirpings about it. Footage from a security camera in Cuauhtémoc, a city in Chihuahua, Mexico, shows a massive flock of migratory birds swooping down like a cloud of black smoke and crashing onto pavement and the roof of a house.
A new study reveals that the iconic extinct Megalodon or megatooth shark grew to larger sizes in cooler environments than in warmer areas.
New research unveils a high-resolution view of where to protect our nation’s most imperiled plants and animals
New Zealand’s tuatara look like somber iguanas. But these spiny reptiles are not actually lizards. Instead, they are the last remnant of a mysterious and ancient order of reptiles known as the Rhynchocephalians that mostly vanished after their heyday in the Jurassic period.
The Amazon rainforest may be nearing a "tipping point" of dieback, the point where rainforest will turn to savannah, a new study shows.
Research shows that people in wealthier, high-consuming countries can help avert climate breakdown by making six relatively straightforward lifestyle changes, creating a society of “less stuff and more joy”.
The Amazon rainforest is likely losing resilience, data analysis from high-resolution satellite images suggests. This is due to stress from a combination of logging and burning—the influence of human-caused climate change is not clearly determinable so far, but will likely matter greatly in the ...
Extreme weather events, including drought and associated wildfires together with others—such as heatwaves, heavy rain, and coastal flooding—are recognized by the IPCC as one of the five 'reasons for concern' related to climate change since the IPCC Third Assessment Report (2001).
Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. To combat its potentially catastrophic effects, scientists are searching for new technologies that could help the world reach carbon neutrality.
Many countries have set carbon neutrality as a policy goal, but according to a new study by an international team of researchers from IIASA, Japan, and the U.S., there are various risks associated with the reduction of greenhouse gases, especially in the agriculture, forestry, and land use secto ...
How does an animal make decisions? Scientists have spent decades trying to answer this question by focusing on the cells and connections of the brain that might be involved. Salk scientists are taking a different approach—analyzing behavior, not neurons.
In a warming world, animals could live or die by what's in their gut. That's one conclusion of a new study by Pitt biologists showing that tadpoles are less able to cope with hot temperatures without the help of microbes. The results could spell a one-two punch for amphibians and other sensitive ...
Genetic modification has made modern tomatoes more disease resistant and shelf-stable. While those traits are important, modern commercial varieties tend to fall short of the flavor potential shown in older varieties. But consumers want tomatoes that taste and smell good.
A new study in the Journal of Mammalogy shows recently developed camera-trapping methods could be a viable alternative to live-trapping for determining the density of snowshoe hares and potentially other small mammals that play a critical role in any forest ecosystem.
Ordinary potted house plants can potentially make a significant contribution to reducing air pollution in homes and offices, according to new research led by the University of Birmingham and in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Norway has found that wild Atlantic salmon in many Norwegian rivers experienced an abrupt reduction in body size in 2005 after their first year at sea.
In a new paper published in Ecology Letters, Michigan State University evolutionary biologist Janette Boughman shows that the process of choosing a mate could be very important to the survival of the species.
Red clover, an important forage crop for grazing cattle, can be protected against two major fungal diseases by a newly developed integrated pest management strategy.
A research team led by Dr Celia SCHUNTER at School of Biological Sciences (area of Ecology and Biodiversity) & The Swire Institute of Marine Science, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), in collaboration with researchers from The University of Adelaide, James Cook University in Australia, IRD Inst ...
Research shows that governments and individuals making small changes can have a huge impact in reducing emissions. People in well-off countries can help avert climate breakdown by making six relatively straightforward lifestyle changes, according to research from three leading institutions.
A study from a coalition of researchers led by the Yale School of Public Health may have identified a potential buffer to climate woes: collective action.
Scientists are exploring a new method to uncover changes occurring in the mysterious East Antarctica. These changes that will affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the planet.
A new study challenges the universal land-saving claims of vertical farming, finding that there is no one size fits all approach for land use, food security and sustainable agriculture.
Geologists at Lund University in Sweden have mapped 300 years of research on the prehistoric marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs. Using a uniquely well-preserved fossil, the team has also created the scientifically most up-to-date reconstruction of an ichthyosaur currently available.
Australian bull ants have evolved a venom molecule perfectly tuned to target one of their predators—the echidna—that also could have implications for people with long-term pain, University of Queensland researchers say.
New research indicates anthropogenic climate change will result in a quarter of Aotearoa New Zealand's alpine grasshopper species becoming extinct. Species that are already endangered and others that are currently widespread could lose all of their current habitat due to global warming.
People have been trying to understand how predators and prey are able to stay balanced within our planet's ecosystems for at least 2,400 years.
Murdoch University researchers have welcomed a baby turtle into the world this week as part of an important incubation research project aiming to save the iconic Southwestern snake-necked turtles at Bibra Lake from dwindling population numbers.
Acadia National Park is known for its beautiful lakes—and they can tell scientists a lot about the health of the environment.
Plant cells use electrical signals to process and transmit information. In 1987, as a postdoc of Erwin Neher in Göttingen, biophysicist Rainer Hedrich discovered an ion channel in the central vacuole of the plant cell, which is activated by calcium and electrical voltage, using the patch-clamp t ...
A new study led by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that corals that underwent a stressful temperature treatment in the laboratory for 90 days were more tolerant to increased water temperatures.
Life on Earth is disappearing so rapidly that some scientists believe a mass extinction event is now underway for the first time since the dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago.
Sustained warming of the Indian Ocean will increase rainfall above the ocean, but weaken the Indian summer (southwest) monsoon over land, a study has found.
Like many of its predecessors, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland concluded with bold promises on international climate action aimed at keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, but few concrete plans to ensure that those promises will be kept.
The evolutionary relationships among grasses—including important crop plants like wheat, rice, corn, and sugarcane—have been clarified in a new molecular study of the grass family tree.
Abrupt shifts in the evolution of animals—short periods of time when an organism rapidly changes size or form—have long been a challenge for theorists including Darwin.
Fearsome dire wolves and saber-toothed cats no longer prowl around La Brea Tar Pits, but thanks to new research, anyone can bring these extinct animals back to life through augmented reality (AR).
A reptile research and recovery program based in southwestern Ontario is asking for the community's support in funding their research to protect the endangered wildlife.
Invasive alien species (IAS) are a leading contributor to biodiversity loss, and they cause annual economic damage in the order of hundreds of billions of US dollars in each of many countries around the world.
Palaeobiologists from the University of Tübingen have described a previously unknown turtle species that lived in what is now Romania some 70 million years ago.
Underwater noise pollution is causing turtles to experience hearing loss that can last from minutes to days, say researchers who will present preliminary evidence of the effects of intense noise on turtles on 4 March at the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting, being held online from 24 Feb through 4 March.
Female chimpanzees are less likely than males to go near villages and farmland used by humans, new research shows.
Sometimes, Bruce C. Glavovic feels so proud to be an environmental scientist, studying coastal planning and teaching future researchers, that it moves him to tears.
German research institution The Helmholtz Center Hereon has engineered innovative ocean drifter devices built around Globalstar SPOT Trace satellite GPS trackers to advance oceanography research