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Global warming making wet winters more likely
That's the conclusion of new research at the University of Oxford, which used spare capacity on thousands of volunteers' home computers to assess how greenhouse-gas emissions influence our weather.
Eating less meat would benefit the nutrient cycle
A new report suggests that halving our consumption of animal products could benefit the environment by improving nutrient cycles.
Promiscuous females are trying to avoid selfish genes
So-called 'selfish genes' may make females more promiscuous and also lower male fertility.
Tracers reveal hidden rivers beneath ice-sheet
Artificial gas tracers pumped into water at the surface of the Greenland ice sheet have revealed a hidden network of rivers flowing beneath it.
New planes could cut aviation carbon emissions
Policies that encourage airlines to replace the old planes in their fleet with newer models could lead to substantial cuts in aviation carbon emissions, according to new research.
Earthquakes are not enough warning for some volcanic eruptions
It may not always be possible to predict volcanic eruptions through rising numbers of earthquakes, say scientists.
Owls in trouble in a changing world
Tawny owls are threatened with long-term decline because environmental change is dampening the population cycles of their favoured prey, a new study has shown. If the situation continues, the owls will slowly die out over ...
Woolly Rhino shows Britain was once a freezing tundra
An ancient woolly rhinoceros skeleton has enabled scientists to calculate the average temperature of Britain 42, 000 years ago.
Naval activity may contribute to porpoise strandings
(Phys.org) —Sonar used by the navy may cause porpoises to get trapped in fishing nets and killed, according to a recent study.
Polluted rivers still a threat to city wildlife
In recent years, cleaner waters have heralded the return of a number of species to urban waterways right across Britain. But according to new research, carried out on a South Wales population of Eurasian dippers, this has ...