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Planting a variety of flowers on farmland could boost the number and diversity of pollinating insects, according to new research.
Long-tailed tits will be an unlikely beneficiary of climate change, according to new research.
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 ...
Seabird guano emits more ammonia into the atmosphere in warmer and wetter climates, scientists have found.
Industrial processes that require high temperatures often expel any surplus heat into the environment. While industries are fairly good at using as much of this surplus as possible, a small amount of heat is always wasted.
The highly allergenic plant ragweed is set to become more widespread throughout Northern Europe as the climate changes, according to a new study.
The end of the Permian geologic time period, 252 million years ago, was marked by huge volcanic eruptions that resulted in global warming and a change in climate so severe it caused the extinction of nearly all animals on ...
Scientists have developed a new model to predict how much a new high-speed railway would shake the ground around it, and the effect this could have on those living near the line.
Snake venom collected decades ago is as potent as ever, an international team of researchers has concluded. So we may be able to use it for research rather than collecting more in the field - good news for scientists and ...
As oceans warm some species may be forced to find new habitats or face extinction, scientists say.