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Most of the mammals that lived in India 200,000 years ago still roam the subcontinent today, in spite of two ice ages, a volcanic super-eruption and the arrival of people, a study reveals.
Male cod may 'sing' to females during mating, suggests a new study investigating the sounds cod and pollack produce during the spawning season.
Extensive, explosive volcanic eruptions may disrupt a crucial aspect of the global nitrogen cycle, say researchers who have investigated ash deposits on the ocean floor.
Researchers wanted to understand what causes differences in the reproductive success of the endangered elephants.
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.
Carbon dioxide released by some wastewater treatment plants could be recycled at the same time as enhancing the production of renewable energy in the form of natural gas, say scientists.
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.