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Global warming: worrying lessons from the past

56 million years ago, an episode of global warming caused extreme floods and landscape disruption. A study conducted in the Pyrenees reveals the magnitude of this environmental disaster. 56 million years ago, the Earth experienced an exceptional episode of global… read more

The surprising ecology of dust (2)

Scientists are unraveling the links between wild weather and climate change. On the other side of the world, weather patterns in some regions have shifted in a different way. Rainfall in the Sahara has increased because of warmer ocean temperatures,… read more

The Surprising Ecology of Dust (1)

High in the snowfields atop the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, things are not as pristine as they used to be. Dust from the desert Southwest is sailing into the Rockies in increasing quantities and settling onto the snow that covers… read more

Trees’ surprising role in the boreal water c..

Approximately 25 to 50 % of a living tree is made up of water, depending on the species and time of year. The water stored in trees has previously been considered just a minor part of the water cycle, but… read more

Edible insects could cut harmful emissions

Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing emissions linked to livestock production, research suggests. Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions… read more