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  • Supermarkets under pressure to reveal amount of plastic they create
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    Supermarkets are coming under growing pressure from politicians and campaigners to reveal the amount of plastic they create, and pay more towards its safe disposal, following a Guardian investigation.
  • Researchers warn 'purified' Cape Town sea water will be contaminated
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    After the City of Cape Town spends at least half a billion rands to build desalination plants, the "purified" seawater these produce will have been cleared of little more than floating nappies and junk before it is declared safe to drink - despite the presence of organisms such as E. coli - South African researchers have warned.
  • The oceans are gasping for air
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    The planet's proverbial canary in the coal mine could very well be its oceans: If they lose dissolved oxygen because of climate change, the impact will be felt all the way up the food chain to people.
  • Extreme weather behind sudden die off of rare antelope?
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    Scientists have determined that unusually warm temperatures and high humidity may have played a role in the mysterious die off two years ago of half of the world's population of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan, BBC News reports.
  • Climate change is actually good for something: Alberta barley
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    A new study from the University of Alberta shows climate change could benefit Alberta barley crops.The study shows climate change is likely to lead to an increase in barley yields. The key is a reduced need for water. And for that, the researchers point to more CO2 in the atmosphere, more northern rain and an earlier southern snow melt.
  • Animals Are Shrinking and Freezing to Death in a Changing Arctic
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    Muskoxen, the plant-chomping, long-haired mammals that huddle on the Arctic tundra, are being born smaller in parts of the far north, as pregnant mothers struggle to find food.
  • Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    Earth's surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.
  • Biodiversity conservation should be a core value of China's 'Belt and Road Initiative'
    [released on: 17/01/2018]
    Environment and conservation experts from the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNMC) and the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) are challenging decision-makers, infrastructure planners and conservationists to work together to mitigate the negative impacts of China's "Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI) and look for opportunities for biodiversity conservation.
  • Divers In Mexico Have Discovered The World's Largest Flooded Cave
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    The low-altitude, limestone-laden expanse of the Yucatan peninsula is the perfect place for the formation of submerged underground caves - geological features the ancient Maya people referred to as "cenotes". For the past 10 months, a diving team led by Robert Schmittner has been swimming through these labyrinthine passageways, searching for a link that connects two gigantic caverns: The 263km-long Sac Actun system and the 83km-long Dos Ojos system.
  • This tiny shark eats grass and it's doing just fine
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    If you've ever wondered what the vegetarian sharks in Finding Nemo actually ate, you might ask the bonnethead shark. These little sharks don't actually survive on nothing but plants, but they do eat quite a lot of seagrass. And they aren't just swallowing plants and pooping them out undigested, either, scientists reported earlier this month at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting in San Francisco.
  • A survival lesson from bats-eating variety keeps species multiplying
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    Diet is an important factor influencing the survival and evolution of all species. Many studies have shown that when species evolve from being a predator or insectivore to being a vegetarian, the rate at which new species arise increases. But a new study published in Ecology Letters reveals that omnivorous New World noctilionoid bats, those species with diets including both plant and animal materials, produce more generations in the long run than specialized vegetarian or insectivorous species.
  • Hanging with the locals pays off for tropical invaders
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    Studying the behaviour of tropical fish in a temperate environment can help predict who might be winners and losers in a warmer future, and how resources such as fish stocks may be impacted, researchers say.
  • 'Empowering Indigenous Women'll Help Fight against Hunger, Poverty'
    [released on: 18/01/2018]
    Empowering indigenous women who have higher malnutrition rates than any other social group and typically earn far less than men is key to successfully fighting hunger and extreme poverty, the United Nations agriculture chief has said.