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  • ‘Clock ticking’ for world’s oceans

    ‘Clock ticking’ for world’s oceans

    Time is rapidly running out for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them as the earth’s climate continues to warm, say scientists. Only “immediate and substantial” reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can hope to prevent “massive”...

  • Threat to polar bears’ survival

    Threat to polar bears’ survival

    Imperiled polar bears will see a population crash in most parts of the Arctic Ocean if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, causing accelerated melting of the sea ice the bruins depend on for survival, US scientists said. A...

  • UN warning over Great Barrier Reef

    The UN says it is concerned about the state of the Great Barrier Reef and is urging greater efforts to conserve one of the most world’s spectacular natural sites. The decision, taken in Bonn, Germany, puts pressure on Australia to prevent further...

  • Poisonous cycads

    Poisonous cycads

    Cycads are small to large plants which are often mistaken for palms or ferns. A typical cycad is characterised by a thick wooden trunk and a crown of hard leaves at the top. Their size can vary from a few centimetres to several metres high. They...

  • Babbler birds can ‘convey meaning’

    Babbler birds can ‘convey meaning’

    Babbler birds do more than babble – they appear to communicate like humans, scientists have revealed. The chestnut-crowned babbler, from Australia, rearranges apparently random sounds to produce calls that convey meaning, researchers found. Such...

  • The battle against climate change ‘needs global effort’

    The battle against climate change ‘needs global effort’

    US President Barack Obama for a change was the one asking the questions in an interview that aired on Sunday with British naturalist David Attenborough in which they agreed that combating climate change would require a global effort. Saying he had...

  • Illusion to ‘draw planets closer’

    Illusion to ‘draw planets closer’

    A spectacular double act starring Jupiter and Venus will light up the sky tomorrow night. The two brightest planets will appear to be unusually close together –  roughly two-thirds of a full moon’s width apart. They are not about to collide, it is...

  • Solar plane is heading for Hawaii

    A solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe without fuel has taken off from Japan after an unscheduled, month-long stop. The Solar Impulse 2 departed around 3am local time from an airport in Nagoya in central Japan. The plane with...

  • Chimps ‘ape moral values of humans’

    Chimps ‘ape moral values of humans’

    Chimpanzees may have a sense of right and wrong that echoes human concepts of morality, a study has found. Two groups of the apes paid more attention to film clips of an infant chimp being killed by its own kind than those showing other acts of...

  • ‘Paradise’ island turns into a nightmare for marine life

    ‘Paradise’ island turns into a nightmare for marine life

    Concern is mounting among some scientists that China’s reclamation work in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has done severe harm to one of the most important coral reef systems in Southeast Asia. China’s use of dredged sand...

  • Corals ‘adapting to climate change’

    Corals ‘adapting to climate change’

    Some corals are adapting to climate change and becoming more tolerant of warmer temperatures, a study has found. The discovery opens the door to saving threatened coral populations by allowing them to spread their genes. Scientists crossed corals...

  • Young reporters study water issues

    Young reporters study water issues

    HSBC water programme Catch the Drop Campaign supported students who participated in this year’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) programme. HSBC water programme staff volunteers visited the participating schools to give presentations on...

  • Thoughts on the 3,000 ‘extremists’

    Thoughts on the 3,000 ‘extremists’

    Following one of the largest environmental protests ever organised locally (although a firm challenger for the top spot is the protest against the siting of the Delimara power station held in Marsaxlokk in the early 1990s), here are my thoughts on...

  • Floral giant raises blooming stink

    Floral giant raises blooming stink

    One of the world’s biggest and smelliest flowers has finally blossomed at a zoo – treating visitors to the stench of rotting meat. The Titan Arum was planted at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon, the UK in 2003 and has been cared for by...

  • Mini-heatwave to hit the UK next week

    A mini-heatwave is set to hit the UK sending temperatures soaring into the 30s, making it hotter than Athens. The hot spell will hit the country in time to bask Wimbledon fans in sunshine as they queue for strawberries and cream, and flock to...

  • Genetically-modified wheat at centre of row fails to repel aphids

    Genetically-modified wheat at centre of row fails to repel aphids

    A genetically-engineered wheat that gives off a special smell designed to repel aphids has flopped in field-scale tests, underscoring the difficulty of harnessing the controversial technology. Scientists said the result was disappointing but they...

  • Pregnancy hopes as panda conceives

    Pregnancy hopes as panda conceives

    Britain’s only female giant panda has conceived, but it could be some time before experts know if she is pregnant, according to keepers. Tian Tian was artificially inseminated earlier this year but keepers at Edinburgh Zoo said implantation, when...

  • Strange creature bares its teeth

    Strange creature bares its teeth

    A weird creature that lived half a billion years ago and is distantly related to modern insects and crustaceans has bared its teeth to scientists. For the first time, experts have been able to identify features of Hallucigenia’s head, including...

  • Crab named after deep-sea biologist

    Crab named after deep-sea biologist

    The first species of yeti crab from the hydrothermal vent systems of Antarctica has been named after a British deep-sea biologist. The species Kiwa tyleri, found in the East Scotia Ridge of the Southern Ocean, is named after world-renowned British...

  • Lovebirds avoid flying blind spots

    Lovebirds avoid flying blind spots

    Lovebirds rotate their heads at lightning fast speeds to avoid blind spots when making rapid turns in flight, research has shown. High-speed video showed the colourful birds turning their heads with jerky movements, or saccades, reaching...

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