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Algae: the future sustainable super crop

Research into algae makes it increasingly clear that these plants have huge potential for the sustainable production of everything from food to medicine.

Large animals have removed 80 per cent of forests

Without large animals such as elephants, deer, and bison, much of the world would quickly return to forest, shows new research.

Climate and intensive farming push European birds into decline

Bird populations in Europe both benefit and suffer from warmer temperatures, while many populations are in decline due to threats posed by intensive agriculture.

Giant-eyed fish discovered in Greenland

Discovery of a new species of fish confirms that the deep sea of the North Atlantic still hides many unexplored secrets.

Why some companies are becoming environmental activists

OPINION: After decades of activists campaigning against companies’ poor environmental records, are companies suddenly becoming environmental activists themselves?

This is how we motivate people to tackle climate change

Psychologists have a new way to make people act on climate change, regardless if they do not accept the underlying science.

Underground animal world crucial for life above ground

New study shows that subterranean bacteria, worms, and beetles play a critical role in climate and plant life above ground.

Udzungwa! Photos of a forgotten rainforest

In the past 35 years, scientists have discovered several new species in one of Africa's forgotten rainforests.

Wild horses could soon return to Europe

Scientists say we could have wild horse populations running free in just two decades.

How to save the oceans and the food they provide

Seven key issues face the oceans, among them climate change and over fishing. Read the whole list here and get the scientists’ best ideas on how to save both the oceans and the food they provide.

Speedy production of silicon for solar cells

A growing solar cell industry needs cheaper silicon in increasing amounts. A centrifuge developed in Norway could supply it.

Ancient living soil microbes discovered over two kilometres beneath the seafloor

A new study has drilled deeper into the seabed than ever before, and discovered a thriving community of ancient soil microbes, tens of millions of years old


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