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Charcoal makes African soil more fertile and productive

West African farmers are transforming nutrient-poor rainforest land in to fertile soil and their crops are thriving. It might be the solution to food shortages in the African tropics, say scientists.

The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble

Nearly half of Australia’s famed coral reef is sending serious distress signals as persistent high ocean temperatures cause corals to bleach.

Eels can escape the Mediterranean Sea

Electronic tags reveal that eels can and do make it out of the Mediterranean Sea to reach their breeding grounds in the Atlantic.

Scientists: Deep-sea fish can solve world food shortages

There is a lot of food hiding in the deep ocean and it could help feed the entire world. But we must take care not to overfish, marine scientists warn.

Manure can spread antibiotic resistance

Manure from farm stables can promote genes in bacteria that help make them resistant to antibiotics, shows new study.

Bacteria can make your bacon sandwich climate friendly

New project attempts to replace soy proteins with proteins from methane-eating bacteria to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Scientists: Rewilding is a Pandora’s box

Scientists speak out against rewilding projects, where lost species are reintroduced into the wild.

Why are banned chemicals still killing killer whales?

Levels of toxic PCBs in some whale and dolphin species are now so high that it could mark the end for one of Europe’s top predators.

Top four ocean threats according to marine scientists

Overfishing, global warming, waste and contamination, and ocean acidification are at the forefront of scientists concerns.

New model can help predict flooding two days in advance

A new model can monitor underground water in real-time and will help to improve early flood warnings.

Plants could be unreliable for us as carbon sinks

A new technique reveals how the metabolism of terrestrial plants has increased– and can decrease – with rising atmospheric CO2 levels.

COP21 agreement is unclear and unrealistic: scientists

While world leaders are still patting themselves on the back over the new climate deal, scientists begin to voice their concerns.