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Three amazing nature areas shortlisted for World Heritage status

Three sites of outstanding biodiversity could soon be granted World Heritage status, and so receive new protection. The final decision will be taken during July...

Himalayan powerhouses: How Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests...

When it’s hot, plants become a surprisingly large source of air...

Planting trees is often touted as a strategy to make cities greener, cleaner and healthier. But during heat waves, city trees actually boost air...

Ice particles shaped like lollipops fall from clouds

A small ice particle made of a needle-shaped ice crystal and a single drizzle-sized water droplet Right now, somewhere in the world, it could be...

Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas

Protected areas in the United States, representing 14 percent of the land mass, provide places for respite, recreation, and natural resource conservation. However, noise...

Radical idea could restore ice in the Arctic Ocean

Leave it to a researcher who studies icy moons in the outer solar system to come up with an out-there scheme to restore vanishing...

Plan to regrow receding Swiss glacier by blowing artificial snow

Glacier dying? Snow problem! At least that’s the theory behind a pioneering – and outlandish – attempt to save a landmark glacier in Switzerland. The...

Lakes worldwide feel the heat from climate change

About 40 kilometers off Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, in the waters of Lake Superior, rises the stone lighthouse of Stannard Rock. Since 1882, it has...

Ocean acidification may hamper food web’s nitrogen-fixing heroes

A hard look at experimental setups may start to explain dueling predictions on whether ocean acidification will boost, or choke, vital marine nitrogen fixers....

Seabed images show the scars icebergs carve into polar sea floor

What looks like a road roundabout is a scar gouged into the ocean floor by the bottom of an iceberg halting, then spinning and...

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