To save forests, researchers are hooking trees up to Twitter

To save forests, researchers are hooking trees up to Twitter Huge amounts of revealing data can be collected from sensors attached to trees. Gennaro_Leonardi/Pixabay In July 2018, a century-old red oak went live on Twitter. The account @awitnesstree, tweeting from the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, introduces itself in its…

Letter from James Brown

Hi all, First of all I want to thank you for all of your loving support whether through birthday cards, emails, in person support outside the prison or the hard work that many are doing in the background. Before I say any more as well I want to stress that…

We used 60-year-old notebooks to find out why male hippos have bigger tusks than females

We used 60-year-old notebooks to find out why male hippos have bigger tusks than females Courtship behaviour of a male and female hippopotamus in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, showing the larger head and tusk sizes of the adult male on left. Graeme Shannon, Author provided Male hippopotamuses are an unusual…

As far as the moon and back, twice: here’s a look at the most extraordinary journeys migrating birds make

As far as the moon and back, twice: here’s a look at the most extraordinary journeys migrating birds make Around 40% of the world's birds migrate. Kranich17/Pixabay Every year, millions of birds criss-cross the planet, soaring above our heads in search of food, warmth and mates. From pole to pole,…

Meat eating drops by 17% over a decade in the UK – new research

Meat eating drops by 17% over a decade in the UK – new research DOERS/Shutterstock To rein in the greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts from livestock farming and to reduce diet-related diseases, people in the UK must eat 30% less meat by the end of the decade, according…

Conservation works better when local communities lead it, new evidence shows

Conservation works better when local communities lead it, new evidence shows Mangrove reforestation project in Belo-sur-Mer, southwestern Madagascar Author, Author provided We are currently facing a mass extinction of plants and animals. To remedy this, world leaders have pledged a huge expansion of protected areas ahead of the UN biodiversity…

The most influential climate science paper of all time

The most influential climate science paper of all time After the second world war, many of Japan’s smartest scientists found jobs in North American laboratories. Syukuro (Suki) Manabe, a 27-year-old physicist, was part of this brain drain. He was working on weather forecasting but left Japan in 1958 to join…

How nuclear energy can help make all UK electricity green by 2035

How nuclear energy can help make all UK electricity green by 2035 Pyty/Shutterstock Boris Johnson is set to announce at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that all of Britain’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035, according to a recent report in the Times. The government suspects that…

Climate finance: rich countries aren’t meeting aid targets – could legal action force them?

Climate finance: rich countries aren’t meeting aid targets – could legal action force them? The climate crisis is already taking a heavy toll on some developing countries, causing damage to crops and infrastructure and loss of people’s homes and communities. Sea levels around Papua New Guinea, an island nation in…

Where’s the money? Climate Fight podcast part 1 transcript

Where’s the money? Climate Fight podcast part 1 transcript Climate finance: where does the money go? CalypsoArt/Shutterstock This is a transcript of part 1 of Climate Fight: the world’s biggest negotiation, a series from The Anthill Podcast. In this episode, Where’s the money? we’re talking about climate finance – money…

Nobel prize: why climate modellers deserved the physics award – they’ve been proved right again and again

Nobel prize: why climate modellers deserved the physics award – they’ve been proved right again and again metamorworks / shutterstock This year’s Nobel prize in physics has been split between Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi. While Parisi is a theoretical physicist, the other two are climate modellers whose…

Some people are willing to pay more for sustainable seafood – new research

Some people are willing to pay more for sustainable seafood – new research Increasing numbers of fish farms are receiving sustainability certifications. Wikimedia Commons More than seven billion people live on Earth today, of whom almost one billion do not have enough to eat. By 2050, our planet’s human population…

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