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Global Marine Populations Have Halved Since 1970

The oceans are in a dire state. A new report released today by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has concluded that many marine species, including those critical to human food security, are in “potentially catastrophic decline” unless dramatic action is taken to stop overfishing and other major threats.    “In the space of a…

‘Godzilla’ El Niño: Time To Prepare For Mega-Droughts

Walking on cornflakes. That’s what it sounds like to hike through a rainforest in the grip of a strong drought. Each step crackles with dry snapping twigs and leaves. It’s frustrating for field biologists like us – we can forget about glimpsing anything but the most oblivious of wildlife. Rainforests aren’t supposed to be bone-dry…

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Neolithic Skeleton Reveals Ancient Case Of Rickets

The skeleton of a small, pigeon-chested woman with misshapen limbs found on the Scottish island of Tiree has been dated to the Neolithic Era. The discovery marks the earliest known case of rickets in the U.K., and is riddled with “unusual” findings. The work is published in the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Rickets is a disease in…

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How Ready For Climate Change Is Your Town Or City?

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities or urban areas, which means our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change is tied up with cities’ ability to cope. Responsible for more than 70% of carbon emissions, it is increasingly understood that cities must lead in tackling these problems and adapt to changes…

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How Do Archaeologists Discover Forgotten Ancient Monuments?

The popular image of an archaeologist is someone who spends most of their time on their knees painstakingly excavating sites. Although excavation is still one of archaeology’s principal research methods, it is not without problems: it is slow, expensive and can cover only relatively small areas of a site. Most problematic of all, it destroys…