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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Image copyright Paul Kenrick Image caption Early plants would have looked much like this lava field in Iceland A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to […]

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Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

Image copyright BBC BLUE PLANET II Image caption The issue in the UK has fired to the top of the political agenda following the BBC’s Blue Planet II series The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say. They have been urging for a new global treaty to […]

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Pollution blights UK seagrass meadows

Image copyright R.UNSWORTH Image caption Shutting out the light: Algae attach themselves to the leaves of seagrass plants Pollution is having a damaging impact on UK seagrass meadow health, a new study has found. Scientists based in Wales have shown that excessive amounts of nitrogen present in sewage and livestock waste is finding its way […]

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'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years

Image copyright Serge Wich Image caption Bornean orangutans’ forest habitat is changing at an “unsustainable rate” More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”. Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and […]

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UK air pollutants continue decline

Image copyright Getty Images Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics. However, the UK remains in breach of European limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) in 16 cities. Nonetheless, environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries. The reduction is thought […]

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What lies beneath

A panoramic photograph of British World War Two military vehicles deep inside a shipwreck sees German photographer Tobias Friedrich named as Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018. Friedrich’s photograph, taken off the coast of Ras Mohammed in Egypt, triumphed over 5,000 underwater pictures entered by photographers from across the world. Image copyright Tobias Friedrich/UPY 2018 […]

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Great White demystified

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The great white shark is the most misunderstood fish in the world “When you’re on top of the water, and you just see the fin, I think it’s more scary because it’s the unknown. But when you are underwater and you see the shark it is much less scary. […]