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How the chicken crossed the continent and put pork off the menu

Before the religions of the Middle East forbade eating the pig, it had already slipped off the menu. Around 7000 - 4000 years ago...

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High-rise flamingos on a green, flowered roof

Now that spring has sprung, why not enjoy the season in bloom from an elevated vantage point, from a green roof? Green rooftops cover...

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Brighter outlook as solar power eclipses the fossil fuels

Many of us have been squinting up towards the sun this morning watching the solar eclipse. In energy markets, though, solar is...

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The 'King of the Jungle' is back, roaming the wilds of Gabon

Good news from Gabon: the King of the Jungle is back on the prowl. Conservation efforts in Batéké Plateau National Park have proved...

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For best results, design planes after hummingbirds

A mechanical engineer and his team have deciphered the mystery of the hummingbird: how does it hover and dart so well with such short,...

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Hermit crabs line up by size to swap shells for best fit

If a hermit crab finds a vacant shell that's too big or too small, it sits patiently and waits for others to join. One by one, they...

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Hedgehogs and fast food

I wrote about a new hedgehog conservation area in Solihull last week, and now there is further good news for the preservation of this...

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Taking to the tropics

In an attempt to improve our understanding of how tropical forests will respond to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations and climate...

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Soft power and green power: 100% renewable energy for Costa Rica

Costa Rica abandoned its military way back in the 1940s. The Central American country shifted government spending to something more...

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What's your poo worth?

As a society we are still learning the skills of recycling and living sustainably. It has been within my lifetime that widespread...

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Giant bipedal crocodile ruled ancient food chain

231 million years ago, a giant two-legged crocodile called the Carolina Butcher sat comfortably atop the food chain. It was the most...

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The cost of climate change

Climate change is a difficult subject to grasp but natural disasters from flooding in the UK to hurricanes and tsunamis around the...

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Feeding ducks bread may harm them as well as waterways.

A mallard duck. Conservationists say feeding duck breads is harming them and other waterfowl and also polluting waterways. Switch to...…

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Biodiversity loses to motorway development

I am going to Yasuni National Park in a couple of days to explore the diversity of termites. The decision to develop a motorway through...

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Yasuni- biodiversity hotspot and the oil companies' dream

Yasuni in Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse locations on Earth and home to several indigenous tribes. However, for several decades...

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Genetics of an island nation

A new genetic study published in Nature today shows that prior to the 20th century the British Isles had regional genetic variations....

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The versatility of oil palm- the peril of tropical forests

I have just come back from a trip to South America where I am working with farmers and the fertility of their soils. Although many...

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Divest from dirty fossil fuels....or perish

Probably one of the more revered pieces of paper out there: an Oxford degree. But if Oxford University vetoes the divestment plea and...

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Transparent, coloured 'solar glass' panels secure another £8m fund

A company that spun out of Oxford University has engineered transparent solar panels, and their ‘solar glass’ can be dyed almost any...

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Slug invasion: the dangers of slugs and slug pellets

Another scare mongering 'invasion of the insects' story, this time not about spiders in our homes, but slugs in our gardens. I was glad...

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Renewable Energy Tipping Point

The falling price of renewables, the rising costs of fossil fuels, and a more amenable political climate - three reasons why we might...

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Photographing the last iceberg

Can we use photography to battle climate change? Camille Seaman, photographer and TED Senior Fellow, thinks so.

The San Francisco...

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The Guardian gives the climate threat the prominent platform it urgently needs

The Guardian’s editor-in-chief will step down after 20 years. At the start of Alan Rusbridger’s editorship the Guardian was another...

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Species flourishing in urban areas

This article describes how some species have come to flourish in urban areas. With habitat destruction in their usual habitats animals,...

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Put THIRST needs first, to prepare for impending water wars

The post 9/11 world is one of paranoia, chemical weapons, drone attacks, Islamaphobia, rising political extremism, and declining...

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Head of US Senate environment committee "disproves" climate change

What’s all this hyped-up nonsense about war, conflict, bloodshed? I just walked across the street in Oxford and I wasn’t killed....

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Survival of woodland plants at risk from climate change

Scientists have found that some trees, including oak, are predicted to leaf earlier in the spring. The effect of earlier leafing may be...

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Slime mold and musician play "biomusic" duet.

In a creative collaboration that truly pushes the boundaries, musician and professor Eduardo Miranda will enlist a fungus (at the core...

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