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Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Scientists say intense eruptions took place 200 million years ago A million-year-long period of extreme volcanic activity most likely paved the way for the dawn of the dinosaurs, a study suggests. Scientists have analysed ancient rocks and have found traces of emissions from huge volcanic eruptions that happened […]

Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Scientists say intense eruptions took place 200 million years ago A million-year-long period of extreme volcanic activity most likely paved the way for the dawn of the dinosaurs, a study suggests. Scientists have analysed ancient rocks and have found traces of emissions from huge volcanic eruptions that happened […]

How cats conquered the ancient world

How cats conquered the ancient world

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The tabby is prized for its beauty The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice – in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild […]

Brexit ‘will enhance’ UK wildlife laws – Gove

Brexit ‘will enhance’ UK wildlife laws – Gove

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gove was announced as the new environment secretary following the 8 June general election Any Brexit changes to the UK’s wildlife laws will increase – not reduce – environmental protection, Michael Gove has pledged. The new Environment Secretary said he wanted to enhance current rules safeguarding Nature wherever possible. […]

Scientists fear new EU rules may ‘hide’ forest carbon loss

Scientists fear new EU rules may ‘hide’ forest carbon loss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trees are said to absorb about 10% of Europe’s carbon emissions every year Leading researchers have condemned attempts to change the way carbon from trees will be counted in Europe. The scientists fear that millions of tonnes of CO2 from forests will disappear from the books if the changes […]

Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Media captionVictoria Gill joins scientists working in the Sonoran Desert President Trump’s promise to build a “great wall” along the US-Mexico border remains one of the central and most controversial promises of his presidency. But scientists from the University of Arizona are starting to unravel the effect that such a wall could have on a […]

Scientists fear new EU rules may ‘hide’ forest carbon loss

Scientists fear new EU rules may ‘hide’ forest carbon loss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trees are said to absorb about 10% of Europe’s carbon emissions every year Leading researchers have condemned attempts to change the way carbon from trees will be counted in Europe. The scientists fear that millions of tonnes of CO2 from forests will disappear from the books if the changes […]

Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Media captionVictoria Gill joins scientists working in the Sonoran Desert President Trump’s promise to build a “great wall” along the US-Mexico border remains one of the central and most controversial promises of his presidency. But scientists from the University of Arizona are starting to unravel the effect that such a wall could have on a […]

Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Trump’s divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall

Media captionVictoria Gill joins scientists working in the Sonoran Desert President Trump’s promise to build a “great wall” along the US-Mexico border remains one of the central and most controversial promises of his presidency. But scientists from the University of Arizona are starting to unravel the effect that such a wall could have on a […]

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir John now has laboratories named after him at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has been elevated to the Companion of Honour in the Queen’s birthday list. Only 65 people, including the sovereign herself, can hold the distinction at any one time. Sir […]