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UK fishing industry ‘will need EU market access’ post Brexit

UK fishing industry ‘will need EU market access’ post Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The House of Lords report says that it fears the UK fishing industry might be marginalised in Brexit negotiations The UK fishing industry will need continued access to EU markets if it is to thrive after Brexit, a House of Lords report has warned. It also warns that Britain […]

Antarctic ‘pole of ignorance’ finally addressed

Antarctic ‘pole of ignorance’ finally addressed

Image copyright POLARGAP Image caption It took several years to organise the permissions to fly into the South Pole The last major unknown region on Earth has just been surveyed: the South Pole. Although the Americans have had a base at the bottom of the planet for decades, what lies underneath the thick ice there […]

Mexico bid to save world’s smallest vaquita porpoise

Mexico bid to save world’s smallest vaquita porpoise

Image copyright Tom Jefferson Mexican authorities and scientists are trying to save the world’s smallest porpoise by capturing illegal “ghost” fishing nets. They have managed to remove more than 100 dumped or lost nets left floating in the sea from October to December. Local fishermen and conservationists helped to trawl 11,814km (7,340 miles) in the […]

Antarctic ‘pole of ignorance’ finally addressed

Antarctic ‘pole of ignorance’ finally addressed

Image copyright POLARGAP Image caption It took several years to organise the permissions to fly into the South Pole The last major unknown region on Earth has just been surveyed: the South Pole. Although the Americans have had a base at the bottom of the planet for decades, what lies underneath the thick ice there […]

Road-free areas need better protection, study says

Road-free areas need better protection, study says

Image copyright Pierre Ibisch Image caption Wilderness area in Blue Mountains National Park, Australia A global map of areas without roads shows large tracts of wilderness remain unprotected. International recognition and protection of such areas is urgently needed to halt their continued loss, say scientists. Roads may introduce many problems to nature, including deforestation, pollution […]

Former Nasa chief scientist says access to federal data is critical

Former Nasa chief scientist says access to federal data is critical

Image copyright NOAA Image caption Data including information on sea surface temperature is collected by Federal agencies Limiting access to federal research would do an “enormous disservice” to the US and the world according to former Nasa chief scientist. Dr Waleed Abdalati told the BBC the that continued access to data is in “everyone’s best […]

Earth’s driest desert once had lakes

Earth’s driest desert once had lakes

Image copyright Other Image caption Scientists think that ancient lakes could have supported settlers from the north The driest desert on Earth may once have had lakes and wetlands, scientists report. They have found the remnants of freshwater plants and animals buried in the arid plains of Chile’s Atacama Desert. This watery period dates to […]

Light pollution dampens urban robins’ song

Light pollution dampens urban robins’ song

Image copyright SPL The song and behaviour of the UK’s favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution. That is according to research from Southampton University, which revealed how robins are affected by night-time lighting and road noise in a city park. They measured how much the quality of robin territory was affected […]

Sentinels map Earth’s slow surface warping

Sentinels map Earth’s slow surface warping

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: The Sentinel radar satellites produce prodigious volumes of data British researchers are now routinely mapping a great swathe of Earth’s surface, looking for the subtle warping that ultimately leads to quakes. The team is processing satellite images to show how rocks in a belt that stretches from Europe’s Alps […]

Light pollution dampens urban robins’ song

Light pollution dampens urban robins’ song

Image copyright SPL The song and behaviour of the UK’s favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution. That is according to research from Southampton University, which revealed how robins are affected by night-time lighting and road noise in a city park. They measured how much the quality of robin territory was affected […]