Jodi Mason

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Impact of lions living alongside giraffe populations

New research is calling for an urgent review into how populations of giraffes are managed in the wild when living alongside lions.

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of winemaking: Discovery of 8,000-year-old wine production in ancient Middle East

Discovery of 8,000-year-old wine production in ancient Middle East<p>Excavations in the Republic of Georgia have uncovered evidence of the earliest …

Middle East

Coyotes and red foxes may coexist within urban landscapes: Different habitat types help partition coyote and red fox ranges in urban areas

Different habitat types help partition coyote and red fox ranges in urban areas<p>Coyotes and red foxes may select different types of habitats for their …

Ecology

Who's a good boy? Why 'dog-speak' is important for bonding with your pet

Scientists have shown that the way we speak to our canine friends is important in relationship-building between pet and owner, similar to the way …

Get Used to Nor'easters — Arctic Warming May Mean More Severe Winters in the Northeast

As average temperatures rise across the planet, the frozen Arctic is heating up faster than anywhere else.<p>With that warmth comes a surprising twist: …

From Almonds To Rice, Climate Change Could Slash California Crop Yields By 2050

Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in California by up to 40 percent by 2050. That's a big deal for farmers in the state, which provides about two-thirds of the nation's produce.<p>California farmers grow more than 400 commodity crops. Tapan Pathak, a University of California …

Agriculture

Grass Is Back In The Chesapeake, And Crabs Will Follow

For scientists who monitor the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary, simply watching grass grow underwater can be very, very exciting.<p>The floor of the Chesapeake Bay off Solomon's Island "had no grass since 1972," says Robert Orth, a marine scientist at the College of William …

Farming

This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.<p>Chinook salmon are also known as kings: the …

Pacific Ocean

Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest

KAKUMA, Kenya — These barren plains of sand and stone have always known lean times: times when the rivers run dry and the cows wither day by day, until their bones are scattered under the acacia trees. But the lean times have always been followed by normal times, when it rains enough to rebuild …

Horn of Africa

The defenders: recording the deaths of environmental defenders around the world

This year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian aims to record the deaths of all people killed while protecting land or natural resources. At the current rate, about four defenders will die this week somewhere on the planet<p>default

Environment

Rain or shine: new solar cell captures energy from raindrops

A solar panel that can generate electricity from falling raindrops has been invented, enabling power to flow even when skies cloud over or the sun has set.<p>Solar power installation is soaring globally thanks to costs plunging 90% in the past decade, making it the cheapest electricity in many parts …

Clean Energy

Extreme winter weather becoming more common as Arctic warms, study finds

Scientists found a strong link between high temperatures near the pole and unusually heavy snowfall and frigid weather farther south.<p>The sort of severe winter weather that has rattled parts of the US and UK is becoming more common as the Arctic warms, with scientists finding a strong link between …

Global Warming

Evidence of ancient 'geological Brexit' revealed

<b>The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier "Brexit".</b><p>They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient Britain to Europe was destroyed.<p>The researchers believe a large lake overflowed 450,000 years ago, …

Imperial College London
Anthropology
Earth Science
Insects

Seagrasses boost ecosystem health by fighting bad bacteria

<b>BOSTON —</b> For a lawn that helps the environment — and doesn’t need to be mowed — look to the ocean. Meadows of underwater seagrass plants might lower …

Plants

Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

SYDNEY, Australia — The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears.<p>But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in profound trouble.<p>Huge …

Climate Change

Carbon Dioxide Could Reach Levels Unseen in 50 Million Years

No, the headline is not a typo. Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and are on track to climb to even more ominous …

Climate Change
Endangered Species

High-tech maps of tropical forest diversity identify new conservation targets: New remote sensing maps of the forest canopy in Peru identify new regions for conservation effort

New remote sensing maps of the forest canopy in Peru identify new regions for conservation effort<p>New remote sensing maps of the forest canopy in Peru …

Location matters in the lowland Amazon

You know the old saying: Location, location, location? It turns out that it applies to the Amazon rainforest, too. New work illustrates a hidden …

Mysterious fairy circles in Namibian desert explained at last

The Namib desert is covered with regular patterns of bare circles whose origin is fiercely debated by researchers – but it now seems both leading …

Big cities warm up during the week as commuters flock in

Behold humans, the weather-makers. The crowds of commuters that pour into cities during the week can drive up the local air temperature and alter …

Longest-lasting deserts are more than 30 million years old

Central Asia may have hosted deserts for longer than anywhere on the planet – and degreening continues in this inner part of the world’s largest …

Study: Earth’s carbon points to planetary smashup

Research by Rice University Earth scientists suggests that virtually all of Earth's life-giving carbon could have come from a collision about 4.4 …

Earth Science