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Dead zone in Gulf of Mexico twice as large as in 2012

Large dead zone in 2013 is partly due to wet spring conditions in the Mississippi watershed, which increased nutrient runoff, triggering algae blooms.<p>…

Mississippi River

Environment: News & features

Scientists call for action to tackle CO2 levels

<b>Scientists are calling on world leaders to take action on climate change after carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere broke through a symbolic threshold.</b><p>Daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.<p>Sir Brian Hoskins, the head of …

Climate Change

Cambridge-based scientists develop 'superwheat'

<b>British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could increase productivity by 30%.</b><p>The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain.<p>In early trials, the resulting crop seemed …

Administrative Law

Where not to be a mother

THE most dangerous day of a child’s life is the day it enters the world—irrespective of where it is born. More than a million children a year die on …