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UK's most wanted...

You've probably heard of the harlequin ladybird and you've certainly seen a grey squirrel, but what about others that might be on their way?

22 Sep 2017

Microplastics in the bellies of creatures living at the bottom of the ocean

Around half of marine creatures living at depths of more than 2,000 metres in the North Atlantic could be eating microplastic material, marine scientists have discovered.

18 Sep 2017

30 years of healing the ozone layer

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The signing of the Montreal Protocol was a landmark political event. The treaty is the first in the history of the United Nations to achieve universal ratification. Environmental science made it happen.

11 Sep 2017

Biodiversity detectives!

Take a look at some of the amazing techniques scientists use to follow nature's clues.

8 Sep 2017

Down in the bottom of the deep blue sea

Deep sea covers most of our planet and yet we know more about the surface of the moon than its dark depths.

15 Aug 2017

Uncovering changing climate in the UK's seas, coasts and oceans

Climate change is having important effects on UK seas and coastlines and these have been brought together by the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) in their report published today.

28 Jul 2017

Making clean growth happen

How cutting-edge environmental research supports the growth of the UK economy.

21 Jul 2017

Green and Black Ambassadors

In early 2017 NERC funded 18 projects to engage the UK public with environmental science around challenging issues.

17 Jul 2017

New £10 million Changing Arctic Ocean research programme kicks off

More than 20 researchers from 16 UK research institutes, including British Antarctic Survey, will join forces on board the RRS James Clark Ross to investigate the knock-on effects of rapid warming and sea-ice loss in the Arctic region.

10 Jul 2017

Do neonicotinoids have a sting in their tail?

Today, the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has published the results from its large-scale neonicotinoid field study.

30 Jun 2017