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Ship noise puts fish in danger

Noise made by passing ships stops eels from using their survival instincts, say NERC-supported scientists investigating the effects of man-made noise on fish.

7 Aug 2014

Taking the environment's pulse

Long-term observation of our ecosystems is critical for us to understand environmental change. Andy Sier looks back on the contribution of 20 years of observation and research by the Environmental Change Network.

1 Aug 2014

Coastal defences could contribute to flooding with sea-level rise

A combination of coastal defences and rising sea levels could change typical UK tidal ranges, potentially leading to a higher risk of flooding, say scientists.

1 Aug 2014

Podcast: Using X-rays to look inside ancient leaves

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Roy Wogelius and Nick Edwards of the University of Manchester explain how they used extremely bright light from particle accelerators to delve into the chemistry of exceptionally well preserved fossil leaves from the Green River Formation in the US.

22 Jul 2014

Ancient grassland species take a century to return

Old chalk grasslands that have been disturbed by farming can take more than a hundred years to recover their full diversity of plants, new research shows.

22 Jul 2014

Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance

Wastewater treatment plants could be unwittingly helping to spread antibiotic resistance, say scientists.

21 Jul 2014

Third-hand tobacco smoke threatens child health

Third-hand smoke is a problem even in the homes of non-smokers, say scientists researching the level of carcinogenic tobacco compounds found in house dust.

17 Jul 2014

Podcast: How an urban meadow is boosting biodiversity

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Helen Hoyle of the University of Sheffield and Jim Harris from Cranfield University describe what a strip of land in Luton, southeast England, is doing for urban biodiversity.

8 Jul 2014

Litter now everywhere in the ocean

Litter is now found in even the most remote areas of the oceans, say scientists trying to understand how much rubbish is lying at the bottom of Europe's seas.

8 Jul 2014

Hot mud - Cold seeps

We're still learning about the amazing life around hot springs on the deep seabed - but other kinds of hydrothermal vent are even more mysterious. James Bell describes recent work on the unique animals that live there.

4 Jul 2014