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Diseases spread to wild bees

Diseases that have affected managed honeybee colonies for a number of years have now spread to wild bees, according to new research.

19 Feb 2014

Podcast: Rats, mice and the diseases they give us

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Mike Begon, Andy Fenton and Federico Costa of the University of Liverpool describe the work they're doing to understand how infections like Weil's disease and bubonic plague move from rodents to people.

18 Feb 2014

Did humans transport Stonehenge rocks further than previously thought?

Scientists have pinpointed the exact source of many of the rocks used to build Stonehenge.

17 Feb 2014

Floods caused lead poisoning in UK cattle

A case of lead poisoning that killed two young cattle on a West Wales farm was caused by contaminated flood deposits, new research has revealed.

11 Feb 2014

Drought leaches carbon from Amazon

A drought in 2010 caused the Amazon basin to release more carbon into the atmosphere than it took in, new research has revealed.

5 Feb 2014

Podcast: Why the River Thames faces a pollution crackdown

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Paul Whitehead of the University of Oxford and Mark Barnett of the Environment Agency explain why the UK's River Thames will fail to meet new pollution standards unless farmers and water companies take radical action.

4 Feb 2014

Studies highlight differences between banned pesticides

Two separate studies have added new weight to the idea that some varieties of controversial neonicotinoid pesticides are less harmful to bees than others.

21 Jan 2014

Abundant bugs bring better apples

Apples from trees pollinated by insects are bigger, rounder, and more desirable, according to new research.

15 Jan 2014

Benefits of falling nitrogen pollution understated - Report

Falling levels of nitrogen in the atmosphere across Europe may be much more economically beneficial than previously believed, according to a recent study.

14 Jan 2014

Glacier's retreat is now irreversible

Pine Island Glacier, the largest single contributor to sea-level rise in Antarctica, has started shrinking, say scientists.

13 Jan 2014