This is an image of illegal mining of gold in the immediate surroundings of the Amapá National Forest. Credit: Érico Kauano New research published in the open access peer-reviewed journal PeerJ uses law enforcement data collected from 2010 to 2015 to understand the geographical distribution of the illegal use of natural resources across the region’s

This schematic shows the settlement history of Newfoundland encompassing occupations by at least three distinct cultural groups: MA, Dorset Palaeoeskimo, and Beothuk. Credit: Produced by Deirdre Elliott with QGIS 2.18.44, and data from Stephen Hull and Natural Earth. Indigenous people have been on the far northeastern edge of Canada for most of the last 10,000

Model simulation of the hydroxyl radical concentration in the atmosphere. Credit: Angharad Stell, University of Bristol. Since 2007, scientists have been searching to find the cause of a sudden and unexpected global rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, following almost a decade in which concentrations had stayed relatively constant. Recent studies have explored

Research station in Malaysia used by researchers for measurements. Credit: Bill Sturges/UEA “Ozone depletion is a well-known phenomenon and, thanks to the success of the Montreal Protocol, is widely perceived as a problem solved,” says University of East Anglia’s David Oram. But an international team of researchers, led by Oram, has now found an unexpected,

Figure 3 from the paper: Simulated changes in climatic controls on hurricane activity between the Younger Dryas (YD, 12.0-12.5 ka) and early Holocene (EH, 10.2-10.8 ka). A: Spatial difference in storm season surface temperature (Tsfc). B: Spatial difference in genesis potential index (GPI), averaged for each Transient Climate Evolution Experiment (TraCE) interval (see text). C:

The researchers planted out different wheat plants in the test field in China. Credit: Jacob Weiner Survival of the fittest is a fundamental concept in Darwin’s theory of natural selection which drives evolution. However, when it comes to agriculture and plantbreeding, the traits which make a single plant individual a good competitor and increases its

A new study finds temperature variability will increase in some regions (shown in red) as Earth warms, even as global variability declines. Credit: Duke University, Nature Climate Change Many tropical or subtropical regions could see sharp increases in natural temperature variability as Earth’s climate warms over coming decades, a new Duke University-led study suggests. These

Transmittance electron microscopic image of the composite photocatalyst with two components, black phosphorus (BP) and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4). Credit: Osaka University Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and is considered by many to be a potential clean fuel of the future. Water and fossil fuels contain large amounts of hydrogen, but

New results challenge the existing paradigm that late model diesel cars are associated, in general, with far higher PM emission rates. Credit: © Tomasz Zajda / Fotolia Modern diesel cars emit less pollution generally than cars that run on gasoline, says a new six-nation study published today in Scientific Reports whose groundwork was laid in

A new study from ORNL shows the far-reaching impacts of US cities’ energy consumption on regional ecosystems. Urban areas cover only about 5 percent of the Southeast’s landscape but cities’ water and energy infrastructures often extend well beyond urban areas as power plants (represented as black dots) are distributed throughout the entire region. Credit: Ryan

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