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13 Jun 2019

Selective logging will not be enough to sustain timber production in Amazonia

Amazonian forests are unlikely to provide enough timber to meet current demand over the long term, even with the use of improved logging practices. That is a key finding of a new study led by the Tropical managed Forests Observatory (TmFO), published today in Environmental Research Letters. Dr Camille Piponiot, junior scientist from the University...

07 Jun 2019

Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

Large parts of Asian Russia could become more habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to...

03 May 2019

How could a changing climate affect human fertility?

Human adaptation to climate change may include changes in fertility, according to a new study by an international group of researchers. They found that, through its economic effects, climate change could have a substantial impact on fertility, as people decide how much time and money they devote to child-rearing, and whether to use those resources...

30 Apr 2019

Summer extremes of 2018 linked to stalled giant waves in jet stream

Record breaking heatwaves and droughts in North America and Western Europe, torrential rainfalls and floods in South-East Europe and Japan – the summer of 2018 brought a series of extreme weather events that occurred almost simultaneously around the Northern Hemisphere in June and July. These extremes had something in common, a new study published today...

17 Apr 2019

NASA study verifies global warming trends

A new study by researchers from NASA has verified the accuracy of recent global warming figures. The team used measurements of the ‘skin’ temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from 2003 to 2017. They compared these with station-based analyses of surface air temperature anomalies –...

22 Feb 2019

Pharmaceutical residues in fresh water pose a growing environmental risk

Over the past 20 years, concentrations of pharmaceuticals have increased in freshwater sources all over the world, research by environmental experts at Radboud University has revealed. Levels of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin have reached the point of potentially causing damaging ecological effects. The research is the first to examine the risks of two particular medicines in...

04 Jan 2019

Sustainable choices on palm oil must be easier for consumers, says new study

Consumer goods companies and retailers need to be upfront about where palm oil in their products comes from to relieve consumers of the burden of making sustainable choices. That is a key finding of new research from the University of Cambridge (UK). It publishes today in Environmental Research Letters. Palm oil production causes deforestation, greenhouse...

19 Dec 2018

‘Pause’ in global warming was never real, new research proves

Claims of a ‘pause’ in observed global temperature warming are comprehensively disproved in a pair of new studies published today. An international team of climate researchers reviewed existing data and studies and reanalysed them. They concluded there has never been a statistically significant ‘pause’ in global warming.  This conclusion holds whether considering the `pause’ as...

29 Nov 2018

Trio of new journals publish their first papers

The first content has been published in three new additions to IOP Publishing’s journal portfolio – Electronic Structure, JPhys Energy and Plasma Research Express. The three journals were launched to cater for the needs of specific research communities. The first issue of Electronic Structure contains articles from six countries using both experimental and computational techniques,...

23 Nov 2018

Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work?

A program to reduce Earth’s heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain secret. Those are the key findings of new research published today in Environmental Research Letters, which looked at the capabilities and costs of various methods...

11 Oct 2018

‘Sentinels of the sea’ at risk from changing climate

Climate change’s effect on coastal ecosystems is very likely to increase mortality risks of adult oyster populations in the next 20 years. That is the finding of a new study led by the University of Nantes, the LEMAR (the Marine Environmental Science Laboratory) in Plouzané and the Cerfacs (European center for research and advanced training...

18 Sep 2018

Meet the new guardians of the ocean – robot jellyfish

New robot jellyfish could be the key to monitoring and caring for fragile parts of the world’s oceans without damaging them. The robots were developed by a team of US scientists, from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the US Office of Naval Research. They were designed to be able to swim freely, steer from side...