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A Better Way to Probe Peat

a depressional wetland in the disney wilderness preserve in florida
A depressional wetland in the Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, in September 2016. Credit: William Wright

Florida scientists use ground-penetrating radar to image underground carbon stores in the Disney Wilderness Preserve

January 10, 2018 — Millions of years before it can turn into coal, dead and decaying organic matter exists as a dark, spongy, carbon-rich material called peat. When layers of peat become saturated Continue reading A Better Way to Probe Peat

This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

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Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where global leaders are meeting for the 22nd UN climate summit (Cop22). Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP

The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity

November 8, 2016 — Almost as staggering as the current enormous influx into cities across the globe is the dramatic slowdown in urbanisation that will follow it. The world is literally going to town on urbanisation – but it is a project that is both immense and historically fleeting.  Continue reading This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction, major report shows

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A dead hedgehog trapped in an electric fence on a farm in Suffolk. Photograph: FLPA/Alamy Stock Photo

State of Nature reveals the destructive impact of intensive farming, urbanisation and climate change on plants, animals and habitats

September 14, 2016 — More than one in 10 of the UK’s wildlife species are threatened with extinction and the numbers of the nation’s most endangered creatures have plummeted by two-thirds since 1970, according to a major report.  Continue reading One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction, major report shows