People are altering decomposition rates in waterways

Humans may be accelerating the rate at which organic matter decomposes in rivers and streams on a global scale, according to a new study. That...

Work revives dew ponds in Sussex

Eight derelict dew ponds have been lovingly restored and are now thriving with new life, thanks to funding of over £90,000 from the South...

Tiny crop-health sensors could help cut the cost of groceries

A compact, lightweight sensor system with infrared imaging capabilities could be easily fitted to a drone for remote crop monitoring, according to the...

How will climate change affect microplastics already in the environment?

Understanding why climate change might contribute to increasing plastic pollution is the focus of a new research project starting this month at the University...

Report highlights risks to effectiveness of BNG legislation

There are risks to the long-term effectiveness of the government's new Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) policy, launched in February, according to a 17 May...

Researchers decipher how insects smell more with less

Receptors on fly antennae work in pairs to process odour information Whether it’s the wafting aroma of our favorite meal or the dangerous fumes seeping...

New Environment Agency excavation unearths Roman taste for oysters

A Roman oyster processing site has been uncovered during the building of a major coastal re-alignment scheme in the North-East of England. The scheme...

$3.7m crop lab will create food for ‘tomorrow’s atmosphere today’

A new $3.7m facility at the University of Essex aims to make it possible to adapt plants for a hotter drier climate, preventing threats...

Oxygen enigma: insights could help assess the liveability of other planets

New insights into Earth's carbon cycle help resolve the longstanding mystery of what caused the rise in atmospheric oxygen levels that presaged the explosion...

Island bats are valuable allies for farmers

The 17th April is international bat appreciation day and a new study has highlighted how these secretive mammals can be valuable allies for farmers,...

Defra appoints ecological consultancy as ‘responsible body’ to work with landowners

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has appointed a new ‘responsible body’. Ecological consultancy RSK Biocensus – and specifically its biodiversity...

Pristine peatland offers glimpse into pre-industrial atmosphere

Pre-industrial aerosol formation processes appear to be revealed by a study conducted in a pristine Finnish peatland. The investigation aimed to understand atmospheric particle...

Technology will boost real-time monitoring of remote peatlands

Researchers will develop new ways to monitor carbon emissions from vast swathes of peatland after winning almost half a million pounds to develop new...

How much dam water is needed for fish and energy?

Research into water flow and fish passage through dams in the US suggests new options for meeting energy and environmental needs, writes Alexandra Freibott...

Conservation charity launches Scottish Oil Beetle Hunt for 2024

UK conservation charity Buglife’s citizen science project, the Scottish Oil Beetle Hunt, is issuing a call for help. "As part of the partnership programme,...

First demonstration that forests trap airborne microplastics

A research group in Japan has demonstrated that airborne microplastics adsorb to the epicuticular wax on the surface of forest canopy leaves, and that...

Carbon credits would enable restoration of UK saltmarshes, says CEH study

While the marshes may have meant danger for Pip in Great Expectations, these wetland habitats are important wildlife havens and mitigate climate change. However, since...

Reviving England’s rivers: recommendations include Incentivising farmers and comprehensive monitoring

At the close of 2023, Defra asked the British Ecological Society to bring together nearly 40 experts, to collate expert opinion on freshwater policy...

Blenheim Estate project aims to boost reforestation effectiveness

Innovative farming methods will be used to help address the affects of climate change, in a new project announced on 21 March by Blenheim...

Parliamentary recognition of the importance and decline of invertebrates

The importance of invertebrates to the environment and food security has received a significant mark of recognition from the House of Commons Science, Innovation...