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DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

Image copyright Brock Fenton Image caption A common vampire bat going out for its nocturnal hunt DNA analysis is giving clues to how the vampire bat can survive on blood alone. The bat can drink up to half its weight in blood a day unlike other relatives, which dine on fruit, nectar or insects. Blood […]

France to let wolf population grow despite farmers’ fears

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption After being wiped out by hunters in the 1930, wolves returned to France in the 1990s France is to allow the wolf population to grow from about 360 now to 500 by 2023, despite protests from farmers worried about their livestock. A new plan announced by the government represents […]

Consumer products’ air quality impact ‘underestimated’

Image copyright Getty Images US research has found that chemicals in everyday household products are now a key contributor to city air pollution, rivalling some vehicle emissions. The study, led from Colorado University, focussed on so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are contained in petroleum-based products such as cleaning fluids and paints, and when they […]

Consumer products’ air quality impact ‘underestimated’

Image copyright Getty Images US research has found that chemicals in everyday household products are now a key contributor to city air pollution, rivalling some vehicle emissions. The study, led from Colorado University, focussed on so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are contained in petroleum-based products such as cleaning fluids and paints, and when they […]

Consumer products’ air quality impact ‘underestimated’

Image copyright Getty Images US research has found that chemicals in everyday household products are now a key contributor to city air pollution, rivalling some vehicle emissions. The study, led from Colorado University, focussed on so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are contained in petroleum-based products such as cleaning fluids and paints, and when they […]

Consumer products’ air quality impact ‘underestimated’

Image copyright Getty Images US research has found that chemicals in everyday household products are now a key contributor to city air pollution, rivalling some vehicle emissions. The study, led from Colorado University, focussed on so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are contained in petroleum-based products such as cleaning fluids and paints, and when they […]

Pollution blights UK seagrass meadows

Image copyright R.UNSWORTH Image caption Shutting out the light: Algae attach themselves to the leaves of seagrass plants Pollution is having a damaging impact on UK seagrass meadow health, a new study has found. Scientists based in Wales have shown that excessive amounts of nitrogen present in sewage and livestock waste is finding its way […]

‘100,000 orangutans’ killed in 16 years

Media captionBornean orangutans’ forest habitat is changing at an “unsustainable rate” More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”. Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and paper mills, continues to be […]

UK air pollutants continue decline

Image copyright Getty Images Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics. However, the UK remains in breach of European limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) in 16 cities. Nonetheless, environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries. The reduction is thought […]

Probe provides rapid lung investigation

Media captionScientists have developed a lung probe that finds infections Scientists have developed a probe that for the first time goes inside the lung to find bacterial infections. Currently, this is done by sending samples to a laboratory and waiting several days for the results. The new approach was inspired by the 1960s film Fantastic […]

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