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The challenge of growing enough food to sustain an ever-expanding population has led the Chinese government to look at creative solutions to reform farming in the country.[more]

One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found.[more]

Past mass extinctions may have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, according to a new study. [more]

The mass movement of humans and animals is significantly affecting the distribution of essential microorganisms, scientists warn. [more]

Seismic surveys challenge the view that recent slowdowns in Greenland’s ice flow will continue in the long term, says a new study. [more]

The Cohen geochemistry group are presenting at Goldschmidt 2017 in Paris, details of talks and posters can found below. Talks: Particulate Geochemistry and Algal Growth as Factors Driving Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet...[more]

Of all the species that have ever lived, more than 99% are now extinct. Most of them quietly disappeared during periods of “background extinction”, whereby a handful of species become extinct every 100,000 years or so. [more]

The Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Clark Ross, Credit: British Antarctic Survey

A new £10 million research programme to investigate how the Arctic Ocean is changing has launched its first cruise to the Barents Sea.  The Changing Arctic Oceans research programme aims to generate a better understanding...[more]

Billions of years ago the young planet Earth was much different from the one we inhabit today, with wildly fluctuating surface temperatures and an atmosphere and oceans filled with gases toxic to life as we know it. [more]

A new study published recently in Nature Communications highlights the importance of Antarctic ice sheet advance in causing changes in the Pacific ocean during the decent into the ice ages, at the Plio-Pleistocene Transition (3.2...[more]