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Antarctic ice loss has doubled

The Antarctic ice sheet has lost ice twice as quickly in the past three years as when it was last surveyed between 2005 and 2010, say scientists.

19 May 2014

Pumice models could help protect shipping

Scientists have used a computer model of ocean circulation to predict the movement of the rafts of floating pumice given off by an erupting underwater volcano.

19 May 2014

El NiƱo threatens food crop yields

Major disruption to global weather patterns triggered by El Niño events can reduce global yields of important food crops, say scientists.

16 May 2014

Burying carbon for good - Is the Southern Ocean up to it?

Adding iron to the Southern Ocean may not have the climate benefits that advocates of geoengineering have hoped for, a new study suggests.

15 May 2014

Podcast: The storms that hit southwest England

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Gerd Masselink and Paul Russell of Plymouth University talk about the work they're doing to assess the impacts of some of the worst winter storms on record on the communities and coastlines of southwest England.

13 May 2014

Breakthrough in understanding swarming potato blight spores

Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how microbial spores, which caused the infamous Irish potato famine are so successful at infecting plants.

13 May 2014

Global warming making wet winters more likely

Wet winters are now more likely in southern England than they would be without global warming.

30 Apr 2014

Smelly plants could be natural pest control

Bombarding whiteflies with smells from different plants may stop them damaging crops, say scientists trying to understand traditional organic farming techniques.

30 Apr 2014

Podcast: River pollution and its effects on birds

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Steve Ormerod of Cardiff University and John Clark of the RSPB explain why toxic chemicals banned long ago are still causing problems for Eurasian dippers and their chicks.

29 Apr 2014

Soil doctors

A collaboration between scientists and food suppliers is improving how we manage one of the most crucial ingredients for growing vegetables. Sue Nelson met Karl Ritz, Robert Simmons and Guy Thallon outside Cranfield University's National Soil Resources Institute, to find out about Soil for Life.

25 Apr 2014