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Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Image copyright Trustees of the NHM Image caption The bones were also chewed but these are not teeth marks A series of zig-zag marks on a human bone found in a UK cave is evidence of a cannibalistic ritual that took place some 15,000 years ago. Scientists have long recognised that cannibals operated at Gough’s […]

‘Unusual’ Greenland wildfires linked to peat

‘Unusual’ Greenland wildfires linked to peat

Image copyright Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast Company Image caption Smouldering fires in Greenland are believed to be burning peat New images have been released of wildfires that continue to burn close to the Greenland ice sheet, on the country’s west coast. Fires are rare on an island where 80% of the land is covered by […]

First ‘winged’ mammals flew over dinosaurs

First ‘winged’ mammals flew over dinosaurs

Image copyright April I. Neander/UChicago Image caption The new species of winged-mammal Maiopatagium in a Jurassic forest Fossils of the first “winged” mammals, from 160 million years ago, have been discovered in China. They reveal that mammal ancestors evolved to glide between trees in a similar way to some mammals today. This adds to evidence […]

Penguin feathers record migration route

Penguin feathers record migration route

Image copyright Chinstraps How do you trace where a penguin has swum across the vastness of the Southern Ocean? The surprising answer is from the chemistry of a single tail feather. Incredibly, specific compounds in penguin feather proteins allow scientists to track the birds’ migration over many hundreds of kilometres. The plumage records a kind […]

‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Image copyright JUNGFRAUJOCH Image caption The air monitoring station at Jungfraujoch, in Switzerland, has detected the Italian emissions for nine years Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming […]

‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Image copyright JUNGFRAUJOCH Image caption The air monitoring station at Jungfraujoch, in Switzerland, has detected the Italian emissions for nine years Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming […]

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Image copyright SPL Image caption The UK’s improved record of recycling in recent years means there is less waste for burning A boom in incinerator-building could make it impossible for the UK to meet future targets for recycling, a report says. The consultancy Eunomia says waste companies constructing new incinerators will need waste to feed […]

Extreme weather ‘could kill up to 152,000 a year’ in Europe by 2100

Extreme weather ‘could kill up to 152,000 a year’ in Europe by 2100

Image copyright AFP Image caption Heat waves will cause most weather-related deaths if measures are not taken, the study says Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say. The number is 50 times more deaths than reported […]

Extreme weather ‘could kill up to 152,000 a year’ in Europe by 2100

Extreme weather ‘could kill up to 152,000 a year’ in Europe by 2100

Image copyright AFP Image caption Heat waves will cause most weather-related deaths if measures are not taken, the study says Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say. The number is 50 times more deaths than reported […]

Extreme weather ‘could kill up to 152,000 a year’ in Europe by 2100

Extreme weather ‘could kill up to 152,000 a year’ in Europe by 2100

Image copyright AFP Image caption Heat waves will cause most weather-related deaths if measures are not taken, the study says Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say. The number is 50 times more deaths than reported […]