Category: Nature

Monkeys Can Make Stone Tools, Too

Monkeys Can Make Stone Tools, Too

When these monkeys bang rocks together, they make stone flakes that resemble those archaeologists believe humans made two million to three million years ago.

Transylvania Cave Offers a View Into Europe’s Past Climate

Transylvania Cave Offers a View Into Europe’s Past Climate

Romania’s Scarisoara Ice Cave holds the world’s oldest cave glacier, built up by water dripping into the cavern over thousands of years. The region’s weather is shaped by the currents of both the Atlantic...

The Secret to a Better Battery Might Just Be Floating in Thin Air

The Secret to a Better Battery Might Just Be Floating in Thin Air

A battery that relies on the most common gas in Earth’s atmosphere may be a more environmentally friendly way to produce and store power, but there are some bugs to work out, Chinese scientists...

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Shutters Diesel Power Plant

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Shutters Diesel Power Plant

America’s first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, Rhode Island. Diesel releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other common petroleum-based fuel except...

What’s air pollution like where you are? Share your experiences

What’s air pollution like where you are? Share your experiences

Air pollution has risen by 8% in in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, according to the WHO. We want to explore its impact on the daily lives of...

Obama puts Arctic Ocean off limits for drilling in last-ditch barrier to Trump

Obama puts Arctic Ocean off limits for drilling in last-ditch barrier to Trump

Barack Obama’s administration has ruled out drilling for oil and gas in the pristine Arctic Ocean, throwing up a last-ditch barrier to the pro-fossil fuels agenda of incoming president Donald Trump. The removal of...

Drama and tension help Attenborough’s Planet Earth II show nature’s glory

Drama and tension help Attenborough’s Planet Earth II show nature’s glory

The technological developments that make the series so visually stunning have helped here; smaller, lighter cameras and HD formats can bring us closer to the animals, giving us an unprecedented intimacy with their world....

Is there a plan B for elephants? The next step in saving them is even harder

Is there a plan B for elephants? The next step in saving them is even harder

It appears inevitable now that almost all legal domestic ivory markets will be closed. This is the plan A of a large consortium of animal rights and welfare organisations aimed at stopping elephant poaching...

UK should retain carbon price floor to support coal phase-out – report

UK should retain carbon price floor to support coal phase-out – report

Policy Exchange has become the latest organisation to call for the retention of the UK’s carbon price floor ahead of next week’s autumn statement, arguing changes to the policy would seriously undermine the government’s...