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Precise interpolar phasing of abrupt climate change during the last ice age

A new ice core from West Antarctica shows that, during the last ice age, abrupt Northern Hemisphere climate variations were followed two centuries later by a response in Antarctica, suggesting an oceanic propagation of the climate signal to the…

Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia

Severe drought in a tropical forest ecosystem suppresses photosynthetic carbon uptake and plant maintenance respiration, but growth is maintained, suggesting that, overall, less carbon is available for tree tissue maintenance and defence, which may…

The animals and plant that can live forever

Most animals eventually get old and die. But a few lucky species don't seem to feel the weight of time, and just keep going and going

How long will life survive on planet Earth?

Life on Earth will surely be wiped out eventually. But how long does it have, and what will it take to sterilise the entire planet?

Influence of extreme weather disasters on global crop production

In recent years, several extreme weather disasters have partially or completely damaged regional crop production1, 2, 3, 4, 5. While detailed regional accounts of the effects of extreme weather disasters exist, the global scale effects of droughts,…

Intensification and spatial homogenization of coastal upwelling under climate change

An ensemble of climate models shows that by the end of the twenty-first century the coastal upwelling season near the eastern boundaries of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will start earlier, end later and become more intense at high latitudes, thus…

Fisheries: Eyes on the ocean

Sounding the alarm over global fish harvests

The best science images of 2015

From Pluto to viral structures, this year produced an array of dazzling pictures.

Global climate agreement: After the talks

The real business of decarbonization begins after an agreement is signed at the Paris climate conference, argue David G. Victor and James P. Leape.

Rogue antimatter found in thunderclouds

An inside about lightnings

Soil biodiversity and human health

Soil biodiversity sustains human health and its loss can be mitigated by sustainable management.

Climate change and the permafrost carbon feedback

A large amount of organic carbon stored in frozen Arctic soils (permafrost) could be released as carbon dioxide and methane in a warming climate, which would accelerate the pace of climate change; this review suggests that release of greenhouse gas…

Where is the windiest place on Earth?

Oklahoma, Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and a small island off the coast of Australia are all in the running

One animal is more venomous than any other

Snakes are famous for their venom, and justifiably so. But the most venomous creature of all often comes as a surprise

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The fattest animal on Earth

Is it a whale, bear, supersized walrus or something altogether unexpected?

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What's the wettest place on Earth?

There are many wet places, but which one gets the crown for being the wettest on Earth?

The most electric place on Earth

At one lake in Venezuela, lightning flashes 28 times a minute

Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes

Data from experiments that manipulated grassland biodiversity across Europe and North America show that biodiversity increases an ecosystem’s resistance to, although not resilience after, climate extremes.

Ocean impact on decadal Atlantic climate variability revealed by sea-level observations

The circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean, interpreted via the sea level gradient along the US coast, is found to respond to atmospheric drivers from the North Atlantic Oscillation, and in turn influences the oceanic temperature changes…