National flower count reveals Spring is breaking earlier than 2010
A 17 per cent increase in the number of flowering plants and bulbs in bloom suggests that this year's spring is arriving earlier than 2010, according to the annual flower count in National Trust gardens.
Global sulphur emissions increase after a decade of decline
After declining for a decade, new analysis shows the worldwide emissions of sulphur is back on the increase due largely to international shipping and the growing Chinese economy.
Eco-friendly LED products contain toxic metals, study finds
Light-emitting diodes marketed as safe, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional lightbulbs actually contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially hazardous substances, according to newly published re
Beijing Olympics' anti-pollution legacy halved cancer risk, study
The air pollution control measures that were put in place in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games – if continued – would cut almost in half the lifetime risk of lung cancer for the area's residents from certain inh
World's first air-purifying dress for eco-conscious fashion followers
A revolutionary new concept in textile production has led to the creation of the world’s first “air purifying” dress.
Wind farms disrupt local weather with warming effect, study finds
New research indicates that large-scale wind farms may influence local weather by altering the localised day and night temperatures by as much as 1˚C.
Lowering speed limits can actually increase traffic emissions
Researchers have investigated the impact of reducing speed limits on traffic emissions using two different models, but the models produced some contradictory results. The researchers therefore warn policy makers to inter
Report reveals 2010 is among deadliest years for disasters
Last year was one of the deadliest years for natural disasters in the past two decades and unless better preparations are put in place now, many more disasters can be expected in years to come, the UN’s top disaster re
Man-made climate change started 8,000 years ago, suggests study
Researchers believe man has influenced the climate from as long ago as 6000BC after evidence was found of significant amounts of carbon being built up in the atmosphere.
Researchers plot 800 years of CO2 releases on Earth
Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes had an impact on the global carbon cycle as big as today's annual demand for gasoline. The Black Death, on the other hand, came and went too quickly for it to cause much of a blip in t
Arctic warming could far exceed current forecasts, study warns
A new analysis of the Northern Hemisphere's "albedo feedback" over a 30-year period concludes that the region's loss of reflectivity due to snow and sea ice decline is more than double what state-of-the-art climate m
Organic is best as study links climate change with milk quality
Wetter, cooler summers can have a detrimental effect on the milk we drink, according to new research published by Newcastle University.
Changes in ocean currents more dramatic than first thought, study
The unusually cold weather this winter has been caused by a change in the winds. Instead of the typical westerly winds warmed by Atlantic surface ocean currents, cold northerly Arctic winds are influencing much of Europe
Warming climate means red deer rutting season arrives early
Wild red deer on the remote Scottish Isle of Rum are rutting earlier in the year providing rare evidence that the changing climate is affecting mammals.
Energy efficiency measures will make plug-in motors too costly
California policies aimed at reducing electricity use and curbing greenhouse gas emissions have the unintended consequence of making new plug-in hybrid vehicles uneconomical, according to a Purdue University economist.