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Swarms Of Octopus Are Taking Over The Oceans

Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, they will amass an army and invade the land, too.


Human Ancestors Used To Be Snacks For Ice Age Predators

Humans have been fighting each other for thousands of years, but our ancestors had to worry about all sorts of savage killers. As an ancient, heavily gnawed femur bone highlights, we weren’t always at the top of the food chain.


We Are Fertilising The Heck Out Of Our Planet And That's A Bad Thing

The world is getting greener. A global analysis of satellite data finds that an area two times the size of the continental US has gone from brown to green over the past thirty years. Human carbon emissions are doing a hell of a job fertilising the planet — but we probably shouldn’t celebrate.


There's A Gigantic Reef Surrounding The Amazon River And Nobody Noticed

It’s incredible that it escaped notice for so long, but scientists have just discovered a massive, 9500 square-kilometre reef system at the mouth of the Amazon river. And it’s home to some truly bizarre life forms.


How To Tell If A Drought Is Going To Kill Off Your Trees

Droughts are hitting us harder, and they’re only going to keep on coming. But how do you know if your trees can make it through a severe drought? Now there’s a way to find out before the drought hits.


Trees Are Even More Amazing Than We Realised

Trees, is there anything they can’t do? Doubtful. Let’s see: producing half the world’s oxygen, providing habitat for millions of species, creating the soil and timber resources we depend on. Not bad. But all that’s just scratching the surface. As new research shows, there’s a lot more going on beneath the forest floor than we realised.


The Death Valley Super Bloom Is Incredible

Image Cache: Death Valley is one of the harshest environments on the planet, but you wouldn’t know it if you happened to visit last month. As weeks of El Niño-fuelled rains percolated into the soil, thousands of dormant seeds were awakened, and the barren landscape bloomed into an ocean of wildflowers.


This Is Why The Great Barrier Reef Is Dying

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most celebrated ecosystems on Earth — and it’s dying. Months of extreme heat have turned thousands of kilometres of pristine habitat into an endless watery graveyard. This year’s coral bleaching event comes as a warning. If we don’t bring carbon emissions down fast, the Great Barrier Reef will not survive the century.


Supermaterial Made From Seaweed Could Replace Bubble Wrap

As a civilisation we are blanketing our planet with plastic. One of the most frightening illustrations of this fact is a prediction that by 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish. Amazingly, a smart solution for reducing our reliance on plastic, and protecting marine life, could come from those very oceans as well.


Preserving Land Isn't Enough To Save The Tropics

The signs of human impact in the tropics are often stark. Vast tracts of forest levelled for pasture. Fires in the Amazon that are visible from space. A colossal oil spill that’s been festering for decades. But even the rainforests we set aside for preservation are slowly transforming.


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