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Better health – for people and the planet – grows on trees

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Better health – for people and the planet – grows on trees

Tropical fruit trees can improve health, reduce hunger, boost incomes and fight climate change. So why don’t we grow and eat more?

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

Butterfly species that mostly rely on finding shade to keep cool are at a greater risk of population decline due to climate change and habitat loss.

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BES response to the UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report

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BES response to the UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report

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How fish stocks will change in warming seas

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How fish stocks will change in warming seas

New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.

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Childhood connection to nature has many benefits but is not universally positive, finds review

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Childhood connection to nature has many benefits but is not universally positive, finds review

Children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it, but this connection is complex and can also generate negative emotions linked to issues like climate change.

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Learning about penguin’s diet may save marine life, study finds

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Learning about penguin’s diet may save marine life, study finds

Researchers at Monash University and Phillip Island Nature Parks develop a novel index to determine the prey availability of little penguins which can help inform the sustainable future of their food supply.

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Severe coral loss leaves reefs with larger fish but low energy turnover

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Severe coral loss leaves reefs with larger fish but low energy turnover

Research on the Great Barrier Reef has found severe coral loss to be associated with substantial increases in the size of large, long-living herbivorous fish. However, decreased recycling of this fish biomass could leave the ecosystem vulnerable to crashing.

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Wolf spiders may turn to cannibalism in a warming Arctic

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Wolf spiders may turn to cannibalism in a warming Arctic

Wolf spiders in a warming Arctic are getting bigger, reproducing more and eating different foods. Including other spiders.

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Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change and Biodiversity Challenges: Call for Expertise

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Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change and Biodiversity Challenges: Call for Expertise

The BES is calling for expertise for nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation.

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Climate change unlikely to drive sugar maples north

Climate change unlikely to drive sugar maples north

Sugar maples won’t be heading north anytime soon, despite climate change, according to a new study.

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Plant-eating insects disrupt ecosystems and contribute to climate change

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Plant-eating insects disrupt ecosystems and contribute to climate change

Plant-eating insects affect forest ecosystems considerably more than previously thought.

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Changing the tide

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Changing the tide

The need for ‘collaborative solutions’ to the twin challenges of the biodiversity and climate crises.

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New study measures how much of corals’ nutrition come from hunting

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New study measures how much of corals’ nutrition come from hunting

Research reveals that corals source more nutrients than previously thought from hunting, information that may help predict the fate of coral reefs as global ocean temperatures rise.

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Species on the move

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Species on the move

Social media posts help researchers to discover climate change is to blame for displacement of 55 species in UK.

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