animals
Black Widow Spiders Are Spreading Farther North Through the US than Ever Before

Using photos snapped by citizen scientists, Canadian researchers have documented the northerly spread of black widows into regions not typically known to host these spiders, whose bites can cause severe pain. Read More >>

environment
English Hill Proudly Becomes Mountain

The little English hill known as Miller Moss is celebrating today, after a pair of hill-measuring enthusiasts found it to be one metre higher than the Ordnance Survey calculated – sneaking it over the classification boundary that divides mere hills from mountains. Read More >>

environment
Meet The Communities Fighting to Bring Back Their Stars

Those who live in urban areas inhabit a radically different night-time reality than those living far from city lights. Gaze up at the night sky from a metropolis like New York City and you’re greeted with a dusty glow punctured by a few bright pin-prick stars. Do the same from a spot only 100 miles away and the Milky Way is visible as a thick ribbon stretching across a night sky swimming in stars. Read More >>

climate change
Let’s All Take a Breath and Read That ‘Hothouse Earth’ Paper

If the past year of floods, fires, heat waves, and droughts are any indicator, climate change is going to be rough. But in case you weren’t already alarmed, a team of prominent climate scientists has penned a paper warning that just two degrees Celsius of human-caused warming could send us spiralling toward a “hothouse Earth”—one that’s up to five degrees Celsius warmer with sea levels tens of metres higher than present-day. Read More >>

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Scottish Games Cancelled for Hay

Again, we're here with some good news and some bad news about Extreme Heatwave 2018 and its effects on the country. The good news for one particular Scottish farmer is that it's been decent enough weather to get a hay crop in, the bad news is that it was so hot and dry – yes even in Scotland – that the grass grew more slowly than usual, hence the cancellation of this year's Invercharron Highland Games that really has to use that exact same hay field. Read More >>

environment
China’s Not Sending Over Enough Fans

The hot weather has brought good and bad news for the UK's electrical retailers. The good news is that sales of fans have rocketed as people turn to legacy, non-smart gadgetry to solve this summer's hot bedroom crisis. The bad news is that shops are now running out of fans because it won't stop being hot and we expect technology to solve everything. Read More >>

conservation
Native Hawaiians Turn to Ancient Traditions to Save Their Reefs

HE‘EIA, HAWAII—The mountains on the windward shores of Oahu, Hawaii, are prone to clouds. On a recent breezy summer day, though, it wasn’t water vapour that filled the air, but smoke. The mangroves were aflame. Local farmers were burning the invasive species to make room for taro, a native crop Hawaiians have grown since ancient times. Read More >>

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Scientists Want Surrey’s Oil to Stay in the Ground Over Micro-Earthquake Threat

A group of scientists have written a Very Serious Letter to The Times, warning that some towns in Surrey may continue to be gradually shaken by minor earthquakes unless the practice of extracting oil in the area is halted. Read More >>

animals
The World’s Largest King Penguin Colony Is Catastrophically Shrinking—and We Don’t Know Why

The last time scientists visited Ile aux Cochons in 1982, an island that is part of an archipelago in the southern Indian Ocean, the king penguin population was booming. Over 500,000 breeding pairs (around 2 million penguins total) huddled together there, making the island the largest king penguin colony in the world. But new research shows their numbers have been on a stiff decline since then—by as much as 88 per cent. And scientists don’t really know why. Read More >>

environment
Council Accidentally Mows Butterfly Count Meadow

A picturesque Devon meadow that was used in David Attenborough's mission to count the butterflies is no longer all that photogenic or such an untouched nature hotspot, as its precious grasses and flowers have been mowed away by a rogue council worker. At least it will make counting the butterflies significantly easier. Read More >>

environment
Coal Mining Has Destroyed 1.5 Million Acres of Appalachian Forest

Coal has completely transformed the landscape in the American region of Central Appalachia. This region’s rich history of coal mining dates back to the 18th century. Surface mining, however, is a more “modern” form of extracting the dirty fuel source that requires clearing forests and sometimes blowing up mountains to reach the rich coal underneath. Read More >>

enviroment
The First Marine Wilderness Map Shows There’s Not Much of It Left

For the first time, scientists have mapped how much oceanic wilderness remains. Only 13.2 per cent of the oceans are unspoiled, a shocking finding that shows the extent to which humans have reshaped the planet above and below the waves. Read More >>

environment
Gardener Fed Up of People Having Sex With His Lady Hedge

A man's hedge lady is being assaulted by drunk people, who routinely mount the ornate carving at all hours of the night on their way home from wherever currently sells the cheapest beer in Sheffield. Read More >>

environment
David Attenborough Wants You to Go Outside and Count Butterflies

These days people who go outside are usually too busy looking at their phones to appreciate the world around them. Tweeting, texting, playing Pokémon Go, or handing over their personal information to anyone who asks nicely enough. But there's something else you can do, and its endorsed by Boaty McBoatface himself Sir David Attenborough. So get yourselves outside and start counting butterflies. Read More >>