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This Could Be the Biggest Threat To Our Climate If We Don’t Act Fast

When you think “peatland,” you probably picture water, or mosquitoes, or creepily preserved human artefacts. What most of us don’t consider are catastrophic wildfires—but that’s precisely what scientists are now worried about when it comes to one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth. Read More >>

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The Most Hopeful Place on Earth for Climate Change

Eastern Canada’s black spruce forests are one of the largest untamed wilderness areas on Earth. And in refreshingly optimistic news, parts of this ecosystem are expected to flourish in a warmer world, creating a refuge for species escaping drought-stricken regions to the south and west. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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A Global Tragedy is Unfolding in Tasmania

The blackened skeletons of scorched trees jut out of the smouldering Earth like angry bee stings. A smell of ash, dust, and death hangs in the air. This isn’t a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie. It’s part of a Tasmanian World Heritage Site that harbours some of the oldest trees on Earth. Read More >>

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We Could Have Discovered Climate Change in 1940s if We Had Just Looked

The signs of our changing climate are hot topic in today's world, but for how long has our planet actually been feeling the heat? In parts of the tropics, anthropogenic climate change has been tinkering with the thermometer since the 1940s. Read More >>

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You Can Thank a Fungus for These Crazy Hair Ice Sculptures

Fungi are some of the weirdest and most fascinating creatures on Earth, but they’ve really outdone themselves with this one: hair ice. According to new research, the icy hair-sculptures that crop up overnight in forests before melting away in the sun have fungal fingerprints all over them. Read More >>