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Genome sequence of polar alga explains evolutionary adaptation to extreme variable climate

An international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed microalgae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates

Epic Antarctic voyage maps seafloor to predict ocean rise as glacier the size of California melts

Global research group will trace Totten glacier’s history back to last ice age, in hope of predicting future melting patterns

Composite material for water purification

Fresh, clean water coming directly from the tap is a true luxury.

Alien bird risk from pet trade

The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if birds manage to escape, research suggests.

Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy

A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel.

Routes of migratory birds follow today’s peaks in resources

Movement of migratory birds is closely linked to seasonal availability of resources.

Artificial rock pools bring new life to ocean sprawl

Bucket-shaped concrete depressions in sides of Irish causeway act as home to many species

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, reports Climate News Network

Changing atmospheric conditions may contribute to stronger ocean waves in Antarctica

A new study led by Colorado State University provides important details on the extent of sea ice, which can protect ice shelves from the impacts of ocean storms, in the Antarctic Peninsula.

New method to remove nickel from contaminated seawater

Aerial view of agriculture land with lakes and streams for irrigation.

The same deposit that builds up in many tea kettles or water pipes in areas where calcium-rich water is the norm might be just the (cheap) ticket to rid contaminated seawater of toxic metals.

Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fish

Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop of fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers.

Airborne thermometer to measure Arctic temperatures

The radiometry techniques in use for remote sensing of water temperature currently are only precise up to about a half degree.