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Grouse moor burning causes widespread environmental changes

- Evidence of the environmental impact of heather burning is published today in the first authoritative study on the subject, to help relieve tensions on both sides of the grouse moor management debate.

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Flying fish – from Africa to the Amazon

- Scientists have uncovered the natural fertiliser contained within Saharan dust that plays an important role in the health of the Amazon rainforest when it is blown across the Atlantic: fish bone.

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Global importance of pollinators underestimated

- Declines in populations of pollinators, such as bees and wasps, may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research.

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Microscopic ‘Saturn of the Moors’ discovered

- A species of alga that resembles the planet Saturn has been discovered for the first time in the British Isles.

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Sustainable skincare range created from waste products of grapes

- University of Leeds spin-out Keracol Limited has teamed up with Marks & Spencer to produce a natural skin care range using the waste products of grapes.

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The ‘microbial garden’ taking the shine off glaciers

- The first ecological study of an entire glacier has found that microbes drastically reduce surface reflectivity and therefore have an impact on the amount of sunlight that is reflected into space.

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