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Ant pupae using sounds to maintain social status in their colony

Ants at the pupal stage of life, between larva and adulthood, are using sound to communicate with adults in their colony and maintain their rightful...


Tropical rainforests, 'lungs' of the planet, reveal true sensitivity to global warming

Tropical rainforests are often called the “lungs of the planet” because they generally draw in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. But the amount...


Key science-policy event on European biodiversity and ecosystem research

A major conference to discuss the science needed to support the European Union’s 2020 Biodiversity Strategy will be held in Belgium in April. The...


Deforestation triggers carbon collapse of tropical peatlands

Deforested tropical peatlands are haemorrhaging carbon from deep within their peat soils, with consequences for the release of carbon dioxide to the...


Linking biodiversity research and policy-making at IPBES-1 in Bonn

The first Plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is being held this week in Bonn, Germany. IPBES was...


Grass-feeding butterflies defy 2012 deluge

Grass-feeding butterflies defied the second wettest year on record to enjoy a bumper 2012 across the UK countryside, according to a new scientific...


UK's water resources outlook healthy but high risk of further flooding

The UK’s water resources outlook is very healthy but there is a high risk of further flooding according to the latest update to the UK’s most...


News Archive - 2012

2012 Review of the Year - 21 December 2012 Appliance of ecological science to human diseases - 18 December 2012 Open Farm Sunday visitors become...


Media Briefings Archive - 2012

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Press Office often issues Media Briefings, which are short notes advising specialist journalists and...


2012 CEH Review of the Year

As 2012 draws to a close, we take a look back at the research undertaken by CEH scientists over the last twelve months. During the year our...