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NCAS to monitor MeteoGroup forecasts for the BBC

NCAS to monitor MeteoGroup forecasts for the BBC | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

The BBC has engaged the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) to regularly monitor the accuracy of MeteoGroup weather forecasts, to help the BBC ensure the best quality weather forecasts for the public.

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Does climate vary more from century to century when it is warmer?

Does climate vary more from century to century when it is warmer? | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Century-scale climate variability was enhanced when the Earth was warmer during the Last Interglacial period (129-116 thousand years ago) compared to the current interglacial (the last 11,700 years), according to a new UCL-led study.

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Funding boost to train next generation of environmental scientists

Funding boost to train next generation of environmental scientists | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

The University of Liverpool has led a successful bid for a share of £100m funding from NERC to train the next generation of environmental scientists.

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NERC is investing over £100 million over the next five years as part of its continued support of environmental science PhD training.

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New evidence for early life on Earth

New evidence for early life on Earth | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Chemical analyses of the oldest pieces of Earth suggest our planet was habitable 700m years before the date of the earliest fossil.

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The research cited in this announcement was funded by NERC.

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Implementation of the Paris Agreement critical to avoid large increase in temperature-related deaths

Implementation of the Paris Agreement critical to avoid large increase in temperature-related deaths | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

The world needs to keep global temperatures in check by meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, or more people could die because of extreme temperatures, according to a new study led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and published in Climate Change.

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Beluga whales and narwhals go through menopause

Beluga whales and narwhals go through menopause | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

A study involving researchers from the University of York has discovered that beluga whales and narwhals go through the menopause.

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A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth

A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

A new study led by scientists from the University of Bristol has used a combination of genomic and fossil data to explain the history of life on Earth, from its origin to the present day.

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This research was funded by the NERC and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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Marine robot provides tantalising evidence for deep-diving whales in areas targeted for deep-sea mining

Marine robot provides tantalising evidence for deep-diving whales in areas targeted for deep-sea mining | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

A new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton has revealed a series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor, which may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by a type of marine robot called an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in a region of the Pacific Ocean targeted for deep-sea nodule mining.

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Melt-rate of West Antarctic Ice Sheet highly sensitive to changes in ocean temperatures

Melt-rate of West Antarctic Ice Sheet highly sensitive to changes in ocean temperatures | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Melting of ice shelves in West Antarctica speeds up and slows down in response to changes in deep ocean temperature, and is far more variable than previously thought, according to new research published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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New species of rare ancient ‘worm’ discovered in fossil hotspot

New species of rare ancient ‘worm’ discovered in fossil hotspot | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered a new species of lobopodian, an ancient relative of modern-day velvet worms, in 430 million-years-old Silurian rocks in Herefordshire, UK.

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New research could help farmers mitigate impact of ozone pollution on crop yields

New research could help farmers mitigate impact of ozone pollution on crop yields | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Study led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology quantifies the negative impact of ozone pollution on crop yields and identifies practical solutions that could make crops more resilient.

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Tropical forests could add to climate change

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Forests in tropical regions could soon become a source of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming rather than helping to counteract it, according to research.

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This study, published in Nature, was supported by NERC and the UK Space Agency.

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Increases in winds weaken Southern Ocean carbon sink

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A new study of lake sediments from the sub-Antarctic reveals for the first time that increases in westerly winds are likely to reduce the ability of the Southern Ocean to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The results are significant as the Southern Ocean currently absorbs over 40% of human-produced carbon dioxide, so any weakening of this ‘carbon sink’ could accelerate climate change.

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The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a NERC-supported centre.

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Forecasting to save lives

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LSE research is being used to improve understanding of and responses to forecasts of extreme heat in Pakistan

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Dr Erica Thompson is funded by NERC.

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University of Sheffield awarded funding to train next generation of environmental scientists

University of Sheffield awarded funding to train next generation of environmental scientists | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

The University of Sheffield has been awarded a share of £100 million funding to train the next generation of environmental scientists.

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NERC is investing over £100 million over the next five years as part of its continued support of environmental science PhD training.

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Why a ‘cuckoo in the nest’ can go undetected

Why a ‘cuckoo in the nest’ can go undetected | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge have shed light on why some species cannot tell the difference between their own offspring and those of intruders that have been slipped into their nests.

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The study is published in Current Biology and was partly funded by NERC.

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Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution

Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

A new study published today in Nature shows that getting smaller was a key factor contributing to the exceptional evolution of mammals over the last 200 million years.

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Evolutionary origins of animal biodiversity

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A new study by an international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of Bristol, has revealed the origins and evolution of animal body plans.

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NOC scientists discover potential oceanic triggers for strong El Niño events

NOC scientists discover potential oceanic triggers for strong El Niño events | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

A new understanding of the timing and development of strong El Niño events has resulted from recent research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). This pioneering work was enabled by new analysis of results from a very high-resolution global ocean model. The model, which needs a supercomputer to run, is being developed for improved seasonal forecasting and climate change research.

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The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a NERC-supported centre. The development of the high-resolution global ocean model and the computer runs for this study were funded primarily by NERC National Capability funds and Computing funds. 

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New method could save our iconic chalk grasslands

New method could save our iconic chalk grasslands | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

A three-year experiment by ecologists from the University of Manchester, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Lancaster University has revealed how our iconic chalk grasslands - damaged by intensive farming - could be regenerated.

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Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef is on the rise, new research reveals

Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef is on the rise, new research reveals | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Coral bleaching across Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has been occurring since the late 18th century, new research shows.

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The work cited in this announcement was supported by funding from NERC, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Scottish Government.

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Forests crucial for limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees

Forests crucial for limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) could instead increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists say.

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The team involved in this  study included researchers from the NERC-supported  Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

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Genetic ‘toolkit’ helps periwinkles gain advantage on the seashore

Genetic ‘toolkit’ helps periwinkles gain advantage on the seashore | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Periwinkles, struggling to survive the seashore battleground, have developed a genetic ‘toolkit’ to help them adapt to different environments, a new study shows.

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Male birds sing less to females on antidepressants

Male birds sing less to females on antidepressants | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

During courtship male starlings sing less to females who have been fed dilute concentrations of antidepressants, according to a new study led by the University of York.

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Night-time lighting changes how species interact

Night-time lighting changes how species interact | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Night-time lighting from streetlights and other sources has complex and unexpected effects on communities of plants and animals, new research shows.

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Rising sea levels could cost the world $14 trillion a year by 2100

Rising sea levels could cost the world $14 trillion a year by 2100 | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Failure to meet the United Nations’ 2ºC warming limits will lead to sea level rise and dire global economic consequences, new research has warned.

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The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a NERC-supported centre.

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