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Sunshine vitamin linked to improved fertility in wild animals

Sunshine vitamin linked to improved fertility in wild animals | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

High levels of vitamin D are linked to improved fertility and reproductive success, a study of wild sheep has found. The study, carried out on a remote Hebridean island, adds to growing evidence that vitamin D - known as the sunshine vitamin - is associated with reproductive health.

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The study cited in this article was funded by NERC and the Wellcome Trust.

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Revolutionary 'speed dating' technique bringing the past to life

Revolutionary 'speed dating' technique bringing the past to life | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Scientists in Scotland develop a new carbon dating system twice as fast as existing technologies.

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This facility is part NERC funded.

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Antarctica has lost nearly 3 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992

Antarctica has lost nearly 3 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

It can be easy to overlook the monstrous scale of the Antarctic ice sheet. Ice, thick enough in many places to bury mountains, covers a continent roughly the size of the US and Mexico combined. If it were all to melt, as it has in the past, global sea levels would rise by 58 metres. While this scenario is unlikely, Antarctica is so massive that just a small fraction of this ice melting would be enough to displace hundreds of millions of people who live by the coast.

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Thomas Slater and Andrew Shepherd, the authors of this article, receive funding from NERC.

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Fuego volcano: the deadly pyroclastic flows that have killed dozens in Guatemala

Fuego volcano: the deadly pyroclastic flows that have killed dozens in Guatemala | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Pyroclastic flows are biggest danger in these eruptions.

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Rebecca Williams, one of the authors of this article, has received funding from NERC.

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Forests are growing again where human wellbeing is increasing, finds new study

Forests are growing again where human wellbeing is increasing, finds new study | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Countries with high levels of human wellbeing are more likely to show increasing forest growth. That’s the finding of a new study by a group of Finnish scientists, published in PLOS ONE. 

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Jamie Carr, author of this article, receives funding from NERC.

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Earthquake science could have predicted North Korea's nuclear climbdown

Earthquake science could have predicted North Korea's nuclear climbdown | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Earthquakes can shape political decisions so understanding them is crucial.

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Stephen Hicks receives funding from NERC.

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Orkney's shipwreck graveyard is bursting with life

The wrecks of the German WWI fleet are home to an abundance of biodiverse marine life, now under threat from climate change.

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Dr Joanne Porter, one of the author's of this article, has received past research funding from NERC.

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Invisible scum on sea cuts CO2 exchange with air 'by up to 50%'

Invisible scum on sea cuts CO2 exchange with air 'by up to 50%' | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Scientists say the findings have major implications for predicting our future climate

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The research cited in this artcile was funded by NERC.

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Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today

Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Indigenous communities lived in the Amazon for thousands of years without chopping down their forests.

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All of the authors of this article receive funding from NERC. Thomas Kelly works for the NERC-funded British Geological Survey (BGS).

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How to hunt a giant sloth – according to ancient human footprints

How to hunt a giant sloth – according to ancient human footprints | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

How we discovered ancient footprints of early human hunters and their megafauna prey.

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Matthew Robert Bennett,one of the authors of this article, receives funding from NERC.

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Neonicotinoid ban: how meta-analysis helped show pesticides do harm bees

Neonicotinoid ban: how meta-analysis helped show pesticides do harm bees | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Meta-analysis studies have made it possible to sort through apparently contradictory research by looking at the bigger picture.

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Julia Koricheva, author of this article, receives funding from NERC, including funding for evidence synthesis and meta-analysis training for early career researchers.

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UK, US study Antarctic glacier, hoping to crack sea

UK, US study Antarctic glacier, hoping to crack sea | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Britain and the United States launched a £20 million project on Monday to study the risks of a collapse of a giant glacier in Antarctica.

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NERC and NSF have jointly funded eight large-scale projects that will bring together leading polar scientists in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet.

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Unprecedented US-British project launches to study the world's most dangerous glacier

Unprecedented US-British project launches to study the world's most dangerous glacier | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

The largest US-British Antarctic mission in seven decades officially launched at an event in Cambridge on Monday, as the two countries pooled dollars and scientific resources for missions to West Antarctica’s Thwaites glacier — a Florida-size ice body that, scientists fear, could flood the world’s coastlines in our lifetimes.

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NERC and NSF have jointly funded eight large-scale projects that will bring together leading polar scientists in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet. 

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Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice

Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Samples taken from five locations found concentrations of more than 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of sea ice

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The British Antarctic Survey is a NERC funded research centre.

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Where have all our insects gone?

Where have all our insects gone? | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

There is a crisis in the countryside – and a massive decline in insect numbers could have significant consequences for the environment

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Professor Helen Roy, from the NERC-supported Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), is quoted in this article.

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Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Satellites observing the White Continent detect a jump in the rate of ice being lost to the ocean.

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Professor Andrew Shepherd and Dr Pippa Whitehouse receive funding from NERC.

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Could resurrecting mammoths help stop Arctic emissions?

Could resurrecting mammoths help stop Arctic emissions? | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

A 20-year-old experiment is testing whether filling the Arctic tundra with animals could keep carbon trapped in the ground.

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Paul Mann, author of this article, receives funding from NERC.

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Brain growth was driven by tough times, say Scots biologists

Brain growth was driven by tough times, say Scots biologists | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Hardship, not helpfulness, caused the human brain to grow to its large size, research suggests.

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The study cited in this article was funded by NERC.

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Clean air strategy: what you need to know about the UK's latest pollution policy

Clean air strategy: what you need to know about the UK's latest pollution policy | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Two NERC air pollution experts analyse the government's plan.

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Alastair Lewis receives funding for basic research on atmospheric chemistry from NERC.

 

Sarah Moller's role is funded by a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). She works as a research fellow and as a liaison between the atmospheric science research community, NERC, and Defra.

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Why we're drilling into the world's highest glacier on Everest with a converted car wash

Why we're drilling into the world's highest glacier on Everest with a converted car wash | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Meet the first team trying to understand the secrets of Mount Everest's glaciers.

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Bryn Hubbard, one of the authors of this article, has received funding for EverDrill from NERC.

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Will London run out of water?

Will London run out of water? | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

Climate change plus population growth means the city has to act soon.

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The research referenced in this article was undertaken within the MaRIUS project: Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of droughts and water Scarcity, funded by NERC, and undertaken by researchers from the University of Oxford (NE/L010364/1).

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Climate change is not a key cause of conflict, finds new study

Climate change is not a key cause of conflict, finds new study | NERC media coverage | Scoop.it

We looked at ten countries in East Africa and found poverty and politics were much more important drivers of conflict and displacement than climate change.

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Mark Maslin, author of this article, is Director of The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. He has received funding in the past from the NERC.

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