Microplastics disrupt hermit crabs’ ability to choose shell, study suggests

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When it comes to moving home, hermit crabs are experts, often swapping shells for the optimal abode. But now researchers have found that exposure to microplastics disrupts this key behaviour. The finds are the latest to suggest such pollution could be having an impact on the world’s marine creatures. “Usually a so-called ‘normal’ hermit crab…

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began

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This year is on course to be the world’s hottest since measurements began, according to meteorologists, who estimate there is a 50% to 75% chance that 2020 will break the record set four years ago. Although the coronavirus lockdown has temporarily cleared the skies, it has done nothing to cool the climate, which needs deeper,…

British farmers turn to homegrown force to bring in the harvest

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Right now, Bruce Kerr is fretting about the shape of a certain curve – but not the one relating to the spread of Covid-19. Kerr is an asparagus farmer in east Suffolk. In a good year he will harvest up to 500 tonnes of the highly prized vegetable, which requires urgent attention when the mercury…

Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution

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Coronavirus has been detected on particles of air pollution by scientists investigating whether this could enable it to be carried over longer distances and increase the number of people infected. The work is preliminary and it is not yet known if the virus remains viable on pollution particles and in sufficient quantity to cause disease.…