Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food that can be compared to nicotine addiction in smokers, say scientists.
The more of the nicotine-like chemicals they consume, the more they appear to want, a study has shown.
Climate change poses risks to the financial system. Yet our understanding of these risks is still limited. As we explain in a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change, central banks and financial regulators could contribute to the development of methodologies and modelling tools for assessing climate-related financial risks. If it becomes clear that these risks are substantial, central banks should consider taking them into account in their operations. Both central banks and financial regulators might also consider supporting a low-carbon transition in a more active way so as to contribute to the reduction of these risks.
Air pollution could be more damaging to our health than previously thought, according to a new study, which found that prolonged exposure to dirty air has a significant impact on our cognitive abilities, especially in older men.
A new large-data study of fossil and extant bivalves and gastropods in the Atlantic Ocean suggests laziness might be a fruitful strategy for survival of individuals, species and even communities of species. The results have just been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by a research team based at the University of Kansas.
Germany, the nation that did more than any other to unleash the modern renewable-energy industry, is likely to fall short of its goals for reducing harmful carbon-dioxide emissions even after spending over 500 billion euros ($580 billion) by 2025 to overhaul its energy system.
An orca in the northwest waters of the Pacific has been swimming with her dead calf and keeping it afloat for 16 days—a display of motherly grief that has struck an emotional chord around the world while highlighting the plight of the critically endangered southern resident population of orcas.
New research suggests that capsaicin—the spicy part of chili peppers—can be a robust deterrent to seed-eating rodents.
Less than 4 inches of rain fall in an average year, making it tough for farmers to irrigate their barley and potatoes.
Scientists cannot be certain about the exact cause of the whale shark’s death, but the timing and location implicate the harmful algal bloom, or “red tide,” as the most likely cause.