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Climate

Higher temperatures lead to 'substantially more violence'

ImageAs climate change takes hold, the link between hot temperatures and human aggression could make for more crime and civil conflict. But we still need to understand why, says Stanford researcher Marshall Burke.

Antarctica

China and Russia block Antarctic protection

China and Russia have blocked an agreement to protect key areas of the Antarctic ocean. Conservationists blame commercial interests and political tensions.

Energy

Divided over fracking

Fracking could prolong Germany's supply of fossil fuels and make the country less dependent on imports, says the gas industry. But experts argue over whether it's worth the risk to people's health and the environment.

Environment

Biogas helping to clean up Nairobi slum

Innovative environmental technology is bringing cheap energy to a slum in Kenya. It makes smart use of human waste and is also helping to improve neighborhood sanitation and public health.

Climate

'We will succeed in these negotiations'

Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.

Climate

'It's important to look at the broader picture' of climate change

Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.

Biodiversity

Big data brings new possibilities to biodiversity science

From remote sensing to observations crowd-sourced from amateur naturalists, technological advances are providing biologists with a lot of new information. But how to manage the vast amounts of data now available to them?

Animals

Myth busted: Sharks have personality quirks

Sharks are loners, ruled by raw instinct, embodying the maxim of "survival of the fittest." Right? Wrong - and three times over. Scientists, however, are only barely scraping the surface of the mysterious hunters.

Animals

Hundreds of seals die of avian flu in Germany

Hundreds of dead seals have been washing up on Germany's North Sea coast since the beginning of October. Researchers have now found the cause of death: the avian flu virus.

Animals

Australia's dangerous tourist attraction

Every year, tourists flock to Darwin in the Northern Territory to see crocodiles in the wild. But, a number of fatal attacks have stirred debate about the best way to minimize risk and protect both humans and reptiles.