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More than one-third of farmed fruit and vegetables never reaches supermarket shelves because it is misshapen or the wrong size, research suggests.

More than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown across Europe are discarded each year, largely because they do not meet supermarkets and consumers’ standards of how they should look, the study showed.

A third of fruit and veg crop too ugly to sell, study shows
Man-made structures such as oil platforms can help protect sea creatures threatened by climate change and habitat loss, a study suggests.

Rigs, shipwrecks and other structures in the North Sea could play a vital role in holding coral populations together and increasing their resilience, researchers say.

Corals on platform.  Credit Lundin Britain Ltd
Coral bleaching across Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has been increasing since the late 18th century, and may threaten its long-term survival, new research shows.
Coral bleaching across Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Credit Dan Exton
Congratulations to Dr Isla Myers-Smith who has been awarded the 2018 Walters Kundert Fellowship from the RGS-IBS
Congratulations to Dr Isla Myers-Smith who has been awarded the RGS-IBS 2018 Walters Kundert Fellowship
Professor Dick Kroon, Regius Chair of Geology at the School of GeoSciences, has been selected as the next Chair of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Forum.
Dick Kroon as a young scientist participating in the IODP Expedition Leg 117 in 1987.
Experts are developing a satellite-based system to vastly improve monitoring and forecasting of extreme weather and natural disasters anywhere in the world.
University scientists to interpret data from new International Center for Earth Data (ICED).
Scientists from School of GeoSciences visit CarbFix 2 site in Iceland 
Pétur Már Gíslason of Reykjavik Energy assisting with the sampling of gases from a geothermal fumarole located in the Hellisheidi field. Photo credit: Stuart Gilfillan
Cave-dwelling corals in the Mediterranean can work alongside one another to catch and eat stinging jellyfish say scientists, including researchers from the University's School of GeoSciences. 
Predatory sea corals team up to feed on stinging jellyfish.  Credit: Fabio Badalamenti
Research led by the School of GeoSciences suggests that forests in tropical regions could soon become a source of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming rather than helping to counteract it.
Forest at Murchison Falls, Uganda.  Credit: Ed Mitchard
Geologists from the School of GeoSciences test whether global erosion rates have changed in response to global cooling
Indus River in Ladakh, NW India. An example of a mountain landscape that erodes over millions of years to supply sediment to the river that feeds the Indus floodplain and delta