Puffin numbers have unexpectedly grown by almost one tenth over the last five years at Britain’s largest colony, a study has found. The National Trust has declared the result of its five-yearly count of the number of the birds in the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast. A nine per cent growth in numbers was

An ancestor of the T-Rex has been discovered by scientists and the pint-sized relative is less than a third of the size of the ‘tyrant king’. Its remains were discovered in Utah and the animal lived 97 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period. Analysis found it weighed only 180 pounds (78 kg) and

Rising carbon dioxide emissions driven by human activities could soon lead to atmospheric greenhouse gas levels not seen since Earth’s last major global warming event, a shocking new study has warned. Researchers estimate humans are injecting nine to 10 times the amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than what was emitted during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

Report says few headlines sparked by food crises that ravaged Madagascar, Ethiopia and Haiti Climate change was responsible for the majority of under-reported humanitarian disasters last year, according to analysis of more than a million online news stories. Whole populations were affected by food crises in countries ravaged by by drought and hurricanes such as Ethiopia and Haiti,

The world’s biggest bee has been found after it was thought that the species had become extinct as there has not been a sighting since 1981. Known as Wallace’s giant bee – which is as long as an adult’s thumb – the creature was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. Wildlife experts found the single

A polar bear snapped with a noose around its neck from a discarded fishing net serves as a stark reminder of how plastic waste is strangling the world’s wildlife – both metaphorically and literally. The animal was trapped with the fishing net around its neck on the icy coast of Svalbard, Norway. Dad-of-two Svein Wik,

A species of giant tortoise believed to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago has been spotted in the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador’s environment minister Marcelo Mata made the announcement that an adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise had been discovered. Many species of giant tortoises were over-hunted for their meat by European and other colonists who

A Nazi submarine sunk during WWII is rapidly being eaten away by bacteria feeding on oil released from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. German U-boat 166 (U166) has been submerged in 3,330 feet (one kilometre) of water on the Atlantic seabed since it was sunk in 1942. The vessel, which was only discovered in 2001,

A tiny moon has been discovered orbiting around the gas giant Neptune. It has been called Hippocamp and the minuscule world measures only 21 miles (34 kilometres) in diameter. It was spotted by scientists carefully studying old images from Hubble showing the six other moons inside the orbit of Neptune’s largest satellite, Triton. The moon

Plastics may be replaced with a material made from the razor-sharp circular teeth found on a squid’s tentacle sucker pad. The natural protein is created by the animal and can be made into fibres and films for a range of uses, including smart materials and self-healing recyclable fabrics. Scientists claim these materials are eco-friendly, biodegradable