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BBC News - Science & Environment

Climate change: Failure to tackle warming 'suicidal'

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:22:59 GMT

UN secretary general tells climate negotiators in Poland that failure to make progress would be a desperate blow for the planet.


Samples cut around Soyuz hole in spacewalk

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:19:32 GMT

Cosmonauts have cut samples from around a hole, which Moscow says may have been caused by a drill.


Where did the Sun come from?

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:54:02 GMT

Earth would be a frozen lump of rock without the energy created from our nearest star.


Climate change: How slag can remove CO2 from the air

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:02:24 GMT

Scientists in Wales are looking at how slag heaps can be used to remove CO2 from the air in the fight against climate change.


Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:24:37 GMT

The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.


Cars and coal help drive 'strong' CO2 rise in 2018

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:01:50 GMT

CO2 emissions hit an all time high, rising nearly 3% in 2018 thanks to coal and a booming global market for cars.


Australian students in mass climate protest

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:03:28 GMT

Thousands skip school to urge action on climate change, despite criticism from PM Scott Morrison.


What is that bright object next to the moon?

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:31:08 GMT

A spectacular sight lights up the sky as Venus and the moon rise together


The rough with the smooth

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:10:21 GMT

The UK claims to be a leader in climate change - but is it?


Oil thieves cause spill in Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:53:36 GMT

Thieves caused at least 60,000 litres of oil to spill into Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay.


Berta Cáceres: Seven convicted of murdering anti-dam activist

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 02:09:42 GMT

A Honduran court finds seven men guilty of killing renowned environmental campaigner Berta Cáceres.


Nation's botanical treasure troves 'under huge threat'

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 02:31:13 GMT

The UK's herbaria are great scientific collections that must be safeguarded for the future, say scientists.


'Planet of the chickens': How the bird took over the world

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:20:37 GMT

With around 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, the bird is a symbol of our times, say scientists.


New Zealand whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:31:00 GMT

Illness, warmer waters and the fact that pilot whales travel in sociable groups could all play a role.


Climate change: 'Trump effect' threatens Paris pact

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:01:09 GMT

President Trump's actions are restricting global efforts to cut carbon, a study suggests.


Colourful dynasty

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:29:40 GMT

The endangered African wild dog will enthral TV viewers when it features in David Attenborough's new Dynasties series.


Dr persistence

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 01:00:50 GMT

Sophia Jex-Blake was a pioneer of women's education on her way to be Scotland's first female doctor.


Nasa's IceSat space laser makes height maps of Earth

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:14:28 GMT

One of the most powerful Earth observation tools ever put in orbit is now gathering data about the planet.


Game-on for UK's Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:28:47 GMT

A UK-based team arrives in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping.


Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:57:08 GMT

Researchers at Edinburgh University carry out out the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.


Bloodhound supersonic car project axed

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:20:13 GMT

The driver of the 1,000mph supersonic vehicle says the car is available for the cost of a Ferrari.


Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:06:16 GMT

Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.


Climate change: EU aims to be 'climate neutral' by 2050

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 10:44:43 GMT

The European Union says it wants to become the first major economy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.


House in a lab

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:02:43 GMT

Scientists have rebuilt a terraced house inside a laboratory to help make UK homes energy-efficient.


Climate change: Arctic reindeer numbers crash by half

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:24:38 GMT

Climate change in the Arctic has caused the wild reindeer population to crash by 56%, a report says.


Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:02:18 GMT

Scientists identify fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago.


West Mersea mammoth tusk 'dates back 12,000 years'

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 03:58:53 GMT

It was discovered off the Essex coast after an unusually low tide exposed it for about half an hour.


'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark

Sun, 09 Dec 2018 18:35:09 GMT

A global effort to digitally record millions of fossils is set to transform the study of evolution.


ISS: Spacewalk cosmonauts investigate mystery hole

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:51:20 GMT

The mystery hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station caused a pressure leak.


Gravitational waves: Monster black hole merger detected

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:13:30 GMT

Laser labs sense gravitational waves from a black hole collision at least five billion light-years away.


Carmichael project: Visiting Australia's controversial Adani mine

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 22:04:07 GMT

The BBC's Vineet Khare visited the controversial Carmichael project by Indian energy giant Adani.


Melting ice art installation opens at London's Tate Modern

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:19:19 GMT

An art installation featuring 30 blocks of ice brought from Greenland has been unveiled in London.


Research worms 'too old' to go to space station

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:46:11 GMT

A launch is delayed due to mouldy food bars, meaning the worms could be a day too old for research.


Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:41:51 GMT

White House efforts to promote fossil fuels are set to be upstaged by investors moving away from coal.


How Apollo 8 Astronauts took the famous 'Earthrise' photograph

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:17:37 GMT

Frank Borman was the Commander of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The astronauts took an iconic photo of the Earth rising above the lunar surface.


Nasa's Jupiter mission Juno reveals giant polar storms

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:27:47 GMT

Stunning images from Nasa's Jupiter "JunoCam" show huge, "endless storms" at the planet's poles.


Red Planet

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:55 GMT

Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on Mars.


Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:08:15 GMT

Two instruments on the recently landed InSight probe capture the noise made by the planet's wind.


Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 22:18:00 GMT

The highly threatened subspecies has been brought back to a reserve in Niger after a 50-year absence.


Amount of deep life on Earth quantified

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:08:00 GMT

Having dug and drilled into the Earth, scientists can now estimate how much life exists at depth.


Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 20:25:57 GMT

A major climate conference in Poland has failed to adopt a key report after a dispute over a form of words.


Bacton Gas Terminal to be protected by sandscaping plan

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:59:34 GMT

A nationally important terminal on the Norfolk coast is to be protected by a new "sandscape".


Brexit: Sam Gyimah resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:12:48 GMT

Sam Gyimah says the row over the EU's Galileo system shows how the UK will be "hammered" in any deal.


World's strangest sharks and rays 'on brink of extinction'

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:31:33 GMT

A shark that uses its tail to stun prey and a ray half the length of a bus are on the list of 50 species.


Albert Einstein's 'God letter' sells for $2.9m

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 21:01:42 GMT

The 1954 letter about religion smashed its predicted price at an auction in New York.


UK's first carbon capture and storage project 'operational by mid 2020s'

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:02:11 GMT

Ministers give a timeline for the UK's first carbon capture and storage project, as research funding is announced.


TEDWomen: Vibrations offer new way to track elephants

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 01:24:55 GMT

A technique used to study earthquakes have been adapted to track elephants in the wild.


Climate change: Protecting the poor from green taxes

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:45:12 GMT

Has President Macron's controversial fuel tax set back carbon taxes globally?


Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:06:22 GMT

Global efforts to tackle climate are off track says the UN, as it sees a rise in CO2 after years of decline.


'Surprise' Palu tsunami clue found on seafloor

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:01:13 GMT

Scientists are getting closer to understanding the damaging tsunami that struck Sulawesi in September.


Climate change: Can 12 billion tonnes of carbon be sucked from the air?

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 18:00:14 GMT

Is it remotely feasible to remove 12 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air?


Ash dieback: Ash woodlands 'may flourish once again'

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:44:53 GMT

Scientists say there is hope that some ash trees can survive in the future, despite ash dieback.


Trump's environmental rollback rolls on

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:54:27 GMT

The administration plans to open protected lands for drilling and lift curbs on carbon emissions.


Nasa's Voyager 2 probe 'leaves the Solar System'

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:53:12 GMT

Voyager 2, a space probe launched in 1977, becomes only the second human-made object to enter the space between the stars.


High risk

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 01:55:24 GMT

Our reliance on technology means a violent storm on the Sun could have serious effects.


Edible insects

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:22:28 GMT

Sainsbury's is the first UK supermarket to stock edible insects - but just how tasty are they?


Soyuz rocket: First crewed launch since failure docks at ISS

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:58:38 GMT

Russia's space agency confirmed the docking - the first crewed launch since October's failure.


Climate change: Last four years are 'world's hottest'

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:01:05 GMT

Twenty of the warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, say the World Meteorological Organization.


Palm oil: One woman's fight to save 'the last place on Earth'

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:05:18 GMT

Farwiza Farhan on efforts to protect the forests where orangutan, rhinos, elephants and tigers co-exist.


Out of the shadows

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:31:01 GMT

Caroline Herschel discovered eight comets - one was named after her - but her work is less known about than her brother William's.


East Antarctica's glaciers are stirring

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:42:42 GMT

Nasa detects the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of previously quiet ice streams.


Living laboratories

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:33:53 GMT

This living laboratory could hold the key to controlling malaria and other conditions.


Climate change

Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:14:39 GMT

As representatives gather in Poland for talks on climate change, we look at how hot the world has got and what can we can all do to tackle global warming.


Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:16:24 GMT

Having become the closest-ever human-made object to our star, the Parker spacecraft returns its first data


Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe arrives at Asteroid Bennu

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:32:05 GMT

Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft moves alongside the 500m-wide rock from which it hopes to grab a sample.


Satellites warn African farmers of pest infestations

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:36:41 GMT

UK researchers develop an early warning system to prevent crops in Africa being devastated.


Climate change is 'shrinking winter'

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:49:22 GMT

Snowy mountain winters are being squeezed into shorter periods, threatening water supplies and increasing wildfire risk.


Extinction crisis: Five things you should know

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 01:55:55 GMT

The United Nations biodiversity chief on why extinction is a "silent killer" and deserves more attention.


Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:00:07 GMT

The ice streams that flow down the flanks of Asia's high mountains are moving slower as they thin.


Poland climate summit protest limits anger young activists

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:10:07 GMT

Protesters are frustrated by strict controls on protests at the UN climate summit in Poland.


Chang'e-4: China mission launches to far side of Moon

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:40:02 GMT

It is the first attempt to land robotic craft on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth.


Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species'

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:44:47 GMT

"Iconic" animals such as tigers are being replaced by "cosmopolitan" species found everywhere - researchers.


Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:16:21 GMT

Rising global temperatures have massively boosted the chances of summer heatwaves in the UK, says a study.