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Climate change: Lockdown has 'negligible' effect on temperatures

3 hours 18 min ago
New research says that the lockdown, by itself, will make little difference to climate change.

Climate change: UK peat emissions could cancel forest benefits

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 01:08
UK peatland emissions could cancel out all carbon reductions from new and existing forests.

'Paradise island' hosts untold botanical treasures

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 06:43
The first checklist of plants found on the tropical island of New Guinea reveals incredible plant diversity.

Beaver families win legal 'right to remain'

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 04:27
Fifteen beaver families have been given a permanent home on the River Otter in East Devon.

City growth favours animals 'more likely to carry disease'

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 16:11
Turning wild spaces into farmland or cities creates opportunities for diseases to cross into humans.

SpaceX: Musk's 'Mars ship' prototype aces 150m test flight

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:29
A prototype of the engine for SpaceX's next-generation Starship vehicle has made a 150m test "hop".

Beirut explosion: What is ammonium nitrate and how dangerous is it?

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:11
Ammonium nitrate has been blamed for a deadly explosion in Beirut, but what exactly is the chemical?

Climate change: Satellites find new colonies of Emperor penguins

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 00:26
A search from space discovers new colonies of the Antarctic bird that has an uncertain future.

Don't demolish old buildings, urge architects

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 23:52
Knocking down defunct structures sends a wrecking ball through carbon targets, architects say.

Is noise pollution killing whales and dolphins?

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 23:05
Dr Maria Morell studies their ears to discover if hearing damage led to their death.

SpaceX: Nasa crew describe rumbles and jolts of return to Earth

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 22:59
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley describe returning to Earth from the ISS in SpaceX's vehicle.

James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 00:10
British scientist James Lovelock says population growth means something like the virus is "almost inevitable".

Katie Mack: 'Knowing how the universe will end is freeing'

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 23:08
Astrophysicist Katie Mack has been researching The End of Everything.

Other mammals lose out in panda conservation drive

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 16:54
Several carnivorous animals have almost disappeared from areas set up to protect giant pandas.

Coronavirus: Sewage testing for Covid-19 begins in England

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:21
Samples will be checked for signs of the virus, to get early warnings of spikes in infection levels.

Ningaloo Reef: Woman injured by humpback whale at Australian tourist spot

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 08:59
The woman is in a "serious but stable condition" after being hit by the whale during a group swim.

Adverts for large polluting cars 'should be banned'

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 07:46
A new campaign says the government should ban adverts for large cars like sports utility vehicles.

Nasa SpaceX crew return: Dragon capsule splashes down

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 03:02
The SpaceX capsule touches down off Florida, in the first crewed US water landing in 45 years.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women survivors of the atomic bombs

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 21:44
August marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 03:51
Images from space show there were nearly 7,000 in July - a rise of 28% on the same period last year.