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Climate change: China aims for 'carbon neutrality by 2060'

1 hour 13 min ago
China's surprise announcement of a long-term goal to curb emissions boosts UN climate talks.

Green plans diluted as government protects farmers

7 hours 45 min ago
A "green" fund to protect wildlife on England’s farms may be under threat, BBC News has learned.

Nasa outlines plan for first woman on Moon by 2024

11 hours 43 min ago
The US space agency (Nasa) formally outlines its $28bn plan to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.

Wild maple trees 'in serious need of conservation'

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 23:41
One in five species of maple is threatened in their natural habitats, an extinction study says.

Why do farmers get paid by taxpayers?

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 23:35
UK farmers are complaining of a lack of clarity over how they will be rewarded for tending the land.

Airbus looks to the future with hydrogen planes

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 18:39
The aerospace giant said its hydrogen-fuelled passenger planes could be in service by 2035.

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 17:06
Only in 2012 have satellites seen the summer floes in the polar north more withdrawn than in 2020.

Botswana: Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 14:50
Toxins made by algae in water holes caused 330 elephant deaths in Botswana earlier this year.

Climate Week: World split on urgency of tackling rising temperatures, poll suggests

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 04:07
Concern about climate change is growing, but there are big differences about the need for rapid action.

Climate Week: Prince Charles calls for 'swift' action on climate change

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 04:07
Covid-19 provides an opportunity to "reset" the economy for a more sustainable future, he says.

Satellite achieves sharp-eyed view of methane

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 00:19
A Canadian company debuts a powerful new capability to monitor the potent greenhouse gas.

Egypt tomb: Sarcophagi buried for 2,500 years unearthed in Saqqara

Sun, 09/20/2020 - 15:18
The 27 wooden coffins are said to have lain undisturbed inside a well at an ancient necropolis.

How the oil industry made us doubt climate change

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 23:16
Energy companies stand accused of trying to downplay their contribution to global warming.

Siberia landscape scarred by climate change

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 23:14
Scientists are warning about the consequences of vast swathes of ground thawing in Siberia.

California and Oregon 2020 wildfires in maps, graphics and images

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 23:06
A visual guide to the wildfires ravaging California, Oregon and other western states.

What maths is involved in stirring a cup of tea?

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 23:05
A professor has won £2.3m for applying complex maths to simple situations - like stirring tea.

'Total failure' on English river water quality

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 22:07
Pollutants still blight all of England's rivers, lakes and streams, the Environment Agency says.

Spider-like toxins found in Australia's stinging trees

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 22:06
A team of scientists say this explains why those stung feel intense pain lasting for days or even weeks.

Alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 22:02
The 2020 Ig Nobel prizes honour crocodilian vocalisations, narcissistic eyebrows and vibrating worms.

Climate change: Earthquake 'hack' reveals scale of ocean warming

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 18:14
Using sound waves from underwater earthquakes, researchers can more accurately measure sea temperatures.