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Last feed update: Tuesday November 12th, 2019 05:47:19 AM

Climate change: Bigger hurricanes are now more damaging

Monday November 11th, 2019 08:53:54 PM
The most damaging tropical cyclones are three times more frequent now than they were 100 years ago.

Ice loss causing Arctic to reflect less heat

Monday November 11th, 2019 08:06:21 PM
A loss of snow and ice cover are the main reasons for the reduction of the Arctic's albedo effect, not soot as had been previously thought.

Climate change: British Airways reviews 'fuel-tankering' over climate concerns

Monday November 11th, 2019 12:42:04 PM
A British Airways insider has revealed airlines deliberately fill planes with extra fuel to cut costs.

Planet Mercury passes across the face of the Sun

Monday November 11th, 2019 02:33:55 PM
Astronomers are observing a rare event, a transit of the planet Mercury.

Climate change: Speed limits for ships can have 'massive' benefits

Monday November 11th, 2019 12:51:45 AM
Cutting the speed of ships by 20% can benefit health, protect whales and limit warming, say campaigners.

Bird of the Year: Rare anti-social penguin wins New Zealand poll

Monday November 11th, 2019 03:55:38 PM
The rare hoiho becomes the first penguin to take the title, after two weeks of "memes and trash-talk".

Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

Saturday November 9th, 2019 03:28:24 PM
Engineers think they understand why a heat sensor has been playing up on the superfast desert vehicle.

Climate change: Sea ice loss linked to spread of deadly virus

Friday November 8th, 2019 09:56:22 AM
Scientists say the decline of Arctic sea ice is connected to the spread of disease among marine mammals.

'Astonishing' fossil ape discovery revealed

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 06:11:59 PM
Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how walking on two feet evolved.

Boston Dynamics boss learned by unbalancing toddler

Thursday November 7th, 2019 11:08:49 AM
Marc Raibert tells BBC News he nudged his daughter over just to work out how people balance.

Confidence high in Bloodhound land speed record team

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 07:23:53 PM
The UK-led challenge to the land speed record clocks 501mph in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa.

Boeing aims for Moon landing in 'fewer steps'

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 04:34:43 PM
The aerospace giant unveils its proposal for a lander that could take humans to the lunar surface.

Nuclear fusion is 'a question of when, not if'

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 05:45:59 AM
Scientists say we are close to making fusion power a reality - but will it arrive in time to combat climate change?

Extinction Rebellion: High Court rules London protest ban unlawful

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 04:35:50 PM
Lawyers say police now face claims for false imprisonment from "potentially hundreds" of protesters.

General election 2019: Greens call for £100bn a year for climate action

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 06:34:40 PM
Co-leader Sian Berry urges £100bn a year to be spent on climate action at the party's campaign launch.

Hunters of rare Swiss ibex stir Alps wildlife row

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 01:02:41 AM
A Swiss region allows trophy hunters to shoot ibex, but the elusive animal remains rare in the Alps.

Climate change: ‘Clear and unequivocal’ emergency, say scientists

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 01:32:13 AM
Around 11,000 scientists have endorsed research that says the world is facing a climate emergency.

Teabags: Is there plastic in yours?

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 03:33:24 AM
Here's a look at how some of the UK's biggest tea brands are trying to tackle the plastic problem.

Bloodhound goes faster still at 491mph

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 12:50:48 PM
The UK-led challenge to the land speed record ups its pace in trials in the Kalahari Desert.

Climate change alters Highland red deer gene pool

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 07:09:31 PM
Scientists say they have seen "evolution in action" in the Highlands because of warmer temperatures.

Paris climate accords: US notifies UN of intention to withdraw

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 12:14:54 PM
It means the US could formally leave the Paris Agreement a day after the 2020 presidential election.

Voyagers shed light on Solar System's structure

Monday November 4th, 2019 05:50:55 PM
Data from spacecraft launched in the 1970s help determine the shape of the magnetic bubble around the Sun.

General election 2019: Labour pledges billions for home energy upgrades

Sunday November 3rd, 2019 03:09:19 PM
The party says a huge programme to fund household energy-saving would reduce bills and create jobs.

Jane Fonda: 'I worry about climate activist Greta Thunberg'

Sunday November 3rd, 2019 05:54:51 AM
The actress and activist on why she's being arrested each week but not wanting to go to prison.

Hoglets 'too light to hibernate' after wet summer, charity says

Monday November 4th, 2019 01:24:44 PM
A wildlife centre in Leicestershire says it is "overwhelmed" with the numbers of underweight hoglets.

Climate change: Asia 'coal addiction' must end, UN chief warns

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 06:18:12 PM
António Guterres says Asian countries must use greener energy sources to tackle the climate crisis.

Climate change: Thousands invited to join citizens' assembly

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 01:08:40 AM
The MPs' initiative will look at what members of the public can do to reduce CO2.

Woodhouse Colliery: First UK deep coal mine in decades to go ahead

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 03:58:28 PM
The new mine in Cumbria could create 500 jobs but protesters argue it will contribute to global warming.

Fracking halted after government pulls support

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 03:47:12 PM
Drilling for shale gas will cease in England - but the government stops short of an outright ban.

Cookies in space: Oven sent to ISS for baking experiments

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 07:14:31 PM
An oven for baking chocolate chip cookies is making its way to the International Space Station.

Electric cars: Best and worst places to charge your car

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 01:07:04 AM
London and Scotland are the best places to find charging points, while Yorkshire is the worst.

Nairobi water: What's behind severe shortages?

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 02:09:38 AM
The Kenyan capital city is facing water supply issues - how serious is the problem?

The Aeronauts: Facts about fiction in Eddie Redmayne's new film

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 12:28:45 AM
Eddie Redmayne's new movie The Aeronauts is based on real events - but just how accurate is it?

Bloodhound diary: Racing at over 500mph

Monday November 11th, 2019 01:39:37 PM
Land speed record holder Andy Green finally gets to drive the Bloodhound car across the Kalahari.

Could the world cope if GPS stopped working?

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 12:17:10 AM
Despite widespread reliance on the system, there is no universal plan to deal with GPS disruption.

General election 2019: How big an issue is climate change for voters?

Wednesday November 6th, 2019 02:30:28 AM
Polling suggests the environment is a concern for more voters than ever - but by the end of the campaign will politicians be answering their questions?

Behind the wheel of a hydrogen-powered car

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 12:54:47 AM
Hydrogen cars are green, quick to refuel and have range, so why are battery cars way ahead of them?

Leonardo Di Caprio: 'Greta Thunberg a leader of our time'

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 03:47:14 PM
Hollywood star says he's optimistic about the future because of climate activist's campaigning.

Doubts grow over UK environment protection post-Brexit

Saturday October 26th, 2019 10:11:42 AM
Concerns have been raised over how a government established watchdog will enforce new green targets.

The battle to break plastic's bonds

Wednesday October 23rd, 2019 02:38:34 PM
US chemists have turned plastic into motor oil, but the scientific battle to break down the tide of plastic waste continues.

Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean

Thursday October 24th, 2019 11:04:09 PM
France has a pollution crisis in the Caribbean caused by toxic chlordecone sprayed on banana crops.

Inside America's Aladdin's cave of dead animals

Thursday October 24th, 2019 09:21:34 PM
There are millions of creatures, flora and fauna stored at the National Wildlife Property Repository in Colorado

Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Thursday October 17th, 2019 10:50:38 PM
Scientists are developing the techniques to spot mass stranding events from orbit.

European SolO probe ready to take on audacious mission

Friday October 18th, 2019 08:43:43 PM
A UK-assembled European spacecraft aims to take the closest ever pictures and movies of the Sun.

Bloodhound diary: South African trials get under way

Wednesday October 16th, 2019 04:11:39 PM
The team behind the Bloodhound supersonic car is in Northern Cape to start running the vehicle.

Why this woman hates to hear about 'big bad wolf'

Wednesday October 16th, 2019 06:51:52 PM
The leashed beasts may look like large powerful dogs, but they still have the wild heart of a wolf.

The Russian who could have been first to Moon

Monday October 14th, 2019 02:10:56 PM
Alexei Leonov, who died on Friday, could have been the first human to land on the Moon.

The 'Bloodhound' supercar aiming to break the land speed record

Thursday November 7th, 2019 06:09:55 AM
The BBC met the driver of Bloodhound - part racing car and part spaceship - during testing in South Africa.

Dorset art installation recreates Delhi and London smog

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 02:34:44 AM
Pods allow visitors to experience the air quality in Delhi, London, Beijing, São Paulo and Norway.

Probing the Universe's Dark Energy with a super-telescope

Monday October 28th, 2019 06:20:46 PM
A super telescope has begun the most detailed observation of the Universe ever undertaken.

The underwater archaeologist unearthing Durham's past

Saturday October 26th, 2019 11:05:32 PM
Over the past decade more than 12,000 valuable artefacts have been found.

Jane Fonda 'inspired by Greta Thunberg'

Sunday October 27th, 2019 01:11:47 AM
Actress Jane Fonda was arrested alongside fellow actor Ted Danson at a climate protest.

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