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Last feed update: Thursday November 26th, 2020 05:38:03 PM

Spending review 'undermines UK green vision'

Wednesday November 25th, 2020 06:08:52 PM
The UK chancellor's spending review is accused of undermining the prime minister’s “green” vision.

SLS: Nasa 'megarocket' assembly begins in Florida

Wednesday November 25th, 2020 11:05:13 AM
Nasa has stacked the first pieces of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

WWF vows to 'do more' after human rights abuse reports

Wednesday November 25th, 2020 06:09:46 PM
The conservation charity is accused of working with guards who allegedly tortured and killed people.

Elon Musk becomes world's second richest person

Tuesday November 24th, 2020 05:53:53 PM
The tech billionaire overtakes Bill Gates after Tesla shares soar on S&P acceptance

Biden cabinet: John Kerry named climate envoy as inner circle get key posts

Tuesday November 24th, 2020 11:40:04 AM
Joe Biden is nominating one of the leading architects of the Paris climate agreement as his climate envoy.

Chinese spacecraft sets off on Moon sample quest

Monday November 23rd, 2020 09:14:57 PM
The robotic Chang'e-5 mission aims to return the first lunar rocks to Earth in more than 40 years.

How sunshine can make the railways greener

Wednesday November 25th, 2020 01:12:40 AM
The railways in the UK, Australia and India getting power from the sun in different ways.

Charles Darwin: Notebooks worth millions lost for 20 years

Tuesday November 24th, 2020 05:55:02 AM
Cambridge University Library launches an appeal to find the scientist's missing notes and sketches.

Call for coronavirus screening at mink farms

Tuesday November 24th, 2020 12:52:06 PM
Surveillance of farmed mink for coronavirus should be mandatory, says a top scientist.

Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2

Monday November 23rd, 2020 03:29:34 PM
Despite the global lockdowns, overall greenhouse gas concentrations have continued to rise.

Sentinel-6: 'Dog kennel' satellite blasts off on ocean mission

Saturday November 21st, 2020 05:32:17 PM
It may look like a dog house in space, but Sentinel-6 will make the most precise map of ocean height.

Fur industry faces uncertain future due to Covid

Monday November 23rd, 2020 12:15:01 AM
Denmark's mass mink cull after a coronavirus outbreak at farms leaves the industry in the spotlight.

Climate pledge on gas boilers for 2023 'vanishes'

Friday November 20th, 2020 05:24:32 PM
A government promise to ban gas boilers from new homes by 2023 has been withdrawn from its website.

Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

Monday November 23rd, 2020 08:09:37 PM
The vaccine is cheaper than other options and easier to distribute around the world.

New rules for Arctic shipping 'a missed opportunity'

Friday November 20th, 2020 08:06:35 PM
Environmental groups say new regulations on ships carrying polluting oils in the Arctic don't go far enough.

Donegal: Ministers shocked at peat slide devastation

Friday November 20th, 2020 08:38:40 PM
Ministers visited the scene of a huge peat slide on the Tyrone Donegal border.

Global map of bees created in conservation first

Friday November 20th, 2020 12:50:00 AM
The data will help protect vital pollinators and could lead to new bee discoveries, say scientists.

How electric cars are charged and how far they go: your questions answered

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 12:04:59 PM
We answer your top questions on electric cars - on charging, on range and on battery life.

Iconic Puerto Rico telescope to be dismantled amid collapse fears

Thursday November 19th, 2020 06:49:44 PM
The iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico is to be dismantled, officials announce.

The Caribbean islands poisoned by a carcinogenic pesticide

Friday November 20th, 2020 12:42:03 AM
On Martinique and Guadeloupe a pesticide has poisoned the soil and water and caused many cases of prostate cancer.

Blue whales have 'rediscovered' South Georgia

Thursday November 19th, 2020 02:58:52 PM
The great whales are returning to the island that hosted the industry that nearly destroyed them.

Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet?

Thursday November 19th, 2020 12:31:17 PM
UK officials are reportedly considering asking us to stop sending "thanks" emails - but why?

Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM's green plan

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 01:32:35 PM
The PM confirms he is bringing the ban forward as he sets out his "green industrial revolution".

Climate change: Warmer winters linked to increased drowning risk

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 10:16:19 PM
Rising temperatures are destabilising lake and river ice, boosting the risk of people drowning.

COP26: Frustrated by delay, young activists stage virtual Mock COP

Thursday November 19th, 2020 12:07:02 AM
Young climate activists call for urgent action at Mock COP as Covid delays UN climate talks.

Stirling pupils' penguin project pays off after new colony discovered

Thursday November 19th, 2020 12:28:38 AM
The Stirling High School students used satellite imagery and computer software to search for the birds.

Why Bhutan's Sakteng wildlife sanctuary is disputed by China

Wednesday November 25th, 2020 12:37:43 AM
Tiny Bhutan is feeling the squeeze as its giant neighbours China and India vie for territory.

Plastics an 'unfolding disaster' for US marine life

Thursday November 19th, 2020 05:32:42 PM
For the first time, advocates have tracked how animals in US waters are harmed by plastic pollution.

Small steps taken to make shipping greener

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 08:26:05 AM
Delegates agree on guidelines to align the industry with the Paris climate change treaty.

Climate change: Hurricanes get stronger on land as world warms

Wednesday November 11th, 2020 04:04:02 PM
North Atlantic tropical storms are stronger for longer when they hit land because of global warming.

Would UK be ready for a new petrol car ban in 2030?

Saturday November 14th, 2020 12:15:15 AM
The BBC understands the government is set to announce it will bring 2040's ban forward by a decade.

What does Boris Johnson's Green plan mean for Scotland?

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 02:03:29 PM
The PM's plan will need to look heavily to Scotland for both the natural and the technical fixes.

Green targets: Do governments meet them?

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 05:19:04 PM
As the UK government unveils new environmental targets, what about the previous ones?

Fact-checking the US and China on climate and environment

Friday November 13th, 2020 12:20:08 AM
We fact-check US and Chinese claims about CO2 emissions, plastic waste and illegal timber.

Joe Biden: How the president-elect plans to tackle climate change

Tuesday November 10th, 2020 12:33:19 AM
What will a Joe Biden presidency mean for the global battle against rising temperatures?

What is climate change? A really simple guide

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 09:55:19 AM
BBC News looks at what we know and don't know about the Earth's changing climate.

Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK

Wednesday November 11th, 2020 12:08:07 PM
The firm says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England

Climate change: Protecting the rainforest through your shopping basket

Wednesday November 11th, 2020 03:02:28 AM
Green groups welcome the UK's plan to outlaw the import of food and other goods from protected areas.

The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

Thursday November 12th, 2020 12:17:46 AM
Exclusive: A forensic investigation finds evidence of deliberate burning in Papua's palm oil plantations.

Back from the dead: Race to save Romania's 65 million-year-old fish

Sunday November 8th, 2020 12:06:47 AM
The nocturnal, prehistoric Asprete has teetered on the brink of extinction for decades.

Climate change: US formally withdraws from Paris agreement

Wednesday November 4th, 2020 08:39:23 AM
After a three year wait, the US becomes the first nation to leave the Paris climate pact.

Climate change: You've got cheap data, how about cheap power too?

Saturday October 31st, 2020 12:28:52 AM
The iPhone transformed mobile phones in just 10 years. Could green energy see a similar revolution?

Extend scheme for cosy homes, green groups say

Thursday November 5th, 2020 12:28:08 AM
A coalition of environmentalists want a scheme offering home insulation grants extended to 2030.

Saving India's tigers from extinction

Monday November 9th, 2020 12:09:25 AM
How the Indian government launched ‘Project Tiger’ to save the animals from extinction

Cheaper to prevent pandemics than 'cure' them

Friday October 30th, 2020 12:44:39 AM
Preventing pandemics could be more than 100 times cheaper than tackling their deadly effects.

OneWeb satellite internet company is officially reborn

Friday November 20th, 2020 01:32:41 PM
Now owned jointly by UK taxpayers and an Indian conglomerate, OneWeb formally emerges from bankruptcy.

New Sentinel satellites to check the pulse of Earth

Friday November 13th, 2020 02:02:21 PM
More satellites are ordered for the EU project that monitors the state of the planet.

Nasa's new 'megarocket' set for critical tests

Friday November 13th, 2020 10:27:27 AM
The agency's Moon rocket is entering the final stages of testing ahead of its maiden flight in 2021.

Nasa's giant SLS rocket: a guide

Friday November 13th, 2020 12:34:03 PM
Nasa's huge next-generation rocket is undergoing tests ahead of its maiden flight in 2021.

Nasa SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with space station

Tuesday November 17th, 2020 08:00:15 AM
The four astronauts who left Earth on Monday have arrived at the 410-km orbiting outpost.

Rock mining with microbes may aid space explorers

Tuesday November 10th, 2020 04:45:21 PM
UK scientists show how astronauts on the Moon or Mars could one day mine for metals using bacteria.

Europe moves ahead with Ariel exoplanet mission

Thursday November 12th, 2020 01:35:49 PM
The green light is given to the near-billion-euro space observatory that will study far-off worlds.

Student ‘blown away’ after capturing Mars from garden

Saturday November 7th, 2020 12:02:14 AM
Joel Miller filmed the red planet using a telescope and a DSLR camera in his back garden.

Osiris-Rex: Nasa asteroid probe ready to return to Earth after leak

Thursday October 29th, 2020 10:40:15 PM
The Osiris-Rex probe is now safely carrying rock from an asteroid several million kilometres from Earth.

Why SpaceX is launching astronauts for Nasa

Saturday November 14th, 2020 03:15:15 PM
Why is SpaceX carrying astronauts to the space station and back for Nasa?

Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base

Monday October 26th, 2020 04:02:37 PM
The "unambiguous detection of water" will boost Nasa's hopes of establishing a lunar base.

Durham University Prof Carlos Frenk's prize a 'huge honour'

Monday November 2nd, 2020 01:31:23 PM
Prof Carlos Frenk is one of the originators of a theory on dark matter and galaxies.

Europe steps up contributions to Artemis Moon plan

Wednesday October 14th, 2020 10:19:20 AM
Thales Alenia Space will build Europe's two major contributions to the Lunar Gateway space station.

Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time

Wednesday October 14th, 2020 06:15:13 PM
The trip took just three hours and three minutes – half the usual journey time.

New Shepard: Jeff Bezos' rocket tests Nasa Moon landing tech

Wednesday October 14th, 2020 01:16:58 AM
The New Shepard rocket carried technology designed to return humans to the Moon in four years.

The Indonesian meteorite which didn't sell for $1.8m

Sunday November 22nd, 2020 12:56:12 AM
You saw the headlines of a $1.8m meteorite? Here's the real story and it's just as fascinating.

UK climate plan: What do the terms mean?

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 11:10:54 AM
Ahead of a UK plan to reach "net zero", we guide you through some of the key terms in climate change.

PM's climate vision: 10 steps forward, 10 steps back?

Wednesday November 18th, 2020 03:27:51 PM
The long-awaited emissions plan leave some policies untouched, says the BBC's Environment Analyst.

Australia drought: Capturing spectacular storms in the outback

Tuesday November 17th, 2020 05:03:04 PM
An Australian photographer says it feels "amazing" to capture spectacular images of long-absent storms.

Launching the search for the Gretas of the future

Monday November 16th, 2020 03:20:55 PM
Can young people help solve the biggest problems facing the planet, given support and opportunity?

Covid vaccine update: When will one be ready?

Monday November 23rd, 2020 08:24:01 AM
Hopes are rising that an effective vaccine against Covid-19 will be available soon.

Newly discovered primate 'already facing extinction'

Wednesday November 11th, 2020 12:16:50 AM
Historical museum specimens have helped to solve a long standing scientific monkey puzzle.

What's the science behind mink and coronavirus?

Monday November 9th, 2020 05:45:49 PM
Denmark's mink-related coronavirus scare has caused alarm, but scientists urge caution.

How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

Monday November 9th, 2020 12:17:16 AM
Retailers are increasingly using AI to try to predict and encourage what customers purchase.

Alan Turing: Stolen items to be returned to UK from US after decades

Monday November 9th, 2020 12:03:47 AM
A collection of items belonging to the Bletchley Park code-breaker were stolen from Dorset in 1984.

A68 iceberg on collision path with South Georgia

Wednesday November 4th, 2020 12:10:35 AM
If the world's biggest iceberg grounds at South Georgia island, it could devastate local wildlife.

Dogs are humans' oldest companions, DNA shows

Thursday October 29th, 2020 07:58:49 PM
A study of dog DNA patterns shows that our "best friend" among animals is also our oldest one.

Oxford: The soggy view from UK's oldest rain record

Monday November 2nd, 2020 03:37:12 PM
Like the country as a whole, Oxford's Radcliffe weather station recorded an extremely wet October.

The Somali man who has a scorpion named after him

Wednesday November 4th, 2020 12:04:51 AM
Somali environmentalist Ahmed Ibrahim Awale hopes it will inspire African researchers.

Great Barrier Reef: Scientists find reef taller than Empire State Building

Wednesday October 28th, 2020 10:01:30 AM
Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.

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