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University of East Anglia 'Climategate' scandal to be turned into film

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 05:23:49 GMT

The Crown's Jason Watkins will star as a professor who found himself at the centre of a media storm.

Plastic pollution: take-out food is littering the oceans

Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:58:34 GMT

Single-use plastic from take-out food is a big source of pollution in oceans and rivers, scientists say.

Nato and climate change: How big is the problem?

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 23:32:37 GMT

Allied members have agreed to "significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from military activities".

Swiss voters reject key climate change measures

Sun, 13 Jun 2021 17:24:45 GMT

In a shock result, voters narrowly reject a tax on flights and a fuel levy among other policies.

Optical illusion of orangutan wins award

Thu, 03 Jun 2021 12:26:21 GMT

A photo of an orangutan reflected in water has won the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition.

Secrets of tiny diving mammals revealed

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 23:44:12 GMT

Biologists have uncovered the genetic secrets of water shrews, the world's smallest diving mammals.

Thousandth dormouse brought back to the wild

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:50:32 GMT

The captive-bred hazel dormouse is now settling into its new woodland home in Lancashire.

UK could be left behind in the electric car race, warns report

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:27:04 GMT

The UK might soon be reliant on electric vehicles imported from abroad, warns an influential group.

UK government pledges a 'nature-positive future'

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:59:42 GMT

Campaigners say government position is 'a step in the right direction but 'not yet on the money'.

Bidder pays $28m for space trip with Amazon's Bezos

Sat, 12 Jun 2021 22:46:08 GMT

The mystery auction winner will be part of the the first human flight by space company Blue Origin.

Spaceport Cornwall signs agreement with US company

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 17:24:08 GMT

A memorandum of understanding is signed by Spaceport Cornwall and a US firm to explore opportunities.

Isles of Scilly: Egyptian vulture seen in UK for first time in 150 years

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:27:55 GMT

The sighting of the Egyptian vulture, if confirmed to be wild, would be the first for 153 years.

Poorer nations 'more focused on sustainability'

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:57:10 GMT

Developing nations put scientific research into sustainability than richer countries, a Unesco report finds.

Gigafactories: Europe tools up against US and Asia as a car battery force

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 23:38:27 GMT

As demand for electric cars grows, giant battery factories are being built across Europe.

BBC Springwatch: Chris Packham hails maker of 27,000 swift boxes

Sat, 12 Jun 2021 06:47:47 GMT

Retired 79-year-old John Stimpson started making the boxes as a hobby and now does it full-time.

UK warned it is unprepared for climate chaos

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:25:29 GMT

Homes need to be more resilient and the government is in a worse position than five years ago, report says.

Cicadas: What to know about the 'remarkable' and noisy bugs

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 23:22:11 GMT

Why do billions of cicadas emerge from below ground every 17 years? And why are they so loud?

'Quick fixes' to the climate crisis risk harming nature

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:46:28 GMT

"Climate fails" include misguided tree planting and large-scale bioenergy crops, say scientists.

UK space race investment 'is heating up'

Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:14:47 GMT

The space industry is one of the UK's fastest growing sectors, worth £14.8bn a year.

Drones and live-streams: How tech is changing conservation

Fri, 28 May 2021 00:07:33 GMT

Around the world, animal conservation has evolved so it's not just humans monitoring wildlife.

Drone cameras record social lives of killer whales

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:00:26 GMT

A new study suggests killer whales may socialise with each other based on age and gender.

‘Really, really rare’ seahorse spotted off UK coast

Sun, 13 Jun 2021 23:04:54 GMT

A marine biologist says it’s the first time he’s ever seen a long-snouted seahorse in the wild.

Scientists say new dinosaur species is largest found in Australia

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 02:10:39 GMT

The Australotitan grew up to 30m (96ft) long and is among the largest dinosaurs found worldwide.

Why it's the end of the road for petrol stations

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:05:33 GMT

Many petrol stations will close over the next 20 years, accelerating the shift to electric cars.

Shenzhou-12: China launches first crew to new space station

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 01:32:44 GMT

Three astronauts successfully take off for China's longest ever human spaceflight mission.

X-Press Pearl: The 'toxic ship' that caused an environmental disaster

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 03:23:39 GMT

The X-Press Pearl, off Sri Lanka, could be a threat to marine life and the fishing industry.

Backlash against 'frightening' tests on whales

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:53:47 GMT

An international group of scientists has called on Norway to halt plans for acoustic experiments on minke whales.

SLS: First view of Nasa's assembled 'megarocket'

Sat, 12 Jun 2021 19:44:35 GMT

Nasa has assembled the key elements of its powerful SLS rocket.