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Climate change: Global sea level rise could be bigger than expected

10:17 PM 20/05/2019

Researchers say sea levels may rise by 2m by the end of this century, double current predictions.

Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps

05:55 AM 20/05/2019

Wasps are seen as 'bothersome and pointless' and not given the attention they deserve - researchers.

Greenpeace activists inside boxes block BP headquarters

06:50 PM 20/05/2019

Those inside the containers have enough food and water to last them for a week, it is claimed.

Mars: The box seeking to answer the biggest question

05:00 PM 17/05/2019

Europe prepares to send technology to Mars to look for evidence that there is life on the planet.

Compassionate conservation is 'seriously flawed'

12:29 AM 18/05/2019

The idea that you cannot kill any animal is "fatally flawed" as a conservation concept, scientists argue.

Crickets have hit the high street - can they save the planet?

07:30 AM 17/05/2019

A London food chain is now including insects on its menu but can eating insects help save the planet?

Spain alarmed by French bear's attacks on sheep

11:23 AM 17/05/2019

France released two brown bears in the Pyrenees - but one has now killed eight sheep in Spain.

Single mum's Nasa internship funded by strangers

09:22 AM 17/05/2019

A single mother almost missed out on a coveted Nasa internship until strangers stepped in to help.

Brazil's Vale warns another mining dam at risk of collapse

10:10 AM 17/05/2019

A mining dam could collapse as early as next week, months after a similar disaster killed 230 people.

Will India energy pledges lead to CO2 rise?

07:32 AM 17/05/2019

India's political parties promise free electricity to farmers and ambitious infrastructure projects.

Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

03:04 PM 16/05/2019

The much-maligned bedbug has been around for 115 million years - since dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

Plastic pollution: Flip-flop tide engulfs 'paradise' island

01:07 PM 16/05/2019

Up to a million shoes are among the tide of plastic debris washed up on an Australian island say scientists.

Artificial life form given 'synthetic DNA'

01:23 PM 16/05/2019

UK scientists have created an artificial version of the stomach bug E. coli that is based on an entirely synthetic form of DNA.

Antarctic instability 'is spreading'

10:35 AM 16/05/2019

Almost a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is now unstable, according to a new study.

Chang'e-4: Chinese rover 'confirms' Moon crater theory

05:43 PM 15/05/2019

The Chinese Chang'e-4 rover may have confirmed a longstanding idea about the origin of a vast crater on the Moon's far side.

Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped

05:00 PM 15/05/2019

Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots and fungi, connecting trees and plants to one another.

Medieval manuscript code 'unlocked' by Bristol academic

01:04 AM 16/05/2019

The document stumped Alan Turing and the FBI before being "deciphered" by a research assistant.

Olive tree killer disease still poses risk to Europe

09:08 AM 15/05/2019

A disease posing a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry still poses a real threat to southern European producers, say experts.

Antarctic revealed in sharper 3D view

11:52 AM 15/05/2019

The European satellite measuring the shape of the White Continent is now working at higher resolution.

Climate change: Bafta calls for more environment plot lines on TV

04:15 AM 15/05/2019

New research by Bafta found references to "climate change" lag far behind "beer" or "sex" in UK TV shows.

Jakobshavn Isbrae: Mighty Greenland glacier slams on brakes

10:10 AM 14/05/2019

Jakobshavn Isbrae - the likely originator of the Titanic iceberg - goes into an unexpected quiet mode.

Construction industry 'not reporting full carbon impact'

04:51 PM 14/05/2019

The boss of Skanska tells 5 Live that companies only calculate carbon emissions.

Mariana Trench: Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic bag

04:32 PM 13/05/2019

An American explorer finds plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive.

We cannot evict birds with netting, say MPs

04:49 PM 13/05/2019

A petition signed by 350,000 people calls for "netting" of trees and hedges to be a criminal offence.

Butterfly temperature research 'could boost survival chances'

07:23 AM 14/05/2019

Conservationists hope the results will help them understand how butterflies survive in a warming climate.

Aeolus: Wind-mapping space laser is losing power

03:16 PM 13/05/2019

Europe's Aeolus spacecraft is gathering fantastic new data on global winds - but it's also got a problem.

Climate change 'may curb growth in UK flying'

11:40 PM 10/05/2019

The UK may need to review expansion of aviation to meet CO2 targets, the government admits.

Climate change: Scientists test radical ways to fix Earth's climate

05:00 AM 10/05/2019

Researchers plan for new centre to explore refreezing the poles, sucking out CO2 and ocean greening.

Europe 'takes too much of Earth resources'

11:12 AM 10/05/2019

Europeans are emitting too much carbon and using too much food and timber, a report says.

Climate change: How frogs could vanish from ponds

05:13 AM 10/05/2019

Climate change is having an impact on British wildlife, say scientists mapping a deadly frog disease.

Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

05:56 AM 10/05/2019

Blue Origins claims that the lunar lander will be able to take humans to the Moon's south pole by 2024.

Endangered kakapo parrot gets pioneering brain surgery

01:09 PM 10/05/2019

The procedure is a world-first amid efforts to save the species, native to New Zealand.

Israel probes Golan Heights mass vulture poisoning

02:55 PM 10/05/2019

The killings wipe out half the vulture population in the Israeli-occupied territory.

Climate change: Half world's biggest airlines don't offer carbon offsetting

11:54 AM 09/05/2019

Half the world's biggest airlines are not giving flyers the opportunity to offset the CO2 from their flights.

Snakebites: Like having my hand smashed by a hammer'

12:15 AM 16/05/2019

The bites are a "hidden" health crisis causing a death every four minutes, says World Health Organization

Faroe Islands 'close down' as tourists fly in to repair them

11:06 PM 12/05/2019

The Faroe Islands declared themselves shut down as foreign volunteers came to take part in sustainable tourism.

How do you learn to drive on Mars?

09:56 PM 10/05/2019

Engineers are making sure their joint European-Russian rover will perform as expected on the Red Planet.

The elite soldiers protecting the Amazon rainforest

11:27 PM 09/05/2019

The Amazon is at risk from mining in French Guiana and it is the French Foreign Legion's job to protect it.

Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive

02:17 PM 02/05/2019

The LIGO-VIRGO instruments tasked with detecting gravitational waves triggered five times in April.

Five things we've learned from nature crisis study

01:30 PM 06/05/2019

The UN's global assessment of nature has some hard hitting lessons for the world.

Nature's emergency: Where we are in five graphics

11:06 PM 04/05/2019

Water, air pollution and deforestation are pushing the natural world to the brink.

Biodiversity heroes: The teenagers saving Madagascar's wildlife

04:08 AM 03/05/2019

This quiet, teen revolution could pave the way to Madagascar's sustainable future.

Autonomous boat makes oyster run

12:42 PM 09/05/2019

A shellfish consignment is carried across the busy North Sea by an Uncrewed Surface Vessel.

Could high-flying drones power your home one day?

11:29 PM 02/05/2019

How kites and drones could generate electricity to supplement conventional wind turbines.

Glimpsing a world beyond human extinction

11:17 PM 29/04/2019

Writer and explorer Robert MacFarlane explores the "underland" beneath our feet.

Antarctica: Thousands of emperor penguin chicks wiped out

11:01 PM 24/04/2019

The second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica disappears, satellite images show.

Confused about climate change? Talk to our chat bot

03:49 PM 17/04/2019

BBC News launches a chat bot to help users learn about climate change in weekly conversations.

Driverless cars: Cambridge University model cars 'talk' to avoid jams

05:14 PM 21/05/2019

Researchers say it shows driverless cars working together could improve traffic flow by at least 35%.

How a new diet for gassy cows is helping the environment

11:09 PM 20/05/2019

Colombian farmers are piloting a way of raising cows that's better for the environment.

Is there a problem with salmon farming?

07:10 PM 20/05/2019

Marine biologist and diver David Ainsley is concerned about the effect fish farms have on marine life.

What's it like to be bitten by a bedbug?

11:05 PM 17/05/2019

The blood-sucking parasites have been around for at least 115 million years, according to a recent study.

Blue Planet II and other times TV changed the world

11:53 PM 15/05/2019

Bafta called for more environment plot lines on TV, here's a look at how television can raise awareness.

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