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Science & Environment News

Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

10:55 AM 19/09/2017

The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.

Size matters when it comes to extinction risk

11:53 PM 18/09/2017

The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

02:48 AM 18/09/2017

Rhino horn is being processed into bangles, beads and bracelets, a charity's investigation reveals.

Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'

02:50 PM 14/09/2017

The conservation status of the elusive snow leopard is downgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable".

Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

07:14 AM 17/09/2017

Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.

Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

11:57 AM 15/09/2017

The US-led Cassini space probe reaches a spectacular climax, burning up in Saturn's atmosphere.

Orchid gives up the secrets of its success

06:38 PM 13/09/2017

Science is laying bare the secrets of orchids, one of the biggest families of flowering plant.

Why are there so many berries this year?

12:57 PM 13/09/2017

Berries are appearing early this year - and promise to last much longer than usual, according to experts.

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

01:04 PM 13/09/2017

Queen's University scientists design a flexible long-life battery that could be used in pacemakers.

Badger culling gets go-ahead in 11 new areas of England

12:35 PM 11/09/2017

A vaccination programme to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is also restarting.

Man-of-war spotted along coast in Cornwall and Wales

04:24 PM 12/09/2017

The RNLI closed Perranporth beach to swimmers because of large numbers of jellyfish-like creatures.

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

11:54 PM 09/09/2017

Why, in the mission to improve the health of man's best friend, scientists say greedy Labradors are at the head of the pack.

Row over AI that 'identifies gay faces'

01:17 PM 11/09/2017

Researchers and LGBT groups clash over facial recognition tech that supposedly spots gay people.

Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

09:15 AM 11/09/2017

Figures from the government are seen as a milestone in the advance of renewable energy.

Bats 'tricked' into flying into buildings

12:25 AM 08/09/2017

Scientists warn of potential hazards from modern structures with large expanses of glass or mirrors.

Cycling: Groups call for action on 'car-dooring'

08:06 AM 11/09/2017

A door-opening method that involves using the "wrong" hand should be taught to drivers, groups say.

'No fire risk' with new lithium batteries

12:18 PM 07/09/2017

Lithium-ion batteries that are resistant to exploding or catching fire have been developed by scientists.

Science debate: Should we embrace an enhanced future?

12:20 AM 09/09/2017

Scientists ask whether everyone should have the right to become a "transhumanist" by modifying our bodies with technology.

Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves

12:14 PM 08/09/2017

Animals and plants may be living in warm caves under Antarctica's ice, according to a study.

Horsey seal injured by flying ring 'making recovery'

07:13 PM 18/09/2017

Volunteers came to the aid of a seal after its neck was trapped within a plastic flying ring.

The man trying to save bats' lives

08:04 AM 18/09/2017

Meet Dr Matt Zeale who is leading a team of conservationists tracking the rare barbastrelle bat.

Henry the hippo reunites with his baby Fiona

10:01 AM 16/09/2017

A happy ending for a family of hippos.

Koala 'hitches' ride under car wheel arch

01:39 PM 16/09/2017

She survived a 16km (10-mile) car journey, clinging to the axle of a four-wheel drive near Adelaide.

'Long live Cassini': Nasa scientists say farewell

05:00 PM 15/09/2017

The chief scientists who worked on the spacecraft react after it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Cassini: Saturn 'death dive' spacecraft in numbers

11:24 PM 14/09/2017

Cassini's about to crash into Saturn, but here's what it's achieved over the last two decades.

Swansea Uni study: African wild dogs 'sneeze to vote'

12:15 AM 06/09/2017

The animals hold "social rallies" and choose when to hunt via a sneezing ballot, a study finds.

Photographer settles 'monkey selfie' legal fight

10:33 PM 11/09/2017

A photographer settles a legal fight against an animal rights group over a "monkey selfie" photograph.

Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again

11:11 AM 11/08/2017

BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin reviews Al Gore's climate movie sequel.

Outwitted

11:39 PM 16/09/2017

How tiny creatures with small brains outwit us so easily.

Down on the body farm

12:51 AM 07/09/2017

Would British forensic science benefit from having its own outdoor laboratory to study human decomposition?

Life after Earth

11:44 PM 05/09/2017

In September 1991, eight scientists sealed themselves inside a giant greenhouse for two years. Linda Leigh was one of them.

Flood capital

12:02 PM 31/08/2017

The reasons why the fourth-largest city in the US has become its flood capital.

Poisonous progress

11:16 PM 27/08/2017

The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.

Terraforming Earth

10:02 AM 17/08/2017

A planetary takeover by ocean algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.

Alps melting?

11:53 AM 25/08/2017

A huge rockfall in Val Bondasca raises questions about how climate change is affecting the Alps.

High view

12:10 AM 22/08/2017

BBC correspondent James Cook views the total eclipse from 40,000ft above the Pacific Ocean.

Majestic archipelago

11:56 PM 14/08/2017

The Galapagos Conservation Trust has announced the winners in its annual photographic competition.

Not just stars

11:07 PM 01/08/2017

The shortlisted images in this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year have now been selected.

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