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Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:40:54 GMT

UN climate talks finish with progress on technical issues but with questions on carbon cuts unresolved.

Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:52:22 GMT

The US president's move comes a day after US hunters were told they could import elephant trophies.

Fishing 'best argument for seagrass conservation'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:43:46 GMT

Seagrass meadows are diminishing worldwide, which has serious implications for fishing activity.

Interstellar asteroid is given a name

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:56:58 GMT

The first known asteroid to visit our Solar System from interstellar space has been given a name.

'Routine' detection of space ripples

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:54:21 GMT

Laser labs sense black holes merging at a distance of about a billion light-years from Earth.

Nasa forecast: Which cities will flood as ice melts?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:45:02 GMT

A forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists.

First gene-editing in human body attempt

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:40:14 GMT

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.

UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:29:07 GMT

A significant group of nations take a stand against using coal for electricity generation at UN climate talks.

Europe steps in to cover US shortfall in funding climate science

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:11:06 GMT

French and UK governments say they will make up for any shortfall in funding for a global science body.

Nearby planet is 'excellent' target in search for life

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:04:51 GMT

Astronomers have found a cool, Earth-sized planet that's relatively close to our Solar System.

SSTL to build Canadian satellite constellation

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:05:32 GMT

Vancouver-based UrtheCast contracts UK firm SSTL to build a series of satellites to image Earth every day.

'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:47:46 GMT

Pottery found near Tbilisi shows wine-making was taking place 8,000 years ago, scientists say.

Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:08:40 GMT

Scientists make the most detailed map yet of the heat rising under the ice sheet from rocks below.

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:09 GMT

Uptick in coal use in China sees global CO2 emissions projected to rise after years of little or no growth.

Gove plans post-Brexit green watchdog

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:56:10 GMT

Minister Michael Gove insists environmental standards won't be sacrificed.

How worried should we be about melting ice caps?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:02:19 GMT

As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.

Fireball in Finland sky 'probably a meteorite'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:07:32 GMT

The suspected meteor shook buildings when it raced through the sky in Lapland.

Tesla shows off new truck and surprise Roadster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:13:12 GMT

Tesla shows off a long awaited truck, but surprises with its new Roadster sports car.

Colombia zoo gives trafficked elephant root canal surgery

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:10:22 GMT

The procedure took 30 people three hours to complete. Tantor had been rescued from a ranch in Colombia.

Singapore welcomes rare blue macaw parrots

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:39:26 GMT

Singapore and Brazil are working together to bring two blue macaw species back from near-extinction.

Which cities could suffer as ice melts?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:27:00 GMT

A forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists.

Epic India leopard rescue photo wins award five years later

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:56:45 GMT

In a rare instance, Indian villagers and forest officers worked together for hours to save the animal

Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:42:16 GMT

For the first time in 113 years, live data is streaming from the top of the UK's tallest mountain.

Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:02:44 GMT

Can technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere really help prevent dangerous climate change?

Press print

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:02:58 GMT

The Swedish hi-tech firm at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human ears, noses and other body parts.

Green planet

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:07:32 GMT

The United Arab Emirates' space research is turning to growing food on Mars.

Ice ceiling

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:22:53 GMT

For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, holding women back from doing research in Antarctica.

Sewing for Nasa

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:09:57 GMT

From the Apollo spacesuits to the Mars rovers, women behind the scenes have stitched vital spaceflight components.

Carbon case history

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:15:09 GMT

Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

Rare spectacle

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:42:17 GMT

The Norwegian island of Kvaløya is now one of the few places in Europe to see a pod of killer whales.


Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:42:09 GMT

Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens and people are very excited about it.

A new era

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:28:47 GMT

We need to be more concerned than ever about how society uses scientific discoveries, says Venki Ramakrishnan.