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Plastic-eating larvae could help reduce pollution

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:36:00 +0100

The larvae of a caterpillar bred for fishing can break down polyethylene at unprecedented rates, say researchers. Polyethylene takes up to 400 years to biodegrade naturally and is responsible for millions of tonnes of landfill waste. Jim Drury reports.

Plant report reveals new discoveries, climate survivors

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:22:00 +0100

The second annual "State of the World's Plants" report, involving 128 scientists, examines the winners and losers in the plant world under a changing climate. Matthew Stock reports.

Scientists discover coral that could beat climate change

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:55:00 +0100

Coral growing in the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba can tolerate rising sea temperatures, which means it could be safe from bleaching due to climate change, according to a Swiss and Israeli study. Amy Pollock has more.

Brazil's fragile ecosystem poses a challenge for oil exploration

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:09:22 +0100

A massive system of coral reefs in Brazil is preventing Total and its partners, BP and PetroBras from drilling in an oil rich region.

Fluorescent sorting could light up recycling rates

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:19:00 +0100

British-based scientists behind a new technique that adds luminescent markers to plastic packaging labels say it will lead to marked improvements in recycling rates, if applied across the industry. Jim Drury reports.

Ghost cities: If London had suffered like Aleppo

Tue, 09 May 2017 10:36:00 +0100

Westminster reduced to rubble, Buckingham Palace destroyed. Artist Hans Hack uses satellite data to show what London would look like if it had suffered through the same fate as Aleppo.

Pike to help fight algal bloom in Baltic Sea

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:24:00 +0100

Restored wetlands see an increase in pike coming to spawn and the hope is that their contribution to the ecosystem will lead to a reduction of algal bloom plaguing the Baltic Sea's brackish waters. Amy Pollcok reports.

Thousands enjoy al fresco 'waste food' feast in Los Angeles

Fri, 05 May 2017 23:58:00 +0100

Thousands of people in downtown Los Angeles enjoy a free outdoor feast made entirely of food that would have gone to waste. Jane Ross reports.

Floating apple orchard grows on barge in New York

Tue, 02 May 2017 23:43:00 +0100

A floating apple orchard and garden on a 130-foot-long (40 meter) barge docks in New York City's East River. Roselle Chen reports.

Vulture vision study reveals raptor-like hunting ability

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:49:00 +0100

Researchers find that white-headed vultures have a surprisingly predatory foraging technique, and could explain why they're less prone to flying into man-made objects like wind turbines. Matthew Stock reports.

Mr. Trashwheel, Baltimore's garbage gobbler

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:49:00 +0100

The city of Baltimore is celebrating 'Mr. Trash Wheel', a floating garbage collection machine that has kept Baltimore Harbor relatively free of debris since it was installed three years ago. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Climate protesters march through Washington as Trump marks milestone

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:28:46 +0100

Protesters marched in Washington on a second consecutive Saturday to challenge President Donald Trump's stance on the environment and call on him to stand by policies to stop climate change championed by his predecessor.

Trump expands offshore drilling with executive order

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:52:00 +0100

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to areas currently off limits, reversing the Obama administration's 'Arctic-leasing ban.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Scientists storing solar energy for future use

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:54:00 +0100

Researchers in Sweden work on how to efficiently store solar energy in a chemical liquid which can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed. Francis Maguire reports.

California's 'super bloom' in full view from space

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:35:00 +0100

Satellite images capture an unusually dense 'super bloom' of wildflowers sprouting up across California.

Crabs invade Cuba's Bay of Pigs

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:34:00 +0100

It's that time again. After the first spring rains in Cuba, crabs are invading the Bay of Pigs, returning to the waters to reproduce. Nathan Frandino reports.

Coldest city can now grow tomatoes all year round

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:53:00 +0100

Greenhouse invented by a Japanese company allows what's often called the coldest city on earth to grow tomatoes when temperatures drop to -50 Celsius, as Francis Maguire reports.

High density dwelling helping oysters reproduce

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:19:00 +0100

A research programme hopes to restore the overfished population of oysters off the south coast of England with high density dwelling to encourage the mollusc to make babies. Stuart McDill reports.

Nigerian women crochet bags from plastic waste

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:01:00 +0100

Women in Nigeria make a living from recycling plastic bags and using them to make accessories and household products like baskets for sale. Roselle Chen reports.

U.S. scientists rally to protest on Earth Day

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:18:23 +0100

U.S. scientists are staging a March for Science rally in Washington, D.C., in outcry over steep cuts President Donald Trump has proposed for science and research budgets.

U.S. scientists rally in Washington to protest Trump policies on Earth Day

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:26:00 +0100

U.S. scientists are staging a March for Science rally in Washington, D.C., in outcry over steep cuts President Donald Trump has proposed for science and research budgets. Nathan Frandino reports.

Robots and chefs hope to bring lion fish to a restaurant near you

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:13:00 +0100

A newly developed unmanned robot capable of hunting and catching invasive lionfish is being tested in Bermuda where celebrity chefs have gathered for a cooking competition aimed at raising awareness to the threats the marine eco-system killing predator poses. Ben Gruber reports.

UV-blocking algae could be nature's own sunscreen

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:20:00 +0100

Growing algae to harvest nature's own sunscreen could replace synthetic varieties, sometimes blamed for adverse effects on human skin. Matthew Stock reports.

Rich mining legacy is poisonous future in parts of South Africa

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:07:00 +0100

Waste from South African mines dug more than a century ago, stretching along one of the world's largest gold deposits, has left communities exposed to radiation, contaminated dust and water that can contribute to life threatening health conditions like TB and cancer. Stuart McDill reports.

Oil prices force Riyadh to cut billions in spending

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:55:43 +0100

Saudi Arabia's government is ordering its ministries and agencies to review billions of dollars' worth of unfinished infrastructure and economic development projects with a view to shelving or restructuring them.