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Scotland’s largest solar farm gets green light

Scotland’s largest solar farm gets green light

Image copyright Elgin Energy Image caption Scotland’s largest solar farm currently is at Errol Estate in Perthshire The green light has been given for what will be Scotland’s largest solar farm. Moray Council has granted Elgin Energy planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart, which could see about 80,000 solar panels installed. The farm […]

‘Donald Trump forest’ climate change project gains momentum

‘Donald Trump forest’ climate change project gains momentum

Image copyright MARTIN BERNETTI Image caption Campaigners hope to plant enough trees to offset the climate impact of President Trump A campaign to plant trees to compensate for the impact of President Trump’s climate policies has 120,000 pledges. The project was started by campaigners upset at what they call the president’s “ignorance” on climate science. […]

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Image copyright John Innes Centre Image caption A close relative of tobacco has been turned into a polio vaccine “factory” Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy […]

Cassini skims Saturn’s atmosphere

Cassini skims Saturn’s atmosphere

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption Cassini will “dip its toes” into the atmosphere during the final passes The Cassini probe has begun the final phase of its mission to Saturn. The satellite has executed the first of five ultra-close passes of the giant world, dipping down far enough to brush through the top of the […]

Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled

Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Brown bears now inhabit Italy’s Adamello Brenta national park in the Alps An Italian provincial governor has defended the killing of a rare female brown bear in the Alps, saying it was a threat to humans. The 14-year-old bear, called Kj2, was shot dead by foresters on Saturday, after it […]

‘Impressive’ Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

‘Impressive’ Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meteors captured above the Jill Windmill in West Sussex early on Sunday The Perseid meteor shower has been seen over parts of the UK, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. The shower was due to peak in the UK on Saturday night, in […]

Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Perseid meteor flashes across the night sky above Corfe Castle, in Dorset, in 2016 The Perseid meteor shower will peak over the weekend, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. Astronomers say hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a […]

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Image copyright Mary Evans Picture Library Image caption Goldfish and their relatives have the ability to turn lactic acid into alcohol Scientists have decoded the secrets behind a goldfish’s ability to survive in ice-covered lakes. They’ve worked out how and why the fish turn lactic acid in their bodies into alcohol, as a means of […]

Anger over ‘untrue’ climate change claims

Anger over ‘untrue’ climate change claims

Image copyright Dan Kitwood Image caption Former Chancellor Lord Lawson’s claims on climate change have been challenged by scientists Scientists have responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a live BBC radio interview. Experts told BBC News that the assertions made by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on Radio 4’s Today programme were simply […]

Anger over ‘untrue’ climate change claims

Anger over ‘untrue’ climate change claims

Image copyright Dan Kitwood Image caption Former Chancellor Lord Lawson’s claims on climate change have been challenged by scientists Scientists have responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a live BBC radio interview. Experts told BBC News that the assertions made by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on Radio 4’s Today programme were simply […]