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England nature plan ‘lacking policies’

England nature plan ‘lacking policies’

A draft 25-year government plan sets out a bold vision for nature in England, but campaigners say it lacks policies. The strategy aims to ensure England’s environment is healthy and that it is a beautiful place to live, work and bring up a family. It aims to bring back birds to a countryside depleted under […]

Climate change scientists’ bid to drill Everest glacier

Climate change scientists’ bid to drill Everest glacier

Image caption Prof Bryn Hubbard and PhD student Katie Miles are among those heading to the Khumbu glacier Climate-change scientists are to travel to the Himalayas in a bid to become the first team to successfully drill through the world’s highest glacier. The Aberystwyth University-led group will use a drill adapted from a car wash […]

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Image copyright ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Image caption Bleaching occurs when warmer temperatures drive out colour-giving algae Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching – or loss of algae – affects a 1,500km (900 miles) stretch of the […]

Poultry in England allowed outside as anti-bird flu measures relaxed

Poultry in England allowed outside as anti-bird flu measures relaxed

Image copyright PA All poultry in England will be allowed outside again from Thursday, having been kept indoors to protect them from an infectious strain of bird flu. The government has carried out a new assessment of the risk they had of becoming infected by wild birds. The move brings the rules for poultry in […]

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Image copyright ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Image caption Bleaching occurs when warmer temperatures drive out colour-giving algae Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching – or loss of algae – affects a 1,500km (900 miles) area of the […]

Violent end as young stars dramatically collide

Violent end as young stars dramatically collide

Image copyright ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), J. Bally/H. Drass et al. Image caption These dramatic images show the remains of a 500-year-old explosion from the birth of a group of massive stars Scientists have captured a dramatic and violent image of the collision between two young stars that tore apart their stellar nursery. Located in the constellation […]

Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet GJ 1132b

Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet GJ 1132b

Image copyright DANA BERRY Image caption Artist’s impression of GJ 1132b: The planet’s thick atmosphere may contain water or methane Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time. They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 […]

UN report: Clean power is up, costs are down

UN report: Clean power is up, costs are down

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cost of offshore wind energy installations has tumbled over the past three years The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, according to the UN. But the bill was almost a quarter lower than the previous year, thanks to the plunging cost of renewables. Investment […]

Rapid rise of clothes moths threatens historic fabrics

Rapid rise of clothes moths threatens historic fabrics

Image copyright SPL Image caption The numbers of clothes moths have doubled at English Heritage sites over the past five years Rare furnishings and fabrics in England’s historic houses are under growing threat from an epidemic of clothes moths, say experts. English Heritage says that moth numbers have doubled in the past five years, most […]

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Neonicotinoids have been found in samples from US water treatment plants Small traces of the world’s most widely used insecticides have been detected in tap water for the first time. Samples taken by scientists in the US state of Iowa showed that levels of neonicotinoid chemicals remained constant despite […]