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California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 21:40
Governor Jerry Brown signs legislation committing California to carbon-free electricity by 2045.

'They dammed everything'

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 21:11
Hundreds of hydropower projects threaten to harm Bosnia's rivers, protesters say.

'Climate change moving faster than we are,' says UN Secretary General

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 19:45
Antonio Guterres calls for leadership to break the paralysis on the "defining issue" of our time.

'Internet of animals' spreads its wings

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 14:04
A satellite system that for 30 years has tracked animals will expand to track all manner of objects.

Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:15
A wildlife trafficking watchdog says it has found hundreds of examples of animal trading.

New El Niño weather event likely this winter says WMO

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:57
The World Meteorological Organisation says there's a 70% chance of a weak El Niño event by the end of this year.

Could Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope detect alien life?

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 21:42
It's come close to cancellation several times, but could the successor to the Hubble telescope make the greatest ever discovery?

Giant barrier to clear Pacific plastic

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:54
The ambitious project aims to tackle a collection of waste known as the Great Garbage Patch.

Whale stranding death toll rises to 58 in Scotland and Ireland

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:46
Investigations are under way to determine why large numbers of whales are dying off Scotland and Ireland.

Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 23:55
Japan is trying to convince the world the time has come to make commercial whaling legal again.

Large-scale wind and solar power 'could green the Sahara'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 23:11
Huge installations of wind turbines and solar panels would boost rainfall and vegetation in desert areas.

Aeolus: Space laser starts chasing the wind

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:26
The British-built Aeolus satellite begins firing its laser down on Earth to map the planet's winds.

'Twitter mining' for ants, spiders and birds

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:52
Scientists show how searching social media messages can reveal useful data on animal behaviour.

Scholarship to counter 'unconscious bias' in physics

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 04:10
One of the UK's leading female scientists donates her £2.3m science prize to help more women, ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers.

The plastic smokers leave behind

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 23:31
An activist hopes to pick up a million cigarette butts from his local beaches to draw attention to the plastic they contain.

ISS: Spacecraft hole could be 'deliberate'

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:05
Russian officials now say a hole in a spacecraft docked at the space station was caused by a drill.

Monster iceberg's pivot and turn

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:59
A year after breaking away from Antarctica, the world's biggest iceberg is finally on the move.

The tree that bleeds... metal?

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 23:12
Some species of plant have evolved to take up metals like nickel and iron, without being poisoned.

New Natural History Museum room honours Mary Anning

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:35
The room has been transformed in honour of pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning.

'Farming the desert'

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:34
The nation is united behind drought-hit farmers, but some query the merits of "special treatment".