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VIDEO: Island volcano's spectacular lava show
  Milton Nkosi takes a helicopter ride to witness the latest volcanic eruption by the Piton de la Fournaise, or 'Peak of the Furnace' on Reunion Island.

US airline bans hunting 'trophies' shipment
  Delta Air Lines had a major change of heart about shipping hunting trophies, announcing that it would no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies.As recently as May, the Atlanta-based airline had said...

Obama unveils clean energy plan
  US President Barack Obama unveils what he calls "the biggest, most important step we have ever taken" in tackling climate change.

The big melt: we won't recognise our glaciers
  By 2100, New Zealand's postcard glaciers will bear little resemblance to how we know them today, a scientist says.The warning comes as a new global study, published overnight, shows the world's glaciers are melting at an unprecedented...

Ancient life form's complex sex life
  One of the oldest-known complex organisms had a surprising complicated sex life, scientists report.

Climate change: Oceans will die even if we remove carbon dioxide from atmosphere, say scientists
  

Attempts to save the world from global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while continuing to burn fossil fuels are unlikely to prevent the oceans from dying as a result of a build-up of acidity, scientists have found.



Obama to unveil clean energy plan
  US President Barack Obama is set to unveil what he calls "the biggest, most important step we have ever taken" in tackling climate change.

Fonterra fined over buttermilk stench
  Fonterra has been fined $192,000 this morning after it discharged buttermilk in a South Taranaki treatment pond that caused a stench in the local area.The country's largest milk producer was last month found guilty of breaching...

Fonterra fined $362,000 over pollution
  Fonterra says it sets itself high environmental standards despite being fined $362,000 in two separate prosecutions for Resource Management Act breaches.The country's largest milk producer was fined $192,000 yesterday after it discharged...

Zimbabwe seeks second 'lion killer'
  Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over the death of famed animal Cecil continues.

Empire State hosts wildlife display
  Images of endangered animals are flashed across the Empire State Building in New York to highlight the issue of potential mass extinction.

Poll to find UK's favourite insect
  An online poll is launched by the Royal Society of Biology to find the UK's favourite insect.

Gunman injured by armadillo ricochet
  A man in East Texas is wounded after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted and hit him, the local sheriff says.

VIDEO: 'Blue moon' as seen around the world
  There has been a rare opportunity to witness a unique lunar event in the night sky; a so-called "blue moon".

US energy plan to boost renewables
  President Obama's clean power plan is likely to be delayed by 2 years but is also expected to push renewable energy.

Earth magnetic shield is much older
  Researchers have revealed that the Earth's magnetic field is 550 million years older than previously believed.

Big year ahead for James Webb telescope
  It's been a long time coming, but Nasa is now at the business end of building its giant successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

VIDEO: New science for James Webb Telescope
  Mark Clampin from Nasa explains how the James Webb Space Telescope will help us to see even deeper into the Universe.

Could plane debris be MH370?
  The BBC examines whether an aeroplane part found in Reunion could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

In pictures: Ecology photo prize
  Spectacular image competition winners

The perplexing case of the SS Ventnor
  Paul Charman argues that returning remains of miners to China should remain a possibility I've written my share of stories on hikers, hunters, divers and cavers who come upon human bones. The best of these yarns concerned a young...

Wales surf wave generator starts up
  The first waves have peeled across an artificial surf lagoon built on the site of an old aluminium works on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

Kiwi scientists imagine NZ's future
  Want to know what the weather's going to be doing in Christmas next year?A 2050 where weather forecasts are available 18 months in advance - along with a fleet of ocean gliders undertaking scientific measurements and an aquaculture...

AA joins protest at green changes
  The AA joins green groups in warning that recent changes in energy policy will harm the climate.

Fracking could be delayed for up to two years across UK after Lancashire council rejects test drilling
  

Government plans to roll out fracking across Britain face delays of up to two years following a surprise decision to reject exploration for shale gas in Lancashire.



Great robotic missions to explore space
  Past space missions that have changed our understanding

Comet yields 'rich array' of organics
  The spacecraft which made a spectacular landing on a comet last year has discovered a rich array of carbon compounds.

VIDEO: The robot that jumps on water
  Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water.

Robot can leap from water's surface
  Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water

Aquariums 'deliver health benefits'
  People who spend time watching fish swim in aquarium tanks could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study shows.

Obama wants world's fastest computer
  President Obama has signed an executive order calling for the US to build the world's fastest computer by 2025.

Olive tree blight spreads to Corsica
  The virulent Xylella disease ravaging olive trees in Italy spreads to Corsica, prompting emergency measures.

Thunderbirds 'return' for anniversary
  Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds are set to return to the site where they were originally created to mark the show's 50th anniversary.

'Extinct' fly found in nature reserve
  A fly thought to be extinct in the UK is found in a Devon nature reserve.

Aurora found beyond our Solar System
  An aurora has been spotted around a brown dwarf more than 18 light years away, scientists report.

Alarm over Cambodia 'timber grab'
  A new report says that highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia.

Bendy tech promise for graphene
  Scientists apply the paper art of kirigami to slice graphene, the world's thinnest material.

Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'
  

Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator! Can't live with it, can't? – ?right at this moment? – ?live without it. But it's on everyone's mind. Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up? – ?when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out? – ?I wrote a piece called "The Future Without Oil." It went like this...



Margaret Atwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'
  

Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator! Can't live with it, can't? – ?right at this moment? – ?live without it. But it's on everyone's mind. Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up? – ?when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out? – ?I wrote a piece called "The Future Without Oil." It went like this...



Tech experts caution on killer AI
  More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have written a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons.

Hunter bailed over Cecil the lion
  A professional hunter accused of helping a US tourist kill Zimbabwe's most famous lion is released on $1,000 bail by a court.

Pufflings hiding in coastal town
  People in North Berwick are asked to look out for stray pufflings after two are found hiding in the coastal town.

Rare rhino death leaves just four
  One of the last five Northern White Rhino left in the world has died.

Structural secret of T. rex's teeth
  New research reveals the key to the serrated tooth structure that made carnivorous theropod dinosaurs such successful predators.

Pair due in court over Cecil the lion
  A Zimbabwean hunter and farm owner are due to appear in court in Victoria Falls on poaching charges over the killing of famed lion Cecil.

VIDEO: Chimps eating clay 'as supplement'
  A community of chimpanzees in Uganda is increasingly eating clay to boost their mineral intake, research suggests.

How ant armies move massive meals
  In a new study, physicists reveal how ants co-operate to carry huge chunks of food back to their nests.

VIDEO: Scientists fear robotic weapons
  More than 1,000 scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have called for a ban on developing artificial intelligence for military use and to build robotic weapons.

VIDEO: Virgin Galactic crash: Brakes blamed
  Investigators have said a Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was caused by structural failure after the co-pilot unlocked a braking system early.

Braking error led to spaceship crash
  Investigators say a fatal Virgin Galactic spaceship crash last year was caused by structural failure after the co-pilot unlocked a braking system early.

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