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Treated sewage could cover city land
Treated sewage waste could be dumped on land 20m from property boundaries under the draft Auckland Council Unitary Plan.Sections of the plan that have escaped public notice reveal that waste called biosolids which meets accepted...
VIDEO: Cockroaches evolve to beat traps
A mutant strain of cockroach that can outsmart the sugar traps used to kill them has evolved, scientists in the US have found.
Bloodhound diary: Rolls of advice
The suspension component that could support a full grid of F1 cars
Residents revel in straw bale homes
Leeds residents move into their new eco-friendly straw dwellings
Richard III buried in 'untidy grave'
The remains of King Richard III, discovered under a city car park, were buried in a "hastily dug, untidy grave", researchers reveal.
Ecuador satellite space crash fears
Space engineers in Ecuador are trying to establish if the country's only satellite has been damaged in a crash with space debris.
Cockroaches evolving to evade traps
Cockroaches are outsmarting our efforts to kill them by evolving to avoid the taste of sugar traps, a study reveals.
Nasa to lease shuttle launch pad
Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the space shuttles.
HSBC reviews logging policy as Bill Oddie film sparks petition
HSBC has ordered an audit of its relations with logging companies after campaigners exposed its links to clients responsible for the destruction of rainforests in Borneo.
Sam Judd: Border patrol's high green fence
After a long week at work fuelled by coffee from disposable cups, takeaways and heat-and-eat meals, our ever-growing consumption is somehow excused by separating a few pieces of discarded packaging for recycling on rubbish night....
No 10s new energy adviser is a former British Gas lobbyist
David Cameron has appointed a former lobbyist for British Gas to be his personal advisor on energy and climate change.
Jim Salinger: Climate hurtling towards a hothouse Earth
Levels of the climate warming greenhouse gas carbon dioxide have reached 400 parts per million in the atmosphere for the first time in human history.The last time the planet had atmospheric carbon dioxide levels this high was 3...
Genetics of white tigers pinpointed
Chinese scientists trace the rare white colouration in Bengal tigers to a single change in a gene that affects a host of animals, including humans.
VIDEO: 'Worrying declines' for UK species
A major new report from 25 wildlife organisations, assessing the state of Britain's Nature, is warning that many species of wildlife are facing extinction in the UK unless urgent action is taken.
Trans-US solar plane sets new record
The Solar Impulse plane sets a new record for distance flown by a solar-powered craft as it completes the second leg of a bid to cross the US.
Iceland expands volcano monitoring
Installation is under way of an expanded monitoring system for Iceland's volcanoes, which it is hoped will give the world more warning of the next big eruption.
Ospreys first in England to hatch
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust capture osprey chicks hatching on camera for the first time.
Cave paintings uncovered in Mexico
Archaeologists in Mexico find 4,926 cave paintings in red, yellow, black and white in the north-eastern region of Burgos.
How the men from the ministry saved England's heritage
How historic UK sites were saved from destruction
Denniston Plateau coal mining approved
Bathurst Resources has been given the green light by the Government for its open cast coal mine on conservation land near Westport.Environmental groups have bitterly opposed the project but Conservation Minister Nick Smith today...
Can science be kick started?
Could attempts to crowd-fund research skew science?
Switch to low-carbon future would save households £1,600
British households will save £45bn, or £1,600 apiece, if the government hitches its electricity supply to low-carbon sources such as wind and nuclear rather than gas, a parliamentary advisory committee has estimated.
Denniston Plateau mine a step closer
Australian mining company Bathurst Resources has passed a crucial hurdle to establishing an open cast coal mine on the West Coast&os;s Denniston Plateau near Westport.Conservation Minister Nick Smith this afternoon said he had approved...
VIDEO: Journey into an Icelandic volcano
Dr Freysteinn Sigmundsson shows the BBC's Neil Bowdler around the Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland.
Feet home to more than 100 fungi
Fungi live all over the human body but their favourite spots are the heel, under toenails and between the toes, according to a US study.
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