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Plastic takes deadly toll
  The plastics we throw away have been mistakenly eaten by around 90 per cent of all sea birds alive today - and the rate is expected to grow to 99 per cent by 2050.The figures, revealed in an international study published yesterday,...

VIDEO: Slow-melting ice cream developed
  Scientists develop a way to make ice cream smoother and less likely to melt so quickly on a hot summer day.

VIDEO: Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82
  Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies of cancer aged 82

Pluto probe's next target chosen
  Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has a new target to aim for following its historic flyby of Pluto.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82
  British neurologist and acclaimed author Oliver Sacks dies at the age of 82.

Row over Caribbean dolphin parks plan
  Turks and Caicos Islands debates marine mammal park

VIDEO: Using science to combat flooding
  Scientists at Newcastle University are going in search of floods, trying to learn what causes them so they can prevent future flash flooding.

Key Inmarsat rocket flight 'success'
  A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat is declared a success.

VIDEO: Nasa team 'living on Mars' for a year
  A team of Nasa recruits begins living near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars.

Year-long 'Mars isolation' begins
  A team of Nasa recruits begins a year-long isolation in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate life on Mars.

'We need New Zealand to act', says Helen Clark on climate change
  Global commitments to greenhouse gas reductions ahead of a world summit in Paris are not enough to tackle climate change - and developed countries, including New Zealand, need "to do more", United Nations Development Programme administrator...

Satellite image of IS destruction
  A French satellite system pictures a pile of rubble where the ancient Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra in Syria used to stand.

VIDEO: Life on Mars year-long simulation
  A team of Nasa recruits begins living near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars.

Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say

Climate scientists are predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record “by a mile”, with the increase in worldwide average temperatures dramatically undermining the idea that global warming has stopped – as some climate-change sceptics claim.

Kauri dieback disease still rampant in ranges
  Kauri dieback disease is still ravaging Auckland's Waitakere Ranges.It's now seen as a greater threat to the 28,000 ha park than invasive weeds, biosecurity threats or fire.The disease is being closely monitored and managed, particularly...

Satellite revisits Hurricane Katrina
  A UK-built satellite delivered the first orbital picture to US disaster response coordinators following Hurricane Katrina. Ten years on, a British spacecraft has re-imaged the Mississippi Delta.

Has Defra shown badger culling works?
  Pallab Ghosh assesses the evidence for the decision to extend the cull of badgers to control TB in cattle.

Cities wise to toxic hazard
  Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett applauded Porirua's move but said there were no plans to introduce a similar bylaw in the capital."People don't understand that the water they wash down the street goes somewhere. I guess...

Badger cull extended into Dorset
  The badger cull is to be extended into Dorset following pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset, the government announces.

Key Inmarsat rocket flight under way
  A rocket launches from Kazakhstan carrying the spacecraft needed by London-based Inmarsat to complete its new £1bn global telecommunications network.

Small Business: Upcycling - Helen Copplestone, KARKT
  Helen Copplestone and her husband Samuel Wyrsch founded KARKT , which makes bags from upcycled materials, late last year. Can you tell me a bit more about what you do at KARKT? KARKT i

VIDEO: Knut died of autoimmune illness
  Scientists say they can now explain what happened to Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011.

Inmarsat set for key rocket launch
  Britain's biggest satellite operator, Inmarsat, awaits the launch of the spacecraft that will complete its new £1bn global telecommunications network.

VIDEO: Monbiot butchers and eats a squirrel
  The writer and environmentalist George Monbiot cooks dead squirrel in the Newsnight studio as he discusses the outraged reaction he got on social media after revealing he had cooked and eaten a "road kill" squirrel.

Peter Cullinane: Saving kiwi a matter of pride
  I remember seeing a kiwi in the wild for the first time. It struck me as looking a little like a feathered rugby ball with sturdy legs and a long beak! But what really struck me was that the kiwi oozed attitude! Feistiness personified....

Small Business: Upcycling - Fiona Clements, Senorita AweSUMO
  Fiona Clements is the founder and designer at Dunedin-based fashion brand Senorita AweSUMO . Can you tell me about Senorita AweSUMO and how upcycling relates to what you do?
Dating ... the sticking point
  It may be the strangest Kiwi OE ever - a gangly, hard-to-spot native bug hitches to Britain and evolves to reproduce without the need for the blokes back home.Now, biologists at Massey University's Phoenix Lab have brought a few...

Nasa says sea levels have risen faster than thought due to climate change

Sea levels have risen 8cm in the past 20 years because of climate change, according to Nasa research.

Government plans steep cuts in solar
  The government says it plans to significantly reduce subsidies paid to small scale green power installations.

Knut polar bear death riddle solved
  Scientists say Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011, had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain that is also recognised in humans.

VIDEO: Check-ups for homeward-bound orangutans
  Thailand has been carrying out health checks on 14 orangutans, in preparation for their repatriation to Indonesia.

The washing away of Cajun culture
  Why Cajun culture is being washed away

Small Business: Upcycling - Fiona Leaning, ReMaterialise
  What is ReMaterialise , and what upcycling is involved in what you do? At ReMaterialise we take single use plastic supermarket bags from all over the country and turn them int

Turning snapper into mutants
  Ever since the heated debate last year about the quota system for snapper, it has been clear that the people of New Zealand care deeply about this fish.Out of all the work I have seen that improves water quality, none is so impressive...

Invasive bug 'could spread in UK'
  An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK.

Greenpeace pic from iwi talks, says Statoil
  An oil company with an exploration licence off Northland has been accused by Greenpeace of trying to secretly get onside with iwi leaders.The environmental organisation sent a picture to the Herald showing three Statoil executives...

Hawking: Black holes store information
  Black holes preserve information about the things that fall into them, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.

Small Business: Upcycling - Amanda Judd and Reza Fuard, Lovenotes
  Amanda Judd founded Lovenotes in 2008 and is the company's head of customer experience; Reza Fuard is the firm's CEO. What does Lovenotes do? Amanda: We'll take

Thousands of microbes in house dust
  The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different types of fungi and bacteria, a study suggests.

Aphantasia: A life without mental images
  Scientists identify the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot create images in their head

Hot pools a gold mine
  Our picture-postcard hot springs aren't just natural treasures - they're also treasure chests laden with silver and gold, scientists say.New research has estimated that the geothermal systems that heat our bubbling hot pools could...

VIDEO: 'Dangerous' whale rescue takes two days
  A team of marine life rescuers spend two days in freezing Icelandic waters to free a whale that had become entangled in fishing gear.

Pierre Ducret: Shifting to a resilient economy is an economic conundrum
  Following the global economic crisis that deeply affected Europe after 2008, there was a debate between those who considered that recovering growth with traditional economic means was the urgent priority to bring back employment and...

How a tiny backpack could solve the mystery of mass bee deaths
  This could be how to solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

Carbon credits 'like printing money'
  The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine do not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study.

Low-cost robot hand wins Dyson prize
  A budget-priced 3D-printed robotic hand for amputees is the UK winner of 2015's James Dyson Award for engineering design.

Kiwis tag along on bee loss study
  Scientists are putting backpacks on bees - or at least their high-tech equivalent - as part of a new global effort to reverse the decline of our hard-working pollinators.Around the world and here in New Zealand, researchers have...

Dolphin eco-hero off to US
  Auckland teen Libby Christophers is on a mission to save an at-risk dolphin.She may be only 15 but she has learned more about the environment than most adults.Libby is the latest winner of Newstalk ZB's Good As Gold promotion,...

Universal flu vaccine comes closer
  Researchers say they are closer to developing a universal ‘catch all’ flu jab after promising trials in animals.

Greenland glacier sheds big ice chunk
  Scientists are studying a big mass of ice that has broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland.

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