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No 'clear conclusions' on environment report
  The Government's much-vaunted report card on New Zealand's environment has been criticised by a watchdog, who says it fails to give a clear diagnosis of the country's health.Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright...

Nasa tests its most powerful booster yet
  Nasa has conducted a second round of test on a booster which is designed to send human beings deep into space.

Scientists created zombie 'Frankenturtles' to discover why loggerheads are dying
  The two majestic loggerhead sea turtles were dead, and nothing could change that. Like dozens of their kind, they'd succumbed in the ocean and washed up on Chesapeake Bay beaches, a major concern for marine biologists.But two researchers...

World class science 'will endure' in UK after Brexit
  The UK Science Minister, Jo Johnson, says that world class research will "endure" following the Brexit.

Ancient birds' wings preserved in amber
  Two wings from birds that lived alongside the dinosaurs have been found preserved in amber.

Helium discovery a 'game-changer'
  Scientists say they have found a large helium gas field in Tanzania, amid concerns global supplies are running out.

Inside Porton Down
  Dr Michael Mosley investigates Britain's most secretive and controversial military research base, Porton Down, on its 100th anniversary.

Thanks to climate change, the Arctic is turning green
  Earlier this month, Nasa scientists provided a visualisation of a startling climate change trend - the Earth is getting greener, as viewed from space, especially in its rapidly warming northern regions.And this is presumably occurring...

EU referendum: UK science wakes up to new future
  UK science must fight to make sure it is not an after-thought as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the EU, say research leaders.

Buenos Aires to shut scandal-prone zoo
  The mayor of Buenos Aires announces his administration has taken over the running of the city's zoo after a series of scandals.

Scientists hungry to deliver food system paradigm shift
  Eight universities across northern England join forces to form a scientific powerhouse at the launch of a five-year, £16m global food research programme.

Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing with landing in Seville
  The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, lands in the southern Spanish city of Seville to complete its historic Atlantic crossing.

Solar Impulse on course to complete Atlantic crossing in Spain
  The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, enters Spanish airspace with the aim of landing in Seville to complete its Atlantic crossing.

Rise of border fences hampers wildlife movements
  The growth of border fences in Central and Eastern Europe in recent years is a "major threat" to wildlife, according to a new study.

Frog rescue: Last hope for endangered amphibian
  How a shipping container became a last sanctuary for one of the world's most endangered amphibians, the mountain chicken frog.

Solar Impulse on track for Seville landing
  The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, is aiming to complete its Atlantic crossing on Thursday with a landing in Seville.

Diesels more polluting below 18C, research suggests
  Pollution from many popular diesel cars is much worse when it is colder than 18C outside, new research suggests.

'Last breath'
  In June 1997, astronauts on the Russian space station Mir faced disaster after the worst collision in the history of manned space flight.

Warmer winters play important role in EU emissions drop
  Milder winters have contributed to a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions across the EU over the past quarter of a century.

Tim Peake: 'I saw flames outside the window'
  British astronaut Tim Peake describes his dramatic journey home to Earth from the International Space Station.

Peake: 'I would return to space in a heartbeat'
  Tim Peake says he would go back into space "in a heartbeat" after his six-month mission to the space station.

Iceland's fishing industry 'better off outside' EU
  Iceland's fishing minister says the country would "never join the European Union" because the industry is thriving outside the bloc.

New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming'
  Temperatures around the world are rising faster than scientists can develop varieties that can cope with a warmer world, according to a new study.

How early mammals evolved night vision to escape dinos
  Night-time vision evolved millions of years ago in early mammals, a study suggests.

Project re-ignited
  Andy Green says a new source of funding means preparations to run the Bloodhound 1,000mph supersonic car in South Africa next year can resume.

China builds world's most powerful computer
  The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight in China has topped a newly published list of supercomputers.

British astronaut Tim Peake's 'incredible experience'
  British astronaut Tim Peake has said he is elated to be back on earth after six months onboard the international space station.

UK astronaut Tim Peake returns to Earth
  UK astronaut Tim Peake is safely back on Earth after a historic mission to the International Space Station.

Final handshakes in space station
  British astronaut Tim Peake has boarded the spacecraft that will return him to Earth following an historic six-month mission to the space station.

Nasa-style mission needed to map ocean floor
  Ocean experts call for international action to generate the kinds of maps of global seabeds that space missions have already returned for the Moon and Mars.

Melt ponds suggest no Arctic sea-ice record this year
  Arctic sea-ice may have hit a record low in May but that does not mean September will set a new minimum mark, say polar experts at Reading University, UK.

Mars crater named after Nepal quake village Langtang
  A crater on Mars is named Langtang, in tribute to one of the worst-hit villages during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Study unlocks surprising behaviour of soil bacteria
  Newly sequenced genomes of soil bacteria have led to questions about how differing land management affects the organisms' behaviour, on agriculture and emissions.

UK-funded ice breaker in 'elite' Arctic tourism row
  Government-funded ice breaker criticised for guiding luxury cruise in the Arctic as worries grow over the environmental impact of tourists.

Dead Sea drying
  The Dead Sea is one of the great ecological treasures of the world but it is shrinking at an alarming rate, as Kevin Connolly reports.

Tree planting at 'an all time low'
  Official figures released today by the Forestry Commission show that the government is falling far short of its own tree-planting targets

European Space Agency still backing Mars rover project
  Member states of the European Space Agency have reaffirmed their commitment to launch a rover to Mars in 2020.

More gravitational waves detected
  Scientists announce the detection at Earth of another burst of gravitational waves coming from a black hole merger.

Tim Peake: The UK astronaut's best photos and comments
  Has Tim Peake got the best photo album on (and off) Earth? As his space mission comes to an end, we compile some of his best shots along with his comments.

Zion revisited
  US scientists produce their most precise date yet for the colossal landslide that shaped the big red canyon running through what is now Zion National Park.

China and the US progress on talks in Washington aimed at combating climate change

The US and China declared a common vision for combating climate change at a formal summit in Washington DC between their presidents, Xi Jinping and Barack Obama. The two leaders also struck a preliminary deal to outlaw cyber-espionage.

Tories undermining global fight against climate change, say leading figures

Britain’s reputation on the environment has suffered so badly under the new Conservative government that it could undermine the global fight against climate change, leading figures in the green movement have warned.

Giant 'blob' of cold water in North Atlantic bucking trend of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures, say scientists

A giant “blob” of cold water has appeared in the North Atlantic over the summer months, bucking the global trend of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures around the world, scientists said.

Arctic melting will cost the global economy £33 trillion by end of next century, scientists calculate

The melting of the Arctic permafrost and the subsequent release of carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere will alone add an extra $43 trillion (£33tn) cost of climate change to the global economy by the end of the next century, scientists have calculated.

Last month was planet Earth's hottest August for at least 135 years, according to US scientists

Last month was the hottest August ever recorded on Earth, according to US scientists.

El Nino could make 2015 'the hottest year on record'... and 2016 will be even hotter

The slowdown in global warming is likely to end within two years as the Earth’s climate system undergoes a radical shift that could push temperatures to record highs this year and next, according to the Met Office.

Tories ignore clean air rules - despite 29,000 deaths from pollution each year

Fears that the Government is weakening its commitment to the environment have been heightened after it emerged that at least two Whitehall departments have admitted ignoring a Supreme Court ruling on clean air.

London, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo among cities that will be submerged under water if we burn all fossil fuel reserves, says report

London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong are some of the cities that would be submerged under the sea if the world burns all of its accessible fossil fuel reserves, a new report has warned.

Global warming causing record rock falls in the Alps, warns expert

A French expert is predicting a record number of rock falls in the Alps this year as rising temperatures, thought to be a result of climate change, cause the permafrost to melt.

Big Six energy companies have 'quietly abandoned their green electricity tariffs'

The commitment of the Big Six energy companies to tackling climate change has been called into question after it emerged that they have all quietly dropped their green electricity tariffs.

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