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Climate change - Northland hotter, more droughts, floods and erosion
Climate change scientists have projected continued global greenhouse gas emissions would heat Northland heat up more than other regions - leadingto increased wild fires, flooding and coastal erosion, invasive pests and more drought...
Ants use Sun and memories to navigate
Scientists say ants can plot a route home even when travelling backwards.
Why are we running out of courgettes?
Bad weather in Italy and Spain is significantly increasing the price of vegetables across northern Europe
BBC Breakfast presenters meet 'Orangu-cam'
The Breakfast team have been monkeying around with one of the stars of new series 'Spy in the Wild'.
Insects imported to wage war on giant invasive reed
Two insects common around the Mediterranean will soon be chewing their way through a big problem in Northland.The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application by Northland Regional Council (NRC) to introduce...
Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts
US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.
Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt grilled on oil company ties
Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has faced some tough questioning at his confirmation hearing.
Fed up with severe smog, Chinese tourists swarming to countries with 'clean air'
Fed up with severe smog, Chinese tourists are swarming abroad to countries with "clean air" on their latest travel trend: "lung cleansing" tours.Some go as far as the Antarctic to breathe fresh air.Many parts of China have been...
Primates facing 'extinction crisis'
Primates are facing an extinction crisis, according to researchers who have found that 60% of species are under threat.
Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures
The onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.
Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance
A smartphone attachment that analyses DNA could help improve cancer and tuberculosis treatments.
Moth with 'golden flake hairstyle' named after Donald Trump
The moth, which has a wingspan of just over a centimetre, was discovered in California.
Obama administration gives $500m to UN climate change fund
The payment to the UN Green Climate Fund was announced three days before Donald Trump takes office.
IVF: First three-parent baby born to infertile couple
A technique designed to help parents affected by genetic disorders is used to tackle infertility.
Aeolus wind mission heads for test and launch
UK engineers finish the assembly of a wind-observing satellite that meteorologists expect to have a major impact on weather forecasts.
Babies remember their birth language - scientists
Babies learn language in the early months of life, and retain this knowledge, say scientists.
Inbreeding threatens Marlborough kiwi population once thought to be thriving
A population of kiwi once thought to be thriving in Marlborough is being threatened by inbreeding.Dr Helen Taylor, an expert in kiwi genetics and inbreeding, analysed a population of the little spotted kiwi on Long Island, and...
Drone footage shows huge Antarctic ice crack
Aerial video shows a huge ice crack which is forcing British Antarctic Survey staff to leave their base.
Last man to walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, has died
Documentary maker reflects on the life of astronaut Gene Cernan, following his death.
NZ scientists bound for Auckland Islands for annual bird and sea lion count
Scientists are this week heading to the subantarctic Auckland Islands for an annual survey of white-capped albatross and New Zealand sea lion numbers in the remote and windswept region.White-capped albatross are endemic to New Zealand...
Owha the leopard seal wows ferry commuters
A 300kg leopard seal looks to be in Auckland to stay, as the hefty visitor makes itself a summer spectacle for ferry commuters.Owha the female seal, which has been regularly spotted around Auckland over the past year, caused a stir...
Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area
Video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat causes alarm.
Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82
US astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, has died, his family and Nasa announce.
Venus wave may be Solar System's biggest
A giant wave in the atmosphere of Venus may be the biggest of its kind in the Solar System.
Trump team moving away from supporters on climate science
The incoming Trump administration accepts far more of the research on climate change than many of their political supporters, say British scientists.
Ice crack to put UK Antarctic base in shut-down
The British Antarctic Survey is pulling all staff out of the space-age Halley base in March because of a big crack in nearby ice.
Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed
Flames from an exploding battery were put out in less than half a second during tests.
Now playing in your forest: tui's greatest hits
If you've ever noticed how the music of our charismatic tui is much more impressive when heard in the bush, you're not mistaken.A new study has demonstrated how the plucky native bird's song is more complex in forest areas where...
Makeup products containing tiny plastic beads to be banned by Govt
Makeup and other beauty products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads will be banned in New Zealand because of concerns about their impact on waterways and marine life.Environment Minister Nick Smith announced the...
Make-up products containing tiny plastic microbeads to be banned by Govt
Make-up and other beauty products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads will be banned in New Zealand because of concerns about their impact on waterways and marine life.Environment Minister Nick Smith announced...
Filth continues to pour into Christchurch's waterways
Untreated wastewater will continue to be poured into Christchurch's waterways during storms and high rainfall.The city council is applying to Environment Canterbury for a new resource consent to continue discharging untreated wastewater...
PM on climate change: moderate not 'extreme' response needed
Prime Minister Bill English doesn't share Donald Trump's scepticism about global warming - but says he has always been wary of "extreme" views about the appropriate response to climate change.English's past comments on climate change...
Prince Charles co-authors Ladybird climate change book
Prince Charles co-authors a book for adults in the style of the well-known children's series.
NZ yellowhammers slow to lose English accent
Immigrants to New Zealand are often quick to pick up our signature twang - but it seems one ex-pat hasn't lost its British accent more than a century after moving here.That's the yellowhammer, a bird introduced in the 19th century,...
SpaceX rocket successfully lifts off
SpaceX successfully launches a rocket, its first mission since an explosion in September.
SpaceX returns to flight with Falcon 9 rocket launch
The US SpaceX rocket company resumes operations after a launch pad explosion in September.
Greenpeace intercept oil ship off Wairarapa
Greenpeace yesterday intercepted the world's largest seismic oil ship off the Wairarapa coast.The environmental group said in a statement it located the 125m ship Amazon Warrior while it searched for oil on behalf of Statoil and...
SpaceX rocket set to return to flight
The US SpaceX rocket company hopes to resume operations after a launch pad explosion in September.
A journey to Antarctica: Life on the frozen planet
I look out the window of the Hägglund - a vehicle resembling a little train on bulldozer tracks - and begin to cry. Towering above me, out the window, is a turquoise cliff some 50 metres high. It's the Barne Glacier. Finally it had...
Alien bird risk from pet trade
The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if birds manage to escape, research suggests.
Snow arrives in United Kingdoma as Heathrow flights grounded and flood-threatened coastal areas evacuated
Blizzard conditions are sweeping Britain, with snow falling as far south as London and dozens of flights grounded, amid coastal evacuations because of a flood risk.Thundersnow is expected to bring up to 7in (20cm) of snow in parts...
Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review
Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon off Swansea are backed in a government-commissioned review.
Our Blue Backyard: Will ecosystems hit tipping point?
Your research focuses on what are called ecosystem "tipping points". These sound dramatic. What are they? Tipping points represent a rapid transformation that occurs when an ecosystem loses its resilience, or its capacity to cope...
Orcas reveal the origin of menopause
By studying the long lives of killer whale families, researchers say they have solved the evolutionary mystery of the menopause.
Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life
Scientists say they have solved the mystery surrounding a sea creature that lived more than 500 million years ago.
Nightmare on the pill
Millions of women have no problem with the pill but some find it shatters their mental health. Here The Debrief's Vicky Spratt describes years of depression, anxiety and panic.
'Star Wars gibbon' is new primate species
Scientists have found a new species of gibbon living in the tropical forests of south west China.
Japanese monkey tries to mate with deer
A male Japanese monkey has been filmed trying to mount and mate with a Sika deer.
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