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Mt Eden summit vehicle ban confirmed likely by end of year
  A ban on cars from the summit of Mt Eden, one of Auckland's most popular tourist spots, has been confirmed as likely by the end of this year.The Maunga Authority that oversees Auckland volcanic cones says consideration of pedestrian...

VIDEO: The Sumatran rhino in need of a mate
  The Borneo Rhino Alliance are trying to find a suitable mate for a Sumatran rhino.

Solar plane aims for Chinese coast
  The round-the-world, fuel-free aeroplane, Solar Impulse, head to Nanjing to prepare for an epic Pacific crossing.

Rosetta's comet throws out big jet
  Europe's Rosetta probe catches its comet quarry in the act of producing a huge jet of gas and dust.

VIDEO: New glass frog has translucent skin
  A new species of glass frog has been found in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica.

Diver wins environmental award
  A diver from the Isle of Arran in Scotland wins one of the world's most prestigious environmental awards.

Is it safe for Sherpas to go back to Everest?
  Is it safe for Sherpas to go back to Everest?

Turning Ethiopia's desert green
  A land remembered for famine is slowly turned green

Cuban endangered crocs return home
  Sweden sends Cuba the offspring of endangered crocodiles given by Fidel Castro to a Russian cosmonaut in the 1970s.

Energy companies' fuel reserves contain five times the amount of carbon dioxide that can be safely burned, report says

Private and state-owned energy companies own reserves of fuel containing more than 3,200 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide – nearly five times the amount that can be burned if the global temperature is to be kept to within safe levels, according to a report.

Global e-waste continues to pile up
  More electronic waste than ever hit the rubbish tips last year, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness.Last year, 41.8 million tonnes of so-called e-waste - mostly fridges,...

UK monitoring French nuclear issue
  Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.

VIDEO: Sperm whale filmed 'doing laps'
  A sperm whale surprises scientists carrying our research in the Gulf of Mexico as it circulates their equipment.

The Arctic is 'unraveling' due to climate change, and the consequences will be global
  We often hear that climate change is radically reshaping the Arctic, a place many of us have never visited. As a result, it can be hard to feel directly affected by what's happening up in a distant land of polar bears, ice floes and...

'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps
  A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.

General Election 2015: Academics call on parties to set out plans to evacuate cities and move to a fossil fuel-free economy

Academics and campaigners are calling on all parties to set out clear plans to evacuate cities and move to a fossil fuel-free economy, as they condemn politicians of all persuasions for virtually ignoring climate change during their election campaigning.

Demand for rubber 'threatens forests'
  The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study.

'3D Cryosat' tracks Arctic winter ice
  Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever satellite-observed winter extent - that was not the case for its volume, new data reveals.

Smart waders go fishing for science
  Scientists are developing smartphone-connected waders that fly-fishing enthusiasts could wear to help them find their catch, but also to collect key data about water properties.

VIDEO: Dead fish problem in Rio rowing lake
  Tonnes of dead fish are being removed from a lake in the centre of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which is due to host rowing and canoeing events at the 2016 Olympic Games.

VIDEO: Russian polar bears debut in Sao Paulo
  Two Russian polar bears make their debut at Sao Paulo's Aquarium, as the only members of their species in the country.

Pippa Middleton fires up conservation groups after eating whale
  Her brother-in-law has led a personal crusade against poaching and protecting vulnerable wildlife.So Pippa Middleton's decision to enjoy a plate of whale meat on holiday may have been rather difficult for Prince William to swallow.The...

Beyond the first law of computing
  Moore's Law is approaching its 50th birthday, but will its prediction that processors will keep doubling in power hold true for much longer?

Marie Brown: Answer there if we want to halt loss
  Yesterday we highlighted the importance of protecting nature, demonstrated how it underpins our long-term prosperity and showed that we are not doing a good enough job of protecting it.And we established it was because there are...

Brian Fallow: Climate costs left for the future
  It seems the Government plans to rely heavily on a hoard of cheap, low-quality carbon credits to meet its current climate change target.Or at least pretend to meet it.In 2013 the Government undertook - under the United Nations...

The 'cursed' disabled boy and the people of the sea
  The disabled boy struggling to find a role with the people of the sea

Council notifies kauri removal but says nothing's changed
  Auckland Council is inviting public submissions on an application to remove a 30m kauri tree at a secluded Whangaparaoa Peninsula house but denies it was influenced by last month's public outcry over secret consent to cut down a kauri...

How octopuses coordinate their arms
  Researchers reveal the secret of an octopus's unique movement, revealing how the animals co-ordinate their eight, flexible arms.

Gravity boost to geothermal hunt
  Observations from space assist the search for new locations to site geothermal power stations.

VIDEO: To frack or not to frack?
  Graham Satchell explains why fracking is such a divisive subject.

Warning over aerosol climate fix
  Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.

VIDEO: What are 'stranded assets'?
  BBC News looks at the idea of "stranded assets", part of the debate on climate change and global energy policy.

VIDEO: Are fossil fuel reserves too large?
  BBC News looks at the idea of "stranded assets", part of the debate on climate change and global energy policy.

Kauri battle: Man charged with trespass
  The man charged with trespass after the Titirangi kauri protest has appeared in court. Michael Tavares [ta va riss] spent 72 hours up the tree in a successful effort to stop the property owner building a house. He's been remanded...

Marie Brown: Damaging our heritage is too easy
  New Zealand's rich natural heritage is globally significant and in serious decline.Despite extraordinary efforts by many of us, species like the kiwi and ecosystems such as wetlands continue to reduce in number and extent. We now...

How does new dark matter evidence for together?
  What does flurry of new studies say about dark matter?

How does new dark matter evidence fit together?
  What does the flurry of new studies say about dark matter?

YouTube graffiti tracks cave water
  Scientists are using YouTube videos to study a spectacular cave just outside Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Bardarbunga eruption gases estimated
  Scientists quantify the emissions from Iceland's spectacular Bardarbunga-Holuhraun eruption.

Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'
  Scientists have uncovered a vital new insight into the nature of dark matter.

Coloured Pluto comes into view
  The New Horizons probe, which is bearing down on Pluto, has captured its first colour image of the distant dwarf planet.

Whale's record migration across Pacific
  A gray whale makes a 22,500 km (14,000 mile) journey across the Pacific Ocean - the longest migration of any mammal, say scientists.

SpaceX rocket recovery fails again
  US firm SpaceX fails in its third attempt to retrieve a booster rocket intact, after an otherwise successful launch.

SpaceX nearly recovers rocket
  US firm SpaceX narrowly fails to recover its rocket booster in an otherwise successful mission to the space station.

VIDEO: Shipment of groceries en route to ISS
  The SpaceX supply ship is on its way to the ISS with a supply of groceries and a specially designed espresso machine.

Zombie worms ate plesiosaur bones
  A deep-sea worm that eats whale bones has existed for 100 million years and may have chewed up chunks of the fossil record, a study suggests.

Comet lander tells magnetic story
  The comet being trailed through space by Europe's Rosetta probe has no magnetic field of its own - an important observation in the understanding of how the icy dirt-ball formed billions of years ago.

Rare ginger kiwi released into wild
  A unique ginger-coloured kiwi chick has been released into the wild after reaching stoat-proof weight.Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua hatched its first kiwi with unusual ginger-tinged feathers, Kindara, last November.After...

Dutch court bid on climate change
  Campaigners in the Netherlands are taking the government to court for allegedly failing to protect its citizens from climate change.

VIDEO: Call to rethink hare culling
  Environmental groups are calling for a three-year ban on the culling of mountain hares on grouse moors across Scotland.

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