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UK firm contracts to service satellites
  Effective Space says it will launch "space drones" to prolong the life of telecommunications satellites in orbit.

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told
  Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate change targets, ministers are told.

Seismic surveys could be hurting penguins - experts
  Seismic surveying likened to "a nail gun for three months in your kitchen" for marine mammals could also be affecting the world's smallest species of penguin. New findings of the first ever study investigating effects of seismic...

Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues
  Wild dolphins burn up to 33,000 calories a day, say researchers - equivalent to about 60 salmon portions.

Explained: How you get your temperature forecasts
  We've probably all thought it at some point, and especially this summer.The highs and lows reported on the TV news just didn't gel with what you felt outside that day.There's a good chance you were right.While weather forecasting...

Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava
  Volcanologists say a "hazardous explosion" could be imminent, as thousands flee the area around Mount Mayon in the Philippines.

50 questions about the environment: Our nature
  New Zealand's destiny is inextricably tied to that of its celebrated environment. But our blue and green backyard is now under unprecedented pressure from a wave of pests and human activity, ranging from development and pollution...

Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy
  The Hubble telescope has scored an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe's oldest galaxies.

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site
  Donkeys, horses and camels are beaten and forced to carry tourists in extreme heat, a group says.

Fishing bosses asked Govt to keep monitoring info secret
  Fishing bosses asked the Government to keep secret what material it collected under a proposed new fisheries monitoring regime.But the industry says it was privacy and commercial concerns that prompted it to ask officials to keep...

Wallaby gives police slip on Sydney Bridge
  The unusual sight of a wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge has surprised early-morning motorists.

Total fire ban now in force across Otago and Southland
  Scorching temperatures have forced Fire and Emergency New Zealand to impose a total fire ban across Otago and Southland.Many parts of the country are tinder dry and Fenz is calling for people to be extra vigilant because the fire...

CO2 enigma: Fiordland study to clarify how much carbon dioxide our forests are sucking up
  Fiordland's lush green wilderness is used to push New Zealand's brand overseas - and scientists suggest it could also be sucking up far more carbon dioxide than we realise.Scientists have begun a new study that will use the spectacular...

NZ urged to back bid for Earth's largest reserve
  New Zealand is being urged to help create what would be the largest protected area on the planet.Greenpeace this week launched a campaign backing a European Union proposal to establish a 1.8 million sq km ocean sanctuary in Antarctica's...

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'
  Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China
  Fuel from the Sanchi has spread over more than 100 sq km and could badly damage marine life.

The Big Read: Climate change – the best and worst for NZ
  New Zealand's destiny is inextricably tied to that of its celebrated environment. But our blue and green backyard is now under unprecedented pressure from a wave of pests and human activity, ranging from development and pollution...

Wastewater spills into Lake Taupō , swimmers urged to avoid area
  Swimmers are being warned to stay away from part of Lake Taupō after a "fat berg" produced by waste and wipes caused wastewater to spill into the lake. The blockage led to wastewater bursting from under the manhole cover and...

Wastewater spills into Lake Taupō in 'fat berg', swimmers urged to avoid area
  Swimmers are being warned to stay away from part of Lake Taupō after a "fat-berg" produced by waste and wipes caused wastewater to spill into the lake. The blockage led to wastewater bursting from under the manhole cover and...

'Floating on air' after surgeons remove 19kg tumour
  Watch surgeons as they remove a 19.5kg tumour from a woman's body.

Antarctica: Life beneath the ice
  Niwa has released new photos revealing an abundance of life in the freezing waters beneath Antarctica's ice.In October, a team of scientists from New Zealand and Finland travelled to Antarctica for a scientific diving expedition...

Ridding NZ of pests will be good for our health
  Ridding New Zealand of rats and possums won't just be good for our cherished native wildlife - but also for us humans.That's according to researchers who have looked into the potential human health spin-offs of New Zealand's new...

Virus vs disease: New bid to help our honeybees
  Virus will be pitted against pathogen to combat a nasty disease hurting New Zealand's hard-working honeybees.New Zealand scientists have turned to what are called bacteriophages to combat bacterial pathogen American Foulbrood (AFB),...

50 questions about the environment: Our rivers
  New Zealand's destiny is inextricably tied to that of its celebrated environment. But our blue and green backyard is now under unprecedented pressure from a wave of pests and human activity, ranging from development and pollution...

How flowering plants conquered the world
  Scientists solve Darwin's "abominable mystery": How flowers rapidly evolved and spread across the globe.

Hot topic
  Can a series of scorching summers be blamed on climate change, and what do they tell us?

Baby Panda Yuan Meng makes debut in France
  The first panda ever born in France has gone on display to the public.

Cloned Newmarket dachshund expecting puppies
  Minnie Winnie was created by science after her owner won a competition.

Female engineers set for success
  The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.

Smallest cat in world: Footage of rare animal
  They weigh about 1kg and their eyes are six times more powerful than humans.

Dean Baigent-Mercer: How to spot a native
  From the distance they came: dark streams turned into rivers of tens of thousands of silhouetted seabirds in the twilight. Together they flew as a great vortex around the top of nearby Little Mangere Island and suddenly — all at...

Citizen science bags five-planet haul
  Astronomy enthusiasts help to confirm the existence of a five-planet system orbiting a far-off star.

UK satellite to make movies from space
  The spacecraft paves the way to a constellation collecting full-colour, hi-def video of Earth.

Campers blamed for chopping down trees to improve views at Marlborough site
  Campers seeking sea views have been blamed for chopping down native trees at a popular camping spot in Marlborough.The Department of Conservation is appealing for information after the trees were removed at Robin Hood Bay, 30km...

Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'
  A massive black hole is seen to eject streams of high energy particles after binging on hot gas.

A plastic-free high street by 2042?
  Many high street stores use plastic to protect their fruit and vegetables.

Record marine heatwave to 'energise' coming storm
  The "marine heatwave" that's engulfed New Zealand this summer made the Tasman Sea the warmest it ever had been for December.And now meteorologists say it could energise a storm forecast to hit the country early next week.At its...

Thirsty city
  With water usage and droughts across the globe rising, the race is on to manage water more efficiently.

How green are the Tories?
  Theresa May's environment policy pledge is the latest step in the party's journey on the issue.

Theresa May defends 'long-term' plastic waste plan
  Campaigners say "emergency" action is needed now as the PM unveils a 25-year plastics crackdown.

Environment strategy aims to stop needless plastic waste
  Theresa May launches a 25-year environmental plan, but green groups say it has no legal force.

Kitchen welfare
  In Switzerland, lobsters must now be stunned before being boiled - but do they really feel pain?

Polar explorer Ben Saunders shares his top tips
  Ben Saunders has led 13 expeditions since 2001 and has walked around 4,000 miles in skies.

Nasa rover Curiosity visits 'Scotland' on Mars
  Curiosity has reached a part of the Red Planet with geology named after places across Scotland.

'Serious gap' in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics
  A discrepancy in measurements of the Universe's expansion rate has now become "pretty serious".

Giant bat: Remains of extinct burrowing bat found in New Zealand
  The newly found bat is said to be three times the size of an average bat today.

The Birmingham high street that cut air pollution
  Local residents take part in a day-long experiment to cut traffic and improve air quality.

Dead zones: How our oceans are losing their breath
  They're called "dead zones" - patches of our ocean where oxygen plummets to levels so low that many animals passing through them suffocate and die.In just the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen...

Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago
  Newly discovered fossils in Germany shed light on the emergence of butterflies and moths.

Theresa May aims to eradicate plastic litter by 2042
  Theresa May will launch a 25-year plan to improve the environment but green groups say it has no legal force.

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