Big day for Nasa and SpaceX stymied by weather
26/05/2020 | news | science | 386
A late decision is made to delay the first astronaut launch to orbit from US soil in nine years.
'Billions of years of evolutionary history' under threat
26/05/2020 | news | science | 142
'Weird and wonderful' animals unlike anything else on Earth are sliding toward extinction, say scientists.
Coronavirus: Can we stay safe as lockdown eases?
26/05/2020 | news | science | 334
As lockdowns ease, what are the risks of getting infected as people come into closer contact again?
Birds 'ingesting hundreds of plastic pieces a day'
21/05/2020 | news | science | 96
Plastic pollutants in UK rivers are finding their way into wildlife and moving up the food chain.
Covid recovery could 'tip the balance' for nature
21/05/2020 | news | science | 72
Scientists call for the conservation of nature to be at the centre of the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.
Car surge could see CO2 rebound after Covid-19
19/05/2020 | news | science | 1,761
An analysis shows a huge daily CO2 drop, but a return to car travel may see emissions rebound.
Top 10 tips for combating climate change revealed
19/05/2020 | news | science | 1,401
A report lists some of the best ways people can tackle their own contribution to climate change.
Coronavirus: 'We're in the experimental phase'
14/05/2020 | news | science | 195
As lockdown is eased, we all become participants in a vast, very cautious observational experiment, experts say.
Pandemic puts spotlight on landmark year for nature
13/05/2020 | news | science | 381
The pandemic could have an impact on conservation efforts for years to come, say conservation experts.
MPs urge UK ban on chlorinated chicken
12/05/2020 | news | science | 1,389
Hormone-fed beef and chlorine-washed chicken should remain banned in England. the government is warned.
Study pours cold water on oil firm net zero claims
11/05/2020 | news | science | 286
Doubt is cast on claims fossil fuel companies are curbing their CO2 in line with net zero targets.
'Nearest black hole to Earth discovered'
06/05/2020 | news | science | 137
An unseen object is found to be lurking in a double-star system a mere 1,000 light-years from Earth.
More than 3bn could live in extreme heat by 2070
05/05/2020 | news | science | 453
Areas such as India, Australia and Africa are predicted to be among the worst affected.
'Insect apocalypse' more complex than thought
23/04/2020 | news | science | 387
The health of insect populations globally is far more varied than previous research suggested.
2019 was Europe's warmest year on record
22/04/2020 | news | science | 738
Europe is heating faster than the global average as data shows last year was the warmest on record.
Don't forget 'deeper emergency', says UN chief
21/04/2020 | news | science | 159
Environmental crises must not be forgotten amid the pandemic, says the UN Secretary General.
Banning cars made easier to aid social distancing
20/04/2020 | news | science | 1,043
Councils in England can now ban cars from streets more easily to allow space for social distancing.
Biggest cosmic mystery 'step closer' to solution
15/04/2020 | news | science | 502
New experimental findings could help us solve one of the biggest mysteries about the Universe.
Virus lockdown 'could boost wild flowers'
08/04/2020 | news | science | 158
A plant charity is predicting a boost for wild flowers because some councils have stopped mowing.
Exploiting nature 'drives outbreaks of new diseases'
07/04/2020 | news | science | 197
New evidence has emerged of a link between our impact on nature and pandemics sweeping the world.
Coronavirus: 'Pets no risk to owners' vets stress
07/04/2020 | news | science | 273
Vets stress that pets pose little to no risk to their owners but recommend keeping cats indoors to prevent spread among animals.
Virus will transform UK work and travel, says AA
02/04/2020 | news | science | 403
The motoring organisation predicts a permanent reduction in the demand for travel.
Should more of us wear face masks?
01/04/2020 | news | science | 1,621
Experts are set to assess the value of face masks in helping slow the spread of coronavirus.
Virus forces postponement of key climate talks
01/04/2020 | news | science | 232
A key climate conference due in November is delayed over disruption caused by the coronavirus.
Lockdown prompts clear fall in UK air pollution
31/03/2020 | news | science | 304
Ground monitoring stations in major British cities detect clear reductions in two major pollutants.
'Gob-smacking' vision for future UK transport
27/03/2020 | news | science | 712
Public transport and active travel will be the "natural first choice", the Transport Secretary says.
How to predict threats to animals from plastic
27/03/2020 | news | science | 62
Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.
Help needed to rescue UK's old rainfall records
25/03/2020 | news | science | 254
Pre-1960s handwritten rain gauge data can inform drought and flood planning, but only if digitised.
How safe are takeaways and supermarket deliveries?
25/03/2020 | news | science | 775
If coronavirus can be transferred on to surfaces, what are the risks of buying food?
Calls to protect great apes from coronavirus
25/03/2020 | news | science | 82
The possibility of infection in great apes like gorillas warrants the utmost caution, say experts.
Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas
24/03/2020 | news | science | 255
Solar, wind and hydro electric installations are often built in conservation areas.
Natural history TV 'boosts species awareness'
19/03/2020 | news | science | 108
Programmes, such as Sir David Attenborough's, triggered a greater interest in species.
Polluting gases fall rapidly as coronavirus spreads
18/03/2020 | news | science | 676
Some regions show significant drops in air pollutants as the coronavirus hits work and travel.
Greenland and Antarctica ice loss accelerating
11/03/2020 | news | science | 789
The Earth's great ice sheets are losing mass six times faster today than they were in the 1990s.
Mars rover mission delayed until 2022
11/03/2020 | news | science | 101
Europe and Russia decide to postpone their mission to search for life on the Red Planet.
Budget gets mixed reaction on green issues
11/03/2020 | news | science | 137
The Budget has simultaneously pleased and infuriated environmentalists.
New rules could spell end of 'throwaway culture'
10/03/2020 | news | science | 391
Regulations hope to tackle products that are are bought, used briefly, then binned.
UK 'can't go climate neutral before 2050'
09/03/2020 | news | science | 1,253
The UK cannot reach net zero before 2050 unless people stop flying and eating red meat, a report says.
Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter
05/03/2020 | news | science | 512
The continent's winter months have seen average temperatures reach 3.4C above the long-term norm.
Europe's telescopes 'can meet satellite challenge'
04/03/2020 | news | science | 63
Europe's flagship telescopes will cope with the effects of thousands of new satellites in the sky.
Climate woes grow amid wettest February on record
02/03/2020 | news | science | 579
Last month was the wettest ever February in the UK, according to records that stretch back to 1862.
Onshore wind 'to make comeback in UK'
02/03/2020 | news | science | 634
The cheapest form of new power in the UK - onshore wind - is to make a comeback.
'Biggest explosion since Big Bang' detected
28/02/2020 | news | science | 512
The blast in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster left a cavity 15 times bigger than our Milky Way galaxy.
PM gives green light to post-Brexit research deal
27/02/2020 | news | science | 124
The UK will endeavour to continue in an EU science programme after Brexit.
Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?
18/02/2020 | news | science | 243
The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.
Forecasters set for 'billion pound' supercomputer
14/02/2020 | news | science | 498
A new supercomputer is to be built by 2022 to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting.
Deforested Amazon areas 'net emitters of CO2'
11/02/2020 | news | science | 352
Up to a fifth of the Amazon rainforest has become a net source of CO2, research suggests.
We're worse with food waste than we think
10/02/2020 | news | science | 158
Every person in the world is wasting about 500 calories of food a day, according to a new study.
Solar Orbiter: Sun mission blasts off
07/02/2020 | news | science | 408
The European probe will gather some of the most detailed ever pictures and movies of our star.
OneWeb launches first big batch of satellites
06/02/2020 | news | science | 147
The UK-based firm launches 34 spacecraft for its broadband internet mega-constellation.
Fireflies are at risk - tourism is partly to blame
06/02/2020 | news | science | 62
Tourists love the sight of fireflies glowing at night but it can kill the insects, scientists say.
Clean tech 'won't solve climate change in time'
05/02/2020 | news | science | 628
Breakthrough technologies cannot be relied on to help the UK meet its climate targets, a report says.
Green light for UK telecoms satellite at Moon
04/02/2020 | news | science | 89
The Lunar Pathfinder spacecraft will sell communications services to other missions at the Moon.
Loss of bumblebees driven by 'climate chaos'
04/02/2020 | news | science | 360
"Climate chaos" has caused widespread losses of bumblebees across continents, experts say.
PM 'admitted he doesn't get climate change'
04/02/2020 | news | science | 2,049
Boris Johnson has failed to lead over the UK's hosting of a key climate summit, its former boss says.
Ban on petrol and diesel car sales brought forward
03/02/2020 | news | science | 3,031
Boris Johnson unveils the plan as he launches a "year of climate action" alongside Sir David Attenborough.
Bill proposes ban on plastic waste exports
30/01/2020 | news | science | 111
Plastic waste exports to developing countries to be banned or restricted under new law.
Space probe 'transforms planet formation theory'
29/01/2020 | news | science | 149
Scientists say they have overturned the prevailing idea for how the planets in our Solar System formed.
'Hidden' plastic chemicals build up in seabirds
28/01/2020 | news | science | 228
Chemicals in plastics can build up in seabirds at levels thousands of times higher than normal.
PM unveils fast-track science visas after Brexit
26/01/2020 | news | science | 706
Boris Johnson hails the UK as "open to the most talented minds" with quicker route in for scientists.
Cut meat and dairy intake 'by a fifth' says report
22/01/2020 | news | science | 1,226
Taxes may be needed to curb eating meat and dairy in the effort to combat climate change.
Mission to reveal 'Truths' about climate change
21/01/2020 | news | science | 848
A UK-led satellite aims to get an absolute measurement of the light reflected off Earth's surface.
New UK housing 'dominated by roads'
20/01/2020 | news | science | 1,437
Roads are dominating new housing developments, a report says, despite more people wanting to drive less.
Soil at heart of farm grant revolution
15/01/2020 | news | science | 371
Soil protection will be a core issue as the Agriculture Bill returns to Parliament later.
Last decade confirmed as warmest on record
14/01/2020 | news | science | 2,347
Global data from three agencies also shows that 2019 was the second warmest year since 1850.
Citizens' assembly aims to tackle climate change
14/01/2020 | news | science | 639
UK panel will tackle some of the dilemmas around global warming.
Reconnecting with nature 'triggers' eco-actions
14/01/2020 | news | science | 93
People with access to green spaces are more likely to be more environmentally friendly, study says.
Australia's fires 'will be normal' in warmer world
13/01/2020 | news | science | 485
UK scientists say the recent fires in Australia are a foretaste of decades to come.
Plastic packaging ban 'could harm environment'
08/01/2020 | news | science | 1,124
Stopping plastic packaging could lead to higher carbon alternatives, a Parliamentary report says.
Food 'made from air' could compete with soya
07/01/2020 | news | science | 288
Finnish scientists say the food could be grown with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Last decade was UK's 'second hottest in 100 years'
02/01/2020 | news | science | 2,291
The year 2019 saw several high temperature records in the UK - concluding a record-breaking decade.
Met Office: Warming trend will continue in 2020
18/12/2019 | news | science | 611
Next year is expected to be another warm year, extending the series of the hottest on record.
$5bn fund unveiled for climate-friendly shipping
17/12/2019 | news | science | 128
Ship owners announce plans for a $5bn fund to design zero-emissions vessels.
Major emitters accused of blocking progress
10/12/2019 | news | science | 437
Brazil, China, India and Saudi Arabia are criticised as anger grows at a UN climate change meeting.
How a laurel leaf led to a new solar energy plan
09/12/2019 | news | science | 208
Tie-up of flexible solar film and energy storage aims to take homes and business off-grid.
1.9 billion people rely on natural 'water towers'
08/12/2019 | news | science | 72
A new study ranks the importance and vulnerability of high-mountain stores of water.
Negotiators 'playing politics' amid climate crisis
08/12/2019 | news | science | 483
Political posturing is harming attempts to address key issues at the UN climate talks, participants say.