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Straws: UK government to bring in new controls on plastic

Image copyright Reuters In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the UK government will introduce new controls on single use plastic items next year. The measures cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England from April 2020. Only plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned from sale – currently 316 million […]

Climate change: Global sea level rise could be bigger than expected

Media captionHow climate change is sinking an Indian island Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica. The long-held view has been that the world’s seas would rise by a maximum of just under a metre by 2100. This new study, based on […]

Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have put together a map of the UK’s wasp population, showing the distribution of key species. Data recorded by volunteers gives an insight into where wasps are living in the nation’s grasslands, woodlands and towns. The researchers say wasps are a much maligned insect, which deserve more attention. Rather than […]

Greenpeace activists inside boxes block BP headquarters

Image copyright Greenpeace Image caption The activists are calling on BP to end exploration for oil and gas Climate activists inside five large containers have blocked the entrances to BP’s head office in central London. The Greenpeace protesters used cranes to transport the heavy boxes into place at St James’s Square in the early hours […]

Mars: The box seeking to answer the biggest question

Media captionA delicate operation: The ALD is lowered into the body of the rover Is it possible? Is there life on Mars? Ever since the Mariner 4 probe made the first successful visit to the Red Planet – a flyby in July 1965 – we’ve sent a succession of missions that have given us all […]

Crickets have hit the high street – can they save the planet?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fancy some crispy crickets for lunch? Not that long ago, many of us would grimace at the idea of eating raw fish, crunching on kale or slurping on a chia smoothie. Now thousands of us munch on California rolls doused in soy sauce during our lunch break without a […]

Spain alarmed by French bear’s attacks on sheep

Image copyright oncfs Image caption France released two Slovenian brown bears in the Pyrenees last October A female brown bear released in the French Pyrenees has killed eight sheep in Spain, prompting emergency talks between the two countries. Claverina is now roaming through the mountains of Navarre, having crossed from Béarn in south-western France. Spanish […]

Brazil’s Vale warns another mining dam at risk of collapse

Media captionBrazil’s mining dams: A disaster waiting to happen? Brazil’s mining firm Vale has warned that another dam is at risk of bursting months after the collapse of a similar structure killed more than 230 people. The dam near the south-eastern city of Barão de Cocais could burst next week if the current pace of […]

Will India energy pledges lead to CO2 rise?

Image caption India’s CO2 emissions is predicted to roughly double by 2040 India’s major political parties competing in the ongoing general elections have pledged free electricity to farmers, ambitious infrastructure projects and rapid expansion of the manufacturing sector. What impact could this have on carbon emissions in India, already the world’s third largest CO2 producer? […]

Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

Image copyright Mike Siva-Jothy Image caption Up close, the mouthparts the bugs use to suck blood are clearly visible A study that began as an investigation into the “utterly bizarre” way in which bedbugs reproduce has revealed they have existed for far longer than humans. DNA samples from 30 species of bedbug revealed the insects […]

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