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What does 1.5C mean in a warming world?

Image copyright Climate Vulnerable Forum Over the past three years, climate scientists have shifted the definition of what they believe is the “safe” limit of climate change. For decades, researchers argued the global temperature rise must be kept below 2C by the end of this century to avoid the worst impacts. But scientists now argue […]

IPCC: Climate scientists consider ‘life changing’ report

Image copyright Jonas Gratzer Image caption People who live on some Pacific islands are worried they will lose their homes to the sea if temperature rise exceeds 1.5C It is likely to be the most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years. Leading scientists are meeting in South Korea this week to […]

IPCC: Climate scientists consider ‘life changing’ report

Image copyright Jonas Gratzer Image caption People who live on some Pacific islands are worried they will lose their homes to the sea if temperature rise exceeds 1.5C It will likely be the most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years. Leading scientists are meeting in South Korea this week to see […]

Secret life of rare antelope revealed

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption The lowland bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus) was spotted on camera traps The world’s largest forest antelope has been caught on camera in Uganda for the first time. The elusive striped antelope, known as the lowland bongo, was snapped in dense forest near the border with the Democratic Republic of […]

Pollution threatens the future of killer whales

Media captionPollution threatens future of killer whales Killer whales are in deep trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment, researchers say. A new study suggests the long-term viability of more than half of the different orca groups around the globe is now in question. Some populations, such as those around the UK, the […]

Home remedies ‘no deterrent’ against slugs and snails

Image copyright Hayley Jones, RHS Image caption Slugs can be unwelcome guests Home remedies used to deter slugs and snails from prized plants appear to have no scientific basis. Using the likes of grit or egg shells to guard against slug attack did not reduce damage to lettuces in trials. Five popular methods were tested […]

Tawny owl decline: Public urged to record ‘twit-twoos’

Image copyright PA Image caption The Tawny owl is recognised by its classic twit-twoo call Bird lovers are being urged to give up 20 minutes every week to listen out for the “twit-twoo” call of the Tawny owl, amid concerns over its numbers. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is asking people to listen for […]

China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

Image copyright Getty Images Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The research, carried out by green campaigners CoalSwarm, suggests that 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China. The authors say this is the same capacity to produce electricity as the […]

Hayabusa 2 rovers send new images from Ryugu surface

Image copyright Jaxa Japan’s space agency (Jaxa) has released new images from the robot rovers it has deployed to the surface of an asteroid. The photos reveal new details of the surface of the space rock, which is known as Ryugu. On 21 September, the rovers were released on to the surface by the “mothership”, […]

Europe’s Ariane-5 rocket makes 100th flight

Image copyright ARIANESPACE TV Image caption Tuesday’s Ariane climbs into dark skies above French Guiana Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket has completed its 100th mission. Tuesday’s flight saw it lift two big satellites into orbit from its operating base in French Guiana. Conceived originally to launch a European space shuttle, the rocket was adapted instead to […]