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Rice ‘safely conserved’ in Philippines gene bank

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rice being harvested in Northwest Vietnam Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future. Samples in the world’s largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can survive drought and flooding. The […]

Six climate questions for ‘Green GB’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say we must keep global temperature rise under 1.5C – so what does that mean for the UK? Next week, ministers are likely to ask their advisers how Britain can reduce carbon emissions in line with that target. They’ve declared what they’re calling Green GB Week – a celebration of […]

Meet Europe’s new koala clan

Five southern koalas have been flown half way round the world as part of plans to create a back-up population of the species away from their native Australia. Although not an endangered species, they are considered to be vulnerable, and scientists will be studying them in their new home in the UK to see how […]

Rice ‘safely conserved’ in Philippines gene bank

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rice being harvested in Northwest Vietnam Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future. Samples in the world’s largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can survive drought and flooding. The […]

Six climate questions for ‘Green GB’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say we must keep global temperature rise under 1.5C – so what does that mean for the UK? Next week, ministers are likely to ask their advisers how Britain can reduce carbon emissions in line with that target. They’ve declared what they’re calling Green GB Week – a celebration of […]

Bid to save koalas with ‘back-up’ Europe clan

Five southern koalas have been flown half way round the world as part of plans to create a back-up population of the species away from their native Australia. Although not an endangered species, they are considered to be vulnerable, and scientists will be studying them in their new home in the UK to see how […]

‘Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Increased production of fruit and vegetables will be needed if diets change If the world wants to limit climate change, water scarcity and pollution, then we all need to embrace “flexitarian” diets, say scientists. This means eating mainly plant-based foods, and is one of three key steps towards a […]

Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Image copyright XPRIZE FOUNDATION Image caption Team Texas A&M Ocean Engineering: Autonomy is paramount The final of the ocean XPRIZE, which will see fleets of robots compete to map the largest area of seafloor inside 24 hours, will take place in deep waters off the coast of Greece. Teams will be invited in turn to […]

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

Media captionClimate change: How 1.5 degrees could change the world It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C. Keeping to the preferred […]

Hubble telescope hit by mechanical failure

Image copyright NASA Image caption Hubble has been been operational for 28 years The Hubble Space Telescope is operating with only essential functions after it lost one of the gyroscopes needed to point the spacecraft. The observatory, described as one of the most important scientific instruments ever created, was placed in “safe mode” over the […]