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Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

Image copyright Getty Images White House representatives arrive at climate talks in Poland on Monday to promote coal and other fossil fuels. It’s expected that President Donald Trump’s energy adviser, Wells Griffith, will take part in the COP24 event. The controversial meeting occurs as investors managing $32tn (£25tn) in assets call for an end to […]

Nasa’s InSight probe listens to Martian winds

Media captionThe seismometer data has been raised two octaves to make it more audible (best with headphones) A UK instrument has captured “the sound” of the wind on Mars. The British seismometer package carried on Nasa’s InSight lander detected the vibrations from Martian air as it rushed over the probe’s solar panels. “The solar panels […]

Chang’e-4: China mission launches to far side of Moon

Image copyright CNSA Image caption Artwork: The Chang’e-4 rover will explore a huge impact basin on the far side China has launched the first mission to land a robotic craft on the far side of the Moon, Chinese media say. The Chang’e-4 mission will see a static lander and rover touch down in Von Kármán […]

Nasa’s InSight probe listens to Martian winds

Media captionThe seismometer data has been raised two octaves to make it more audible (best with headphones) A UK instrument has captured “the sound” of the wind on Mars. The British seismometer package carried on Nasa’s InSight lander detected the vibrations from Martian air as it rushed over the probe’s solar panels. “The solar panels […]

Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely

Image copyright AFP Image caption The heat wave experienced across the UK in the summer of 2018 could become commonplace Climate change has significantly boosted the chances of having summer heatwaves in the UK. A Met Office study says that the record-breaking heat seen in 2018 was made about 30 times more likely because of […]

Cars and coal help drive ‘strong’ CO2 rise in 2018

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The main factor in the rise is coal use in China A booming global market for cars has helped drive CO2 emissions to an all-time high in 2018, say researchers. The main factor in the near 3% rise has been coal use in China, driven by government efforts to […]

Fossil preserves ‘sea monster’ blubber and skin

Image copyright Johan Lindgren Image caption The fossil ichthyosaur comes from the Holzmaden quarry in south-west Germany Scientists have identified fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago. Blubber is a thick layer of fat found under the skin of modern marine mammals such as whales. Its discovery in this […]

Game-on for UK’s Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final

Image copyright Martin Avery Photography Image caption Team Tao’s USV: Technologies have had to be developed in just three years A UK-based team has arrived in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping. The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition is offering multi-million dollar awards for the best […]

Rats and pigeons ‘replace iconic species’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children feed pigeons in Kathmandu The modification of land for farming and building cities is favouring the same species everywhere, according to a new study. Animals like rats and pigeons are taking over from less common ones, which can survive only in certain habitats, say scientists. Researchers looked at […]

Rats and pigeons ‘replace iconic species’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children feed pigeons in Kathmandu The modification of land for farming and building cities is favouring the same species everywhere, according to a new study. Animals like rats and pigeons are taking over from less common ones, which can survive only in certain habitats, say scientists. Researchers looked at […]