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Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire supplies water for drinking and hydro electricity England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned. Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people […]

Grace mission launches to weigh Earth’s water

Image copyright NASA Image caption SpaceX rocket: Climbing above California before heading south towards Antarctica A joint US-German mission has gone into orbit to weigh the water on Earth. The Grace satellites are replacing a pair of highly successful spacecraft that stopped working last year. Like their predecessors, the new duo will circle the globe […]

PM will pay to have ‘full association’ with EU research

Image copyright PETER POWELL Image caption The Prime Minister sets out her proposal for a special research relationship with the EU post-Brexit at Jodrell Bank The Prime Minister made the strongest commitment yet to “fully associate” the UK with the EU’s £24bn research programme post-Brexit. Theresa May said the UK would be willing to make […]

‘Permanent’ interstellar visitor found

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption An illustration of a grey/white asteroid on a starfield An asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit may have come from outside our Solar System, according to a new study. Unlike ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar object which briefly visited the Solar System earlier this year, 2015 BZ509 (affectionately known as BZ) seems […]

‘Shocking’ human impact reported on world’s protected areas

Image copyright PAUL MULONDO/WCS Image caption Despite more and more land being “protected”, biodiversity is still in decline One third of the world’s protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study. Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under “intense […]

‘Shocking’ human impact reported on world’s protected areas

Image copyright PAUL MULONDO/WCS Image caption Despite more and more land being “protected”, biodiversity is still in decline One third of the world’s protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study. Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under “intense […]

‘Shocking’ human impact reported on world’s protected areas

Image copyright PAUL MULONDO/WCS Image caption Despite more and more land being “protected”, biodiversity is still in decline One third of the world’s protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study. Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under “intense […]

‘Shocking’ human impact reported on world’s protected areas

Image copyright PAUL MULONDO/WCS Image caption Despite more and more land being “protected”, biodiversity is still in decline One third of the world’s protected lands are being degraded by human activities and are not fit for purpose, according to a new study. Six million sq km of forests, parks and conservation areas are under “intense […]

Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

Image copyright Simon J Pierce Image caption Whale sharks are the largest living fish Large numbers of endangered whale sharks have been sighted in waters off Madagascar. The first major scientific survey in the area shows there are far more of the huge fish than previously thought. Eighty-five individuals were identified in a single season […]

Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars

Media captionRichard Ellis: “Our bodies are made of atoms that were synthesised in stars” Astronomers have made the most distant ever detection of oxygen. They observed it in a galaxy of stars that existed just 500 million years after the Big Bang. But what is really fascinating is that this oxygen can only have been […]