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Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect's 'spittle'

Scientists want thousands of volunteers to help record sightings of "spittle" and spittlebugs across the UK.

School strike for climate: Protests staged around the world

From Australia to Europe, school children are skipping classes to call for action on climate change.

'Sabotaged' tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil

A satellite spotted an oil slick trailing from a tanker mysteriously attacked off the UAE on 12 May.

Everest: Three more die amid overcrowding near summit

Seven have died climbing the world's highest peak in a week - more than for the whole of last year.

The man who made Einstein world-famous

UK astronomer Arthur Eddington proved the German-born physicist's theory of relativity in May 1919.

SpaceX puts up 60 internet satellites

The California firm launches the first spacecraft in its multi-billion-dollar broadband project.

Climate change: Answers to your most asked questions

You sent us thousands of questions about climate change. Here are some answers to the most common.

Ozone layer: Banned CFCs traced to China say scientists

Atmospheric observations pinpoint eastern China as the source of a rise in ozone-destroying chemicals.

Letter makes plea to rich over climate

Scientists' letter urges wealthy to help fight “ecological catastrophe”.

'Unique' Iron Age shield discovered in Leicestershire

The British Museum, which will store the shield, described it as a "absolutely phenomenal object".

Straws: UK government to bring in new controls on plastic

In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the government will introduce new controls on plastic next year.

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

Researchers say sea levels may rise by 2m by the end of this century, double current predictions.

Washington becomes first US state to legalise human composting

Under the new law, people can choose to have their body turned into soil after their death.

Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps

Wasps are seen as 'bothersome and pointless' and not given the attention they deserve - researchers.

Greenpeace activists inside boxes block BP headquarters

Those inside the containers have enough food and water to last them for a week, it is claimed.

Mars: The box seeking to answer the biggest question

Europe prepares to send technology to Mars to look for evidence that there is life on the planet.

Compassionate conservation is 'seriously flawed'

The idea that you cannot kill any animal is "fatally flawed" as a conservation concept, scientists argue.

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

A London food chain is now including insects on its menu but can eating insects help save the planet?

Spain alarmed by French bear's attacks on sheep

France released two brown bears in the Pyrenees - but one has now killed eight sheep in Spain.

Single mum's Nasa internship funded by strangers

A single mother almost missed out on a coveted Nasa internship until strangers stepped in to help.

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

A mining dam could collapse as early as next week, months after a similar disaster killed 230 people.

Will India energy pledges lead to CO2 rise?

India's political parties promise free electricity to farmers and ambitious infrastructure projects.

Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

The much-maligned bedbug has been around for 115 million years - since dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

Plastic pollution: Flip-flop tide engulfs 'paradise' island

Up to a million shoes are among the tide of plastic debris washed up on an Australian island say scientists.

Artificial life form given 'synthetic DNA'

UK scientists have created an artificial version of the stomach bug E. coli that is based on an entirely synthetic form of DNA.

Antarctic instability 'is spreading'

Almost a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is now unstable, according to a new study.

Chang'e-4: Chinese rover 'confirms' Moon crater theory

The Chinese Chang'e-4 rover may have confirmed a longstanding idea about the origin of a vast crater on the Moon's far side.

Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped

Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots and fungi, connecting trees and plants to one another.

Plastic straws: Which companies are banning them?

A guide to the shops, restaurants and businesses that are moving to ban plastic straws.

Climate change: Half world's biggest airlines don't offer carbon offsetting

Half the world's biggest airlines are not giving flyers the opportunity to offset the CO2 from their flights.

Snakebites: Like having my hand smashed by a hammer'

The bites are a "hidden" health crisis causing a death every four minutes, says World Health Organization

Faroe Islands 'close down' as tourists fly in to repair them

The Faroe Islands declared themselves shut down as foreign volunteers came to take part in sustainable tourism.

How do you learn to drive on Mars?

Engineers are making sure their joint European-Russian rover will perform as expected on the Red Planet.

The elite soldiers protecting the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon is at risk from mining in French Guiana and it is the French Foreign Legion's job to protect it.

Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive

The LIGO-VIRGO instruments tasked with detecting gravitational waves triggered five times in April.

Five things we've learned from nature crisis study

The UN's global assessment of nature has some hard hitting lessons for the world.

Nature's emergency: Where we are in five graphics

Water, air pollution and deforestation are pushing the natural world to the brink.

Biodiversity heroes: The teenagers saving Madagascar's wildlife

This quiet, teen revolution could pave the way to Madagascar's sustainable future.

Autonomous boat makes oyster run

A shellfish consignment is carried across the busy North Sea by an Uncrewed Surface Vessel.

Could high-flying drones power your home one day?

How kites and drones could generate electricity to supplement conventional wind turbines.

Glimpsing a world beyond human extinction

Writer and explorer Robert MacFarlane explores the "underland" beneath our feet.

Antarctica: Thousands of emperor penguin chicks wiped out

The second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica disappears, satellite images show.

Confused about climate change? Talk to our chat bot

BBC News launches a chat bot to help users learn about climate change in weekly conversations.

Is the voice assistant on your phone sexist?

BBC's Megha Mohan finds out why voice assistant technologies often have female voices.

How the microscope became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the microscope became a million dollar idea.

Meet Belfast's young climate change protesters

Young people all over the world are walking out of school in protest of climate change - and Belfast is no different.

Lift off for SpaceX rocket carrying 60 satellites

A Falcon-9 rocket launches from Florida, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.

The effects of air pollution on human health

People with lung conditions describe the impact air pollution has on their health.

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Is the voice assistant on your phone sexist?

BBC's Megha Mohan finds out why voice assistant technologies often have female voices.

How the microscope became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the microscope became a million dollar idea.

Meet Belfast's young climate change protesters

Young people all over the world are walking out of school in protest of climate change - and Belfast is no different.

Lift off for SpaceX rocket carrying 60 satellites

A Falcon-9 rocket launches from Florida, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.

The effects of air pollution on human health

People with lung conditions describe the impact air pollution has on their health.

Driverless cars: Cambridge University model cars 'talk' to avoid jams

Researchers say it shows driverless cars working together could improve traffic flow by at least 35%.

How a new diet for gassy cows is helping the environment

Colombian farmers are piloting a way of raising cows that's better for the environment.

Is there a problem with salmon farming?

Marine biologist and diver David Ainsley is concerned about the effect fish farms have on marine life.

What's it like to be bitten by a bedbug?

The blood-sucking parasites have been around for at least 115 million years, according to a recent study.

Blue Planet II and other times TV changed the world

Bafta called for more environment plot lines on TV, here's a look at how television can raise awareness.

Meet the Arctic farmer hoping to make his town more sustainable

How is this man growing vegetables in the most northerly major human settlement on Earth.

Mariana Trench: Record-breaking journey to the bottom of the ocean

Victor Vescovo descended almost 11km in a submersible to the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean.

Stranded baby elephant rescued from lake

Officials in north-east India guided an elephant calf to safety, after it became separated from its mother.

Political will to fight climate change is fading, warns UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges world leaders to follow science advice on climate change.

How to reduce your carbon footprint when you fly

Aviation contributes to climate change, but there are ways to reduce your flight's impact on the planet.

Would you buy a home made from poo?

Dried sewage from Europe's largest treatment works in east London is being turned into house bricks.

Pilot Dave Mackay on becoming the first Scot in space

In February Dave Mackay guided Virgin Galactic's space craft to almost 56 miles (90km) above earth.

How fireflies inspired energy-efficient lights

Studying fireflies helped scientists increase light extraction in LEDs by more than 50%

Dollywood mannequin recycling tackles throwaway society

About 10,000 dummies and body parts are piled up at the creepy recycling centre.

What does a biodiversity emergency mean for humans?

Hundreds of thousands of different species of animals and plants are thought to be facing extinction.

Why is the US so bad at recycling?

Recycling has become so expensive that some cities have suspended their programmes.

Meet the scientists studying seal poo

Scientists in the Antarctic are monitoring seal poo to keep track of what's happening in the environment.

Leuser rainforest: Are palm oil farmers shooting orangutans?

Deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation is pushing orangutans closer to farmers who see them as pests.

The teenagers saving Madagascar's forest

Warnings about the future of the country's wildlife has led young locals to learn new skills to farm sustainably.

Leuser rainforest: The elephant men of Bener Meriah

A group of locals are the only thing preventing human-elephant conflict in a deforested area of Indonesian rainforest.

Some common concerns about electric cars explained.

Four common concerns about electric cars explained.

Michael Gove 'shares high ideals' of climate protesters

The environment secretary agrees with some of Extinction Rebellion's demands, but says there are "open questions" about the timescale for action.

How one woman beat mining giants and saved rare snow leopards

A woman from Mongolia has won the Goldman Environmental Prize after a campaign to stop mining firms destroying a critical habitat for snow leopards.

How cow dung can help fight climate change

Keeping soil in good condition is key to keeping carbon locked away, and it's possible cows can help.

Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcons' chicks hatch

Three noisy falcon chicks hungry for food reveal themselves in a cathedral spire nest.

Thousands of emperor penguin chicks drown

After severe weather in 2016 a large penguin colony at the Brunt ice shelf in Antarctica never recovered.

Disposable nappy recycling: How soiled nappies can be reused

Each year billions end up in landfill, but engineers have come up with a way to recover the plastic and other materials inside them.

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg: 'Listen to climate scientists'

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has an uncompromising message on climate change.

Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health.

Tulips from the air: Artist drawn to beauty of Norfolk flowers

It is their "beauty of colour and space that makes me keep coming back", artist says.

Dame Emma Thompson: 'If I could fly cleanly, I would'

Actress Dame Emma Thompson defends her decision to fly to London from the US to attend a climate change protest.

Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcons: A photographer's passion

Chris Skipper has been photographing urban peregrines nesting at Norwich Cathedral for nearly a decade.

Once destroyed by the Taliban, the Buddha statues live again

A team of conservators are working to breathe new life into a collection of Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban

Spikes on trees in Oxford to 'stop bird poo'

A wildlife campaigner says he believes the spikes are to stop birds from messing on cars.

Worries about agrochemicals led to a new farming movement

Worries about soil quality led to the creation of a new farming movement in the UK in the 1940s

The history of plastic in the sea

A metal box which has been dragged around the ocean first discovered a plastic bag sixty years ago.

Bacton sand martins return to cliff burrows after nets removed

The birds' nesting sites were blocked when netting was installed.

Plan to future-proof the ecology of Thetford Forest

How we use our forests has evolved from timber and food production to recreation.

Sheep attacks: 'These dogs have got a taste for blood'

Farmers who witnessed the aftermath of a brutal dog attack on their sheep are calling for changes to the law.

SpaceX nails triple booster landing after satellite delivery

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy launched a satellite into orbit for a Saudi Arabian company.

Would you sort your rubbish into seven different bags?

A city with impressive recycling credentials has a unique waste system involving seven coloured bags.

Teen conservationist: 'Why I adopted a cheetah'

Kenyan teenager Some, who adopted big cat Diji when she was 17, wants to be a conservationist.

The first ever picture of a black hole

Astronomers have taken the first ever picture of a black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy.

The climate change protests making headlines

Extinction Rebellion's fight against climate change is making headlines.

Air pollution: what are the effects on humans?

Fine particles in the air have been linked to cancer, strokes, asthma, heart disease and possibly dementia.

Plastic patrol: 'I've pulled engines out of the water'

Paddle boarder Lizzie Carr takes her plastic patrol to the waterways.

Thousands of homes destroyed as Iran braces for more floods

Deadly flash floods in Iran kill dozens, and cause destruction across the country.

A 'magic bullet' to capture carbon dioxide?

A British Columbia-based company has shown that it can extract CO2 from the air in a cost-effective way.

Five things people can do for a 'healthier environment'

Christiana Figueres, who helped secure the Paris Climate Change Agreement, gives her suggestions.

'Living fossil' given new home at ZSL London Zoo

The extremely rare Chinese giant salamander was rescued after an attempt to smuggle it into the UK.

Does anti-pollution make-up work?

Some make-up companies are reporting record sales of products which claim to protect skin from toxic air.

Tourists flee huge wave caused by glacier collapse

Visitors to a glacier in Iceland scrambled to safety as a section broke, off creating a large wave.

How to tackle pollution and waste in Port Harcourt

Environmental activist Wonne Afronelly says she wants to clean up the city sitting at the mouth of the Niger River, which carries a lot of the world's plastic pollution.

Artificial intelligence used in kitchen bin

Can technology help to cut the vast amounts of food that never gets eaten?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Mike Lee talk 'Green New Deal'

Star Wars and climate change - two lawmakers deliver very different views on the "Green New Deal".

Longleat: Koala conservation scheme 'working despite death'

Longleat Safari Park says its project is still helping koalas despite criticism after one animal died.

Synchronised swimmers battle plastic waste in pool

Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe performed their World Championship routine in a pool full of plastic waste.

Climate change petition: Oxford students campaign for better teaching on subject

Four school pupils are petitioning for the subject to be taken more seriously in schools.

How a kingfisher helped reshape Japan's bullet train

The bullet train used to make a loud boom going through tunnels - but inspiration from the natural world helped fix it.

The ex-poachers saving big cats in Russia

In Sailugemsky National Park, snow leopards have found an unlikely ally - ex-poachers

Is China's fishing fleet taking all of West Africa's fish?

The BBC investigates illegal and unsustainable fishing off the west coast of Africa to find out how one of the most fertile ecosystems on earth has been pushed to the brink.

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