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Oldest DNA reveals two-million-year-old lost world

Genetic material extracted from soil has revealed the ancient plants and animals of North Greenland.

COP15: UN calls for biodiversity 'peace pact with nature'

Countries are meeting in Montreal for a once-a-decade opportunity to put nature on the path to recovery.

Onshore wind rules to be relaxed after Tory revolt

The government says it will rewrite a planning rule restricting new turbines in England.

Nasa's Orion spacecraft is homeward-bound

The ship fires its main engine near the Moon, committing itself to a return to Earth on Sunday.

Deforestation: EU law bans goods linked to destruction of trees

Household goods such as coffee and chocolate will have to pass strict checks before they are sold in the EU.

Tasmanian tiger: Remains of last thylacine found in cupboard after 85 years

The pelt and skull of the last known thylacine are identified in Hobart, solving an 85-year mystery.

Russia: Bodies of 2,500 seals found along Caspian Sea coast

The seals were found on the Caspian Sea coast, but officials do not believe they died violently.

Earthshot Prize: Prince William announces five winners

Friends from Oman who turn CO2 into rock and a UK firm making packaging from seaweed are among the winners.

Bird flu: What is it and what's behind the outbreak?

Why is bird flu so bad this year and why are scientists so concerned?

Out on a spacewalk with Nasa astronauts at the ISS

The astronauts installed new solar panels to give the International Space Station more power.

Notpla: UK plastic-alternative developer among £1m Earthshot Prize winners

A London firm which develops nature-friendly packaging is among five climate prize winners.

Bristol: Fossil shows lizards millions of years older than thought

A scientist says the fossil is "one of the most important found in the last few decades".

Nature-based farming-subsidies scheme given green light

A post-Brexit green subsidy scheme is going ahead - but there is no clarity on what farmers will be paid.

COP27: Climate costs deal struck but no fossil fuel progress

Rich nations will pay climate damages, but the final deal does not cut fossil fuels further.

Climate change: Five key takeaways from COP27

The biggest win on climate since the Paris Agreement in 2015... or the biggest loss?

COP27: Without Greta, activists make waves at climate summit

Young campaigners say they are calling out "greenwashing" at COP27 from the inside.

COP27: Lack of women at negotiations raises concern

Women barely feature in negotiations in Egypt despite bearing the brunt of climate change.

Climate change: Dimming Earth, mustard shortages and other odd side-effects

Changes to our planet's shine is just one of the stranger side effects of rising temperatures.

What is COP27 and why is it important?

This year's climate summit comes amid spiralling energy costs and diplomatic tensions.

Disabled man joins European Space Agency's astronaut programme

A British man is one of 17 new recruits to Europe's space agency's astronaut training programme

Nasa's Artemis spacecraft arrives at the Moon

Nasa's Orion capsule sweeps past the Moon before entering into a larger orbit.

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Out on a spacewalk with Nasa astronauts at the ISS

The astronauts installed new solar panels to give the International Space Station more power.

Kiburi the gorilla finds new home at London Zoo

The 18-year-old silverback was moved from Tenerife as part of an international breeding programme.

Antarctica penguins: How too much ice triggered population decline

A large Adélie penguin population off Antarctica has fallen by 43% over the past decade.

Mumbai's Aarey forest: The woman fighting to protect it from metro project

Pramila is protesting against a train depot being built in the forest where her community lives alongside leopards.

Nasa Artemis I rocket blasts off in historic launch

Artemis I is Nasa's most powerful rocket ever and is part of a plan to return humans to the Moon.

Ros Atkins on... Is the 1.5C climate target still possible?

The BBC's analysis editor looks at whether the UN's target to limit global warming can still be reached.

COP27: Antonio Guterres apologises after reading wrong speech

Antonio Guterres apologises after being given a speech intended for an event for young people at COP27.

COP27: Is climate change going to make diseases more likely in future?

Scientists say climate change is making more than half of all infectious diseases worse, here's why.

COP27: Boris Johnson at summit in 'purely supportive role'

The former PM is asked whether he was worried when PM Rishi Sunak initially said he wouldn't be attending the summit.

Climate change: Expert says just saying no to fossil fuel doesn't work

Prof Myles Allen uses a lump of coal to explain how burning fossil fuels results in global warming.

How to power an off-grid life in a remote Scottish peninsula

A hydroelectric scheme provides electricity for the residents of Knoydart.

Baby bison born in Kent countryside

The bison is the first to be born wild in the UK for thousands of years.

Fishing nets being recycled to help save the sea

Nets used to be brought to shore and left in landfill or discarded in the ocean - putting seals at risk.

Blue Origin rocket malfunctions on trip to space

The emergency escape system on the uncrewed craft was triggered mid-air.

WATCH: The Northern Lights as seen from space

The footage released by released by the European Space Agency shows the phenomenon from space.

Chinese motorcyclists join Chongqing wildfire battle

The south-western city of Chongqing was one of the areas hit worst by the flames in August's heatwave.

Bike protest takes over German motorway

The demonstrators are calling for more environmentally friendly transport options.

Electricity and drought killing white storks

The extreme heat this summer has exacerbated the many hazards, leading to a sudden spike in deaths in Hungary.

Climate change forces indigenous islanders in Panama to relocate

Magdalena Martínez tells the BBC how she feels about leaving the island she grew up on.

Covid in China: Hippo, fish and crabs get PCR tests

Officials in the city of Xiamen have ordered PCR tests for seafood after some 40 people got Covid.

Water levels on Italy's Lake Garda at 15-year low

Parts of northern Italy are experiencing their worst drought in 70 years.

Whales surprise two paddleboarders in Argentina

One paddleboarder was knocked into the water by a whale's fin, which clipped his board.

Beth Chatto: Tips for creating a dry weather garden

Inspiration and advice from an expert at the gardens created by visionary plantswoman Beth Chatto.

Renewable energy: The 'kite' that pulls energy out of the sky

A company in Norway has developed an innovative "kite" that turns wind into electricity.

Tonnes of dead fish found in river on German-Polish border

Authorities suspect a toxic substance is to blame, but the cause of the mass death is still unknown.

Firenado rages in California

Hot temperatures and strong winds formed a 'firenado' in California on Wednesday.

Climate change: Alps glaciers melting faster as heatwaves hit

Meltwater flows from the glaciers, which may be set for their highest mass losses in 60 years.

Macro photography: The hidden world of garden insects

Macro photographer Geraint Radford says insects have a bad reputation, but they're "funny".

Iceland volcano was so beautiful, I had a little cry

A volcano erupts near Iceland's capital Reykjavik spewing lava and smoke.

Climate change killing elephants, says Kenya

In the past year the country has recorded 179 elephant deaths due to the ongoing drought.

Grass fires break out in south-east England

Fire crews on Sunday tackled fires in locations including Surrey, London, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

China launches second module for its space station Heavenly Palace

Tiangong or Heavenly Palace is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022.

Climate protesters dragged away after attempting glue stunt with Botticelli masterpiece

The incident follows a spate of action where environmental activists have targeted famous artworks.

Resin art social media trend prompts warnings

Using epoxy resin to make art has exploded as an online trend, but experts are urging caution about its use.

Climate change: How the world has warmed since 1880

Nasa has produced a visualisation of annual temperatures since 1880 showing warming temperatures.

Ros Atkins on… Why this heatwave isn’t like 1976

The BBC’s Analysis Editor Ros Atkins examines why this heatwave is different.

Spain heatwave: Passengers alarmed as train surrounded by flames

Fires could be seen raging on both sides of the track in the Spanish province of Zamora.

Trapped baby elephant and mum rescued in Thailand

The elephant and her calf fell into a deep pit in a national park in Thailand.

Pikku-Finlandia: Helsinki's new building held up by trees

Helsinki's Pikku-Finlandia is a reusable wooden building with load-bearing tree trunks and branches.

Flash of light as meteor spotted over Chile

The asteroid, which lit up the night sky in Santiago, was caught on camera.

Using human hair to fight oil spills

A hairdresser in Wales is collecting her customers' hair and turning it into something useful.

World’s biggest water lily species discovered at Kew Gardens

The new species of giant water lily has been hiding in plain sight for 177 years.

Finding the Higgs: ‘Incredible’ moment in science

Cern physicist Dr Andre David describes the moment scientists found the ‘God particle’

How much of our plastic 'recycling' is actually recycled?

About 11 million tonnes of plastic waste flows into the ocean each year, the UN says.

Why asteroids are the next big prize in the space race

As resources are depleted on Earth, many scientists suggest the asteroid belt could be mined instead.

Austria mudslide: Aerial footage from Carinthia region shows scale of damage

Houses and roads in a mountainous southern region were flooded, and vehicles were stranded in the mud.

Why the world needs to do more to protect its oceans

A treaty to protect the world’s oceans is being discussed this week – what is at stake?

'World’s biggest' freshwater fish found in Mekong, Cambodia

The biggest freshwater fish ever documented, weighing in at 300kg (661lb), is found in the Mekong river in Cambodia.

Food waste: Fruit and vegetables saved from farms

Across the UK, volunteer harvesters are helping to fight food waste by sending produce to food banks.

Australia climate crisis: Women call for action with photo petition

Women from across Australia will present a visual petition to MPs, calling for urgent action.

Nuclear power: What role can it play in the UK's climate future?

The UK government says that nuclear is critical to its climate plans, but can it deliver?

The man turning mud into eco-friendly 'concrete'

Gnanli Landrou has invented a special powder that turns earth into a greener version of concrete

Robot developed that’s smaller than a flea

Researchers at Northwestern University in the United States have created robots less than 1mm big.

Professor Brian Cox: Maybe humans are the Martians

The renowned physicist reflects on whether civilisation, like us, exists in other galaxies.

'I pull dirty nappies from people's recycling'

Staff at a £14m recycling facility help manually sort through 85,000 tonnes of waste each year.

The return of California's butterflies

Efforts to protect these beautiful insects include driving electric tractors and hand-rearing them in a lab.

Climate change: How can I deal with my eco-anxiety?

Rachel Hurst is a student at the University of East Anglia helping others to address their climate anxieties.

Nigeria's Spider-Man fighting for a cleaner society

Jonathan Olakunle is fighting for a cleaner society in Osogbo, Nigeria.

Lateral flow tests: Can you recycle Covid tests?

Scientists say more could have been done to make lateral flow tests widely recyclable.

Researchers in Hong Kong create 'soft robot' made of magnetic slime

The team hope the slime could one day be used to collect accidentally-swallowed objects.

Australia floods: 'We're resilient, but how about helping us?'

Locals tell dramatic stories of survival and recovery, but accuse politicians of ignoring them.

E-waste: Royal Mint wants to turn your old phone into gold

The Royal Mint has found a way to turn old circuit boards from phones, computers and televisions into gold.

Science and tech: The app founder inspiring kids

Pearce Jarrett is the founder of an award-winning app but didn't originally think it was a career for him.

New plant-grafting technique could save the banana

Scientists at Cambridge University develop a new way of protecting plants from disease.

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