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Fracking: UK shale reserves may be smaller than previously estimated

Previous research suggested 50 years of shale gas under the UK, but a new study says it could be less than 10.

Nasa confirms ocean moon mission

Scientists working on a mission to the ocean moon of Europa can proceed with the final design and construction of the spacecraft, Nasa has said.

Chandrayaan-2: India spacecraft begins orbiting Moon

The $145m Chandrayaan-2 aims to become the first space mission to land on the Moon's south pole.

Hawaii protests continue against a volcano telescope

Celebrities have joined protestors in Hawaii as a campaign to stop the building of a telescope on a volcano enters its sixth week.

Five ways UK farmers are tackling climate change

Farms are on the front line of climate change - vulnerable to extreme weather events - so farmers are coming up with new and surprising ways of tackling the problem.

Elton John defends Harry and Meghan's use of private jets

The singer said he lent his private plane to the royal pair - but he paid to carbon offset the trip.

Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

A Nasa facility in Alabama will play a key role in sending astronauts to the Moon's surface in 2024.

Climate change: Iceland holds funeral for melted glacier

It's thought Okjokull is the country's first glacier to be lost as a result of climate change, following the hottest July ever recorded.

Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear

The arrival of human ancestors in Europe spelled the downfall of the cave bear some 40,000 years ago.

Elephant protection debate to dominate conservation meeting

Some countries are seeking extra protection while others want to re-open ivory markets at key trade meeting in Geneva.

Early fish tapeworms found at 'Britain's Pompeii' Must Farm

Prehistoric inhabitants were infected with intestinal worms from eating raw fish, experts say.

Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic

Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found.

Welsh bees threatened by deadly disease American Foulbrood

One keeper says he spotted the signs and had to burn an entire hive to protect others.

Spaceplane gets a ride for space station trips

Dream Chaser will launch into orbit on the future Vulcan rocket for re-supply flights to the space station.

Greta Thunberg: Caroline Lucas reports Arron Banks to Twitter

Brexit campaigner Arron Banks says his tweet about "freak yachting accidents" was a joke.

Do we need to worry about banana blight?

A fungal banana disease that experts describe as a serious threat to production has reached Colombia.

Exomars: Parachute test failure threat to launch date

A European-Russian effort to land on Mars has been hit by another parachute failure, during a drop test in Sweden.

'Human-sized penguin' lived in New Zealand

The animal, dubbed "monster penguin" by Canterbury Museum, stood around 1.6m (5ft 3in) tall.

Mount Everest: Climbers set to face new rules after deadly season

Only experienced mountaineers should be climbing the world's highest peak, a Nepali panel recommends.

Toxic blue-green algae warning for dog owners and swimmers

People urged to check for the bloom which can cause swimmers rashes and fever and prove fatal to dogs.

Environmentalists warn Trump 'weakening' endangered species protections

A new rule will allow officials for the first time to weigh the economic cost of species protection.

Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sets sail from Plymouth

The teenage climate change activist is waved off by supporters as she sets sail from the UK.

Black squirrels the result of 'interbreeding' grey squirrels, study finds

Black squirrels evolved when greys and fox squirrels historically bred, Cambridge researchers find.

Grouse shooting: Labour calls for review amid habitat concerns

Labour raises environmental concerns ahead of the four-month grouse shooting season from Monday.

Smart sensors listen to healing wounds

Researchers are developing a new technique that can hear what is going on below a patient's bandages.

King's Cross developer defends use of facial recognition

The tech is one of "a number of detection and tracking methods" used at the London site, the firm said.

COP26: Glasgow could host 2020 UN climate change summit

The city will host the UN summit next year if the UK wins the right to hold the conference for up to 200 world leaders.

'We moved to the forest to fight climate change'

Janne Utriainen is tackling climate change in his own way - leaving the city to live off the land.

When an ethical vegan met a sheep farmer...

Many vegans boycott woollen clothing on the basis that it is cruel to sheep.

Eduard Pernkopf: The Nazi book of anatomy still used by surgeons

Eduard Pernkopf created an "atlas" of anatomy by dissecting the bodies of Nazi political prisoners.

Dr Becky: The Oxford University YouTube astrophysicist

'Dr Becky' receives thousands of views on her YouTube channel which answers questions about the universe.

Greta Thunberg's zero carbon journey

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg will travel to New York on a boat with very few home comforts.

Is this the world's most sustainable building?

An enormous logistics warehouse in the Netherlands is helping to power 750 households a year.

Deforestation: What’s wrong with planting new forests?

Planting trees can sometimes actually do more harm than good to the environment. Here's why.

Bloodhound Diary: All roads lead to South Africa

The British-based land speed record team is heading to Northern Cape to conduct high-speed trials.

North Atlantic right whales in crisis - and the people risking lives to save them

Once hunted to near extinction, North Atlantic right whales are now facing new human threats.

'Siberia is burning': Artists raise awareness of Russia wildfires

Russian artists want more urgent action to take place.

TikTok videos spread climate change awareness

The play-on-words hashtag #Globalwarning has been viewed more than 24 million times by users of the app.

Genetic testing: What secrets could it reveal about you?

Genome sequencing projects around the world are revealing promising new health insights.

G7 summit: Inside the climate activist training camp

Campaign groups in France are teaching people how to protest effectively, ahead of the G7 summit.

Does the future of farming exist beneath city streets?

In a disused air raid shelter one company is growing crops, but what are the pros and cons of vertical farming?

Former Farc rebels become eco-warriors to stop deforestation in the Amazon

Ex-Farc rebels in Colombia, who spent decades fighting the government over land and power, have reinvented themselves as eco-warriors protecting the Amazon from illegal logging.

The floating farm for cows

The cows on this floating farm in the Netherlands are helping find ways of making food sustainably

The plight of a US dairy farm

It's a family business which has been around since 1942 - but now the last remaining cows are being sold off.

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G7 summit: Inside the climate activist training camp

Campaign groups in France are teaching people how to protest effectively, ahead of the G7 summit.

Does the future of farming exist beneath city streets?

In a disused air raid shelter one company is growing crops, but what are the pros and cons of vertical farming?

Former Farc rebels become eco-warriors to stop deforestation in the Amazon

Ex-Farc rebels in Colombia, who spent decades fighting the government over land and power, have reinvented themselves as eco-warriors protecting the Amazon from illegal logging.

The floating farm for cows

The cows on this floating farm in the Netherlands are helping find ways of making food sustainably

The plight of a US dairy farm

It's a family business which has been around since 1942 - but now the last remaining cows are being sold off.

Why is there microplastic in Arctic snow?

Scientists have found that particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow in the Arctic.

Dr Becky: The Oxford University YouTube astrophysicist

'Dr Becky' receives thousands of views on her YouTube channel which answers questions about the universe.

Astronaut Luca Parmitano plays DJ set from International Space Station

Luca Parmitano played from the International Space Station to a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea.

Greta on boat journey: I might feel a bit sea sick

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg will travel to New York on a boat with very few home comforts.

Deforestation: What’s wrong with planting new forests?

Planting trees can sometimes actually do more harm than good to the environment. Here's why.

Is the bystander effect a myth?

A study of CCTV footage from around the world suggests there are more Good Samaritans out there than we think.

Instagram eco-advocate Emma Kennan makes Mondays mellow yellow

Emma Kennan hopes her #MellowYellowMonday hashtag will encourage people to flush less and save water.

Giant Lowestoft street art paintings to celebrate wildlife

Street artist ATM painted a kingfisher on the wall of a hairdressers in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Dolphin spotted juggling with jellyfish in Denmark

It was spotted in the harbour at Sønderborg, in the south of Denmark.

'We moved to the forest to fight climate change'

Janne Utriainen is tackling climate change in his own way - leaving the city to live off the land.

Typhoon Lekima: Dramatic rescues after floods in China

Rescue workers battle the effects of Typhoon Lekima after it hits China and causes widespread disruption.

Strange cloud trail leaves observers in awe

A strange cloud trail in the early morning sky above Florida left observers on the ground in awe.

Do these icebergs produce the world's purest water?

Selling water from melted icebergs is big business on Canada's eastern coast, but there are concerns over Arctic warming.

Thailand: Hidden temple emerges from drought-hit landscape

An underwater temple in Thailand has emerged as water levels drop in a reservoir.

Basking sharks caught on ‘SharkCam’ in Inner Hebrides

It is hoped the footage from the Inner Hebrides will reinforce a case for conservation in the area.

The Nairobi sanctuary caring for orphaned elephants

This Nairobi orphanage cares for elephants whose parents have often been killed by poachers.

Taking Nasa's space buggies for a spin

BBC Click's Spencer Kelly takes a ride in some of Nasa's latest vehicles.

Northern white rhino hope after artificial insemination birth

A southern white rhino has given birth after artificial insemination, raising hopes for the northern white rhino population.

Nasa’s Valkyrie robot could help build Mars base

The semi-autonomous robot is able to use human tools and guide itself across difficult terrain.

Why is it so hot and is climate change to blame?

Weather experts say a shift in the position of the jet stream is behind Europe's high temperatures.

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