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Chinese spacecraft sets off on Moon sample quest

The robotic Chang'e-5 mission aims to return the first lunar rocks to Earth in more than 40 years.

Biden cabinet: Inner circle get key posts as John Kerry named climate envoy

The former secretary of state is among the names announced for key roles in the new US administration.

Call for coronavirus screening at mink farms

Surveillance of farmed mink for coronavirus should be mandatory, says a top scientist.

Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2

Despite the global lockdowns, overall greenhouse gas concentrations have continued to rise.

China seeks to retrieve first Moon rocks since 1970s

The Chang'e-5 probe is hoping to assist in better understanding the Moon's origin and formation.

Sentinel-6: 'Dog kennel' satellite blasts off on ocean mission

It may look like a dog house in space, but Sentinel-6 will make the most precise map of ocean height.

Fur industry faces uncertain future due to Covid

Denmark's mass mink cull after a coronavirus outbreak at farms leaves the industry in the spotlight.

Climate pledge on gas boilers for 2023 'vanishes'

A government promise to ban gas boilers from new homes by 2023 has been withdrawn from its website.

Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

The vaccine is cheaper than other options and easier to distribute around the world.

New rules for Arctic shipping 'a missed opportunity'

Environmental groups say new regulations on ships carrying polluting oils in the Arctic don't go far enough.

OneWeb satellite internet company is officially reborn

Now owned jointly by UK taxpayers and an Indian conglomerate, OneWeb formally emerges from bankruptcy.

Donegal: Ministers shocked at peat slide devastation

Ministers visited the scene of a huge peat slide on the Tyrone Donegal border.

Global map of bees created in conservation first

The data will help protect vital pollinators and could lead to new bee discoveries, say scientists.

How electric cars are charged and how far they go: your questions answered

We answer your top questions on electric cars - on charging, on range and on battery life.

Iconic Puerto Rico telescope to be dismantled amid collapse fears

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico is to be dismantled, officials announce.

The Caribbean islands poisoned by a carcinogenic pesticide

On Martinique and Guadeloupe a pesticide has poisoned the soil and water and caused many cases of prostate cancer.

Blue whales have 'rediscovered' South Georgia

The great whales are returning to the island that hosted the industry that nearly destroyed them.

Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet?

UK officials are reportedly considering asking us to stop sending "thanks" emails - but why?

Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM's green plan

The PM confirms he is bringing the ban forward as he sets out his "green industrial revolution".

Climate change: Warmer winters linked to increased drowning risk

Rising temperatures are destabilising lake and river ice, boosting the risk of people drowning.

COP26: Frustrated by delay, young activists stage virtual Mock COP

Young climate activists call for urgent action at Mock COP as Covid delays UN climate talks.

Stirling pupils' penguin project pays off after new colony discovered

The Stirling High School students used satellite imagery and computer software to search for the birds.

PM's climate vision: 10 steps forward, 10 steps back?

The long-awaited emissions plan leave some policies untouched, says the BBC's Environment Analyst.

South Georgia whaling: Antarctic art marks a dark past

Michael Visocchi's work memorialises the many animals killed by the whale hunters of South Georgia.

Plastics an 'unfolding disaster' for US marine life

For the first time, advocates have tracked how animals in US waters are harmed by plastic pollution.

Small steps taken to make shipping greener

Delegates agree on guidelines to align the industry with the Paris climate change treaty.

Climate change: Hurricanes get stronger on land as world warms

North Atlantic tropical storms are stronger for longer when they hit land because of global warming.

Would UK be ready for a new petrol car ban in 2030?

The BBC understands the government is set to announce it will bring 2040's ban forward by a decade.

What does Boris Johnson's Green plan mean for Scotland?

The PM's plan will need to look heavily to Scotland for both the natural and the technical fixes.

Green targets: Do governments meet them?

As the UK government unveils new environmental targets, what about the previous ones?

Fact-checking the US and China on climate and environment

We fact-check US and Chinese claims about CO2 emissions, plastic waste and illegal timber.

Joe Biden: How the president-elect plans to tackle climate change

What will a Joe Biden presidency mean for the global battle against rising temperatures?

What is climate change? A really simple guide

BBC News looks at what we know and don't know about the Earth's changing climate.

Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK

The firm says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England

Climate change: Protecting the rainforest through your shopping basket

Green groups welcome the UK's plan to outlaw the import of food and other goods from protected areas.

The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

Exclusive: A forensic investigation finds evidence of deliberate burning in Papua's palm oil plantations.

Back from the dead: Race to save Romania's 65 million-year-old fish

The nocturnal, prehistoric Asprete has teetered on the brink of extinction for decades.

Climate change: US formally withdraws from Paris agreement

After a three year wait, the US becomes the first nation to leave the Paris climate pact.

Climate change: You've got cheap data, how about cheap power too?

The iPhone transformed mobile phones in just 10 years. Could green energy see a similar revolution?

Extend scheme for cosy homes, green groups say

A coalition of environmentalists want a scheme offering home insulation grants extended to 2030.

Saving India's tigers from extinction

How the Indian government launched ‘Project Tiger’ to save the animals from extinction

Cheaper to prevent pandemics than 'cure' them

Preventing pandemics could be more than 100 times cheaper than tackling their deadly effects.

New Sentinel satellites to check the pulse of Earth

More satellites are ordered for the EU project that monitors the state of the planet.

Nasa's new 'megarocket' set for critical tests

The agency's Moon rocket is entering the final stages of testing ahead of its maiden flight in 2021.

Nasa's giant SLS rocket: a guide

Nasa's huge next-generation rocket is undergoing tests ahead of its maiden flight in 2021.

Nasa SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with space station

The four astronauts who left Earth on Monday have arrived at the 410-km orbiting outpost.

Rock mining with microbes may aid space explorers

UK scientists show how astronauts on the Moon or Mars could one day mine for metals using bacteria.

Europe moves ahead with Ariel exoplanet mission

The green light is given to the near-billion-euro space observatory that will study far-off worlds.

Student ‘blown away’ after capturing Mars from garden

Joel Miller filmed the red planet using a telescope and a DSLR camera in his back garden.

Osiris-Rex: Nasa asteroid probe ready to return to Earth after leak

The Osiris-Rex probe is now safely carrying rock from an asteroid several million kilometres from Earth.

Why SpaceX is launching astronauts for Nasa

Why is SpaceX carrying astronauts to the space station and back for Nasa?

Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base

The "unambiguous detection of water" will boost Nasa's hopes of establishing a lunar base.

Durham University Prof Carlos Frenk's prize a 'huge honour'

Prof Carlos Frenk is one of the originators of a theory on dark matter and galaxies.

Europe steps up contributions to Artemis Moon plan

Thales Alenia Space will build Europe's two major contributions to the Lunar Gateway space station.

Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time

The trip took just three hours and three minutes – half the usual journey time.

New Shepard: Jeff Bezos' rocket tests Nasa Moon landing tech

The New Shepard rocket carried technology designed to return humans to the Moon in four years.

The Indonesian meteorite which didn't sell for $1.8m

You saw the headlines of a $1.8m meteorite? Here's the real story and it's just as fascinating.

UK climate plan: What do the terms mean?

Ahead of a UK plan to reach "net zero", we guide you through some of the key terms in climate change.

Australia drought: Capturing spectacular storms in the outback

An Australian photographer says it feels "amazing" to capture spectacular images of long-absent storms.

Launching the search for the Gretas of the future

Can young people help solve the biggest problems facing the planet, given support and opportunity?

Covid vaccine update: When will one be ready?

Hopes are rising that an effective vaccine against Covid-19 will be available soon.

Newly discovered primate 'already facing extinction'

Historical museum specimens have helped to solve a long standing scientific monkey puzzle.

What's the science behind mink and coronavirus?

Denmark's mink-related coronavirus scare has caused alarm, but scientists urge caution.

How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

Retailers are increasingly using AI to try to predict and encourage what customers purchase.

Alan Turing: Stolen items to be returned to UK from US after decades

A collection of items belonging to the Bletchley Park code-breaker were stolen from Dorset in 1984.

A68 iceberg on collision path with South Georgia

If the world's biggest iceberg grounds at South Georgia island, it could devastate local wildlife.

Dogs are humans' oldest companions, DNA shows

A study of dog DNA patterns shows that our "best friend" among animals is also our oldest one.

Oxford: The soggy view from UK's oldest rain record

Like the country as a whole, Oxford's Radcliffe weather station recorded an extremely wet October.

The Somali man who has a scorpion named after him

Somali environmentalist Ahmed Ibrahim Awale hopes it will inspire African researchers.

Great Barrier Reef: Scientists find reef taller than Empire State Building

Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.

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Students create device to capture car tyre microplastic debris

We hear a lot about single-use plastics like bottles and packaging but tyre wear is a big problem.

ICYMI: Piano playing in surgery and Covid safety robots

A look at some of the stories you may have missed this week.

First privately owned spacecraft successfully delivers astronauts to ISS

Commander Mike Hopkins said his team had an amazing ride on the privately owned spacecraft.

Woman's Hour Power List: The women protecting our planet

This year's Woman's Hour Power List celebrates women who are helping to tackle the climate crisis.

Hurricane Iota: Giant wave smashes into San Andrés shore

Onlookers were dwarfed by the massive waves as the category five storm sweeps over the Caribbean.

Amazon rainforest: 'Paying the price for disrespecting nature'

Coronavirus is ripping through indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest.

Hampshire doctor claims Mars ownership using lasers

Phil Davies leads a global campaign to claim ownership of the planet by improving its atmosphere.

Egypt: More than 100 intact sarcophagi unearthed near Cairo

Archaeologists opened one coffin to reveal a mummy, dating back over 2,500 years.

Bigfin squid spotted in Australia for first time

The first sighting of a Bigfin squid has been recorded in the Great Australian Bight by researchers.

US election: Why are Trump protesters saying 'stop the count' and 'count the votes'?

Trump supporters have been chanting conflicting messages in Michigan and Arizona. We look at why.

Why hundreds of parakeets visit this same terrace every day

Lakshmi Narayan Reddy's home in India attracts hundreds of the ring-necked species of parrot every day.

Bushfire koalas going back to the wild

Thousands of creatures were killed and injured in last summer's blazes on South Australia's Kangaroo Island.

Hurricane Epsilon: Surfers tackle 20ft waves in Cornwall

Strong winds and low pressure created 'extremely dangerous' conditions off the coast of Cornwall.

Nasa moon announcement: What is on the Moon?

Nasa has announced it's found an abundance of water on the Moon. But what else is up there?

RRS Sir David Attenborough departs for sea trials

The new £200m ship begins important testing and sea trials ahead of its maiden cruise in 2021.

Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft successfully tags Asteroid Bennu

Nasa scientists were elated as the spacecraft successfully touched down for just a few seconds to grab rocks and dirt.

'Baby sharks' rescued in Essex after getting trapped in shallow water

"It's a fish really getting itself into somewhere that it's not designed to be," says rescue team.

Eating jellyfish: Why scientists are talking up a 'perfect food'

Amid fresh concern about overfishing, scientists say eating more jellyfish may give us benefits.

RSPB Snettisham: Knot create murmuration over The Wash

Seeing record-breaking numbers of knot take flight "should be on everybody's bucket list".

Climate change: Arctic Circle teens call for help to save their homes

Teenagers living in remote Arctic communities share their concerns about the effects of climate change.

Climate change action sidelined by Covid-19, say young activists

More than half of 18 to 24-years-old in the UK are worried that climate change has been neglected because of coronavirus.

Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time

The trip took just three hours and three minutes – half the usual journey time.

Glass ceilings and black holes: How history was made in the 2020 science Nobels

What this year's science Nobel Prizes showed us about the darkest mysteries of the Universe.

The young girl who swims with her pet python

Eight-year-old Inbar and her 3m pet python enjoy a swim in the pool.

Prince William launches Earthshot Prize

Over the next decade, the £50m prize fund aims to support ideas that will help repair the earth.

Giant hogweed: One man's battle against 'toxic invader'

Oskars has spent eight years trying to stop an invasive toxic weed surrounding his home in Latvia.

Are wildfires the end of the Californian dream?

As unprecedented wildfires rage across the Golden State, Californians have been bearing the brunt.

HMS Queen Elizabeth: On board the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier

For the first time, both British and American jets launch off HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Storm Alex: Buildings, roads and bridges destroyed in southern France

Powerful Storm Alex has brought destructive winds, rain, flooding and landslides to southern France.

'Do you like spiders?' - Royal children quiz Sir David Attenborough

From monkeys to spiders - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ask about the natural world.

Covid-19: Funding crisis threatens zoo conservation

As Covid-19 threatens conservation work, Whipsnade Zoo is hoping for rhino breeding success.

Great Barrier Reef: Uncovering the secrets of Australia's deep waters

Scientists explain how the biggest deep-sea study of two marine parks led to exciting discoveries.

Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey

The Hydroflex made a 25-mile round-trip in Warwickshire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.

Two beluga whales have their first swim in their new open water sanctuary

Little White and Little Grey were in captivity in a park in China but now live in waters in Iceland.

‘We’ve overrun the planet’ - Attenborough

BBC Breakfast spoke to Sir David Attenborough ahead of his new documentary A Life on Our Planet.

Biodiversity: Boris Johnson signs United Nations pledge to tackle problem

PM Boris Johnson signs a UN pledge, saying UK government "absolutely committed" to global problem.

Mine-detecting rat receives prestigious gold medal

Mine-detecting rat, Magawa, has sniffed out dozens of landmines and unexploded munitions in Cambodia.

What maths is involved in stirring a cup of tea?

A professor has won £2.3m for applying complex maths to simple situations - like stirring tea.

Siberia landscape scarred by climate change

Scientists are warning about the consequences of vast swathes of ground thawing in Siberia.

Climate Change: Is the movement diverse enough?

Too white? Too middle class? Activist Fatima explores the climate change movement's diversity.

Ship with no crew to sail across the Atlantic

A full-size, crewless research ship is to make one of the world's first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

Saving Cumbria's plastic-lined river

The River Keekle was lined 20 years ago to protect it from pollution but the plastic became the problem.

Attenborough and the special moment fuelling his hope

Sir David Attenborough and the mountain gorillas that have won the fight against extinction.

Jane Fonda: 'Climate activism saved me from depression'

Hollywood star Jane Fonda has written a book about how people can get involved in climate change activism.

Coronavirus: What is the R number and why does it matter?

Experts keep discussing the value of R, but what is it and why does it matter?

Australian flying foxes 'among Earth's most mobile mammals'

Australian species roam over massive distances and help the land recover from fire, research finds.

'Super bacteria' survive for three years outside space station

Scientists are stunned that bacteria attached to the outside of the International Space Station survived for three years.

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