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Wild maple trees 'in serious need of conservation'

One in five species of maple are threatened in their natural habitats, an extinction study says.

Countryside improvements fund 'could be raided'

A "green" fund to protect wildlife on England’s farms may be under threat, BBC News has learned.

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent

Only in 2012 have satellites seen the summer floes in the polar north more withdrawn than in 2020.

Climate Week: World split on urgency of tackling rising temperatures, poll suggests

Concern about climate change is growing, but there are big differences about the need for rapid action.

Airbus looks to the future with hydrogen planes

The aerospace giant said its hydrogen-fuelled passenger planes could be in service by 2035.

Satellite achieves sharp-eyed view of methane

A Canadian company debuts a powerful new capability to monitor the potent greenhouse gas.

Botswana: Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

Toxins made by algae in water holes caused 330 elephant deaths in Botswana earlier this year.

How the oil industry made us doubt climate change

Energy companies stand accused of trying to downplay their contribution to global warming.

Egypt tomb: Sarcophagi buried for 2,500 years unearthed in Saqqara

The 27 wooden coffins are said to have lain undisturbed inside a well at an ancient necropolis.

Climate Week: Prince Charles calls for 'swift' action on climate change

Covid-19 provides an opportunity to "reset" the economy for a more sustainable future, he says.

Climate change: Earthquake 'hack' reveals scale of ocean warming

Using sound waves from underwater earthquakes, researchers can more accurately measure sea temperatures.

Alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize

The 2020 Ig Nobel prizes honour crocodilian vocalisations, narcissistic eyebrows and vibrating worms.

Siberia landscape scarred by climate change

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

'Total failure' on English river water quality

Pollutants still blight all of England's rivers, lakes and streams, the Environment Agency says.

Spider-like toxins found in Australia's stinging trees

A team of scientists say this explains why those stung feel intense pain lasting for days or even weeks.

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.

The long-running debate over greening the land

UK farmers are complaining of a lack of clarity over how they will be rewarded for tending the land.

Why forest fires in Siberia, Russia threaten us all

Scientists say wildfires in Siberia, Russia, have been releasing record amounts of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming.

Plastic pollution: Washed clothing's synthetic mountain of 'fluff'

Scientists calculate how many tiny fibres our polyester and nylon garments lose in the wash.

Is there life floating in the clouds of Venus?

Telescope observations spy a gas high in the atmosphere of Venus that on Earth is made by microbes.

Extinction: Urgent change needed to save species, says UN

Humanity is at a crossroads and action is needed to slow nature's accelerating decline, says the UN.

Climate change: Warmth shatters section of Greenland ice shelf

A big chunk of ice breaks away from the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf - 79N, or Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden.

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.

Wildlife in 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction, scientists warn

Conservation group WWF says global wildlife populations have shrunk by two-thirds since 1970.

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BBC News - Science and Environment

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.

Booster rocket for Nasa Moon missions given critical test

Engineers have performed a critical test on a rocket that will help the US reach the Moon in 2024.

Rowley Shoals: The bleached Australian reef and a Covid challenge

When coral bleaching was suspected in a pristine reef, scientists turned to some unlikely surveyors.

WindowSwap: ‘I think we all are explorers in our own ways’

People from around the world are sharing videos of what’s outside their windows.

China floods: World's biggest dam nears capacity

Record floods hit China's Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River with millions of people affected.

Ocean-sieving expedition reveals huge amounts of microplastic in the Atlantic

The expedition found that as much as 21 million tonnes of plastic fragments are suspended in the ocean.

Campaigners win fight to stop Maldives islands becoming luxury resort

Local residents in the Maldives have won a campaign against developers and the government who wanted to turn two islands into a luxury resort.

MV Wakashio: Emergency declared as Mauritius tackles oil leak

Volunteers are scrambling to create cordons to keep oil leaking from a vessel away from the island.

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