The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Researchers question the non-hazardous ranking of plastic, saying its environmental impacts are not subject to the same level of scrutiny as other pollutants.
Scientists piece together the history of a group of extinct Caribbean rats, some of which grew to the size of cats.
Climate scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.
'They're tastier than fish'
Solar Impulse has landed safely in Nanjing in the east of China, much to the delight of its mission control team.
The round-the-world, fuel-free aeroplane, Solar Impulse, arrives in Nanjing to prepare for an epic Pacific crossing.
The lives of six boys with a deadly genetic disease have been transformed by a pioneering treatment to correct errors in their DNA, say doctors.
An international team of researchers proposes adding an extra mass extinction to the current list of five.
The mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are back in view.
Bottles of champagne salvaged from a 170-year-old shipwreck have been analysed in the lab
The Borneo Rhino Alliance are trying to find a suitable mate for a Sumatran rhino.
Europe's Rosetta probe catches its comet quarry in the act of producing a huge jet of gas and dust.
A new species of glass frog has been found in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica.
A diver from the Isle of Arran in Scotland wins one of the world's most prestigious environmental awards.
Is it safe for Sherpas to go back to Everest?
A land remembered for famine is slowly turned green
Sweden sends Cuba the offspring of endangered crocodiles given by Fidel Castro to a Russian cosmonaut in the 1970s.
Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.
A sperm whale surprises scientists carrying our research in the Gulf of Mexico as it circulates their equipment.
A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.