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VIDEO: Monbiot butchers and eats a squirrel

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:56
The writer and environmentalist George Monbiot cooks dead squirrel in the Newsnight studio as he discusses the outraged reaction he got on social media after revealing he had cooked and eaten a "road kill" squirrel.

Government plans steep cuts in solar

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:42
The government says it plans to significantly reduce subsidies paid to small scale green power installations.

Knut polar bear death riddle solved

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:02
Scientists say Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011, had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain that is also recognised in humans.

VIDEO: Check-ups for homeward-bound orangutans

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:16
Thailand has been carrying out health checks on 14 orangutans, in preparation for their repatriation to Indonesia.

The washing away of Cajun culture

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 00:16
Why Cajun culture is being washed away

Invasive bug 'could spread in UK'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:02
An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK.

Hawking: Black holes store information

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 05:06
Black holes preserve information about the things that fall into them, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.

Thousands of microbes in house dust

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:02
The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different types of fungi and bacteria, a study suggests.

Aphantasia: A life without mental images

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:00
A life without mental images

VIDEO: 'Dangerous' whale rescue takes two days

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 05:48
A team of marine life rescuers spend two days in freezing Icelandic waters to free a whale that had become entangled in fishing gear.

How a tiny backpack could solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:25
This could be how to solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

Carbon credits 'like printing money'

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 17:21
The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine do not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study.

Low-cost robot hand wins Dyson prize

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 16:33
A budget-priced 3D-printed robotic hand for amputees is the UK winner of 2015's James Dyson Award for engineering design.

Universal flu vaccine comes closer

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:05
Researchers say they are closer to developing a universal ‘catch all’ flu jab after promising trials in animals.

Greenland glacier sheds big ice chunk

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:57
Scientists are studying a big mass of ice that has broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland.

VIDEO: Exploring England's coastal wildlife

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 22:01
Wildlife in the British countryside has been exhaustively catalogued, but the same is not true for wildlife off the coast.

Met Office loses BBC weather contract

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 05:08
The Met Office has lost its weather forecasting contract with the BBC after providing the service for nearly a century, it confirms.

VIDEO: The highs and lows of BBC weather forecasts

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 03:51
As the Met Office loses the contract to provide data for the BBC it has held since 1922, we look back at the art of delivering the weather forecast.

Washington zoo welcomes twin pandas

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 21:47
A giant panda at Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC gives birth to twin cubs.

Middle East wars 'improve the air'

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:07
Armed conflict and civil disturbance in the Middle East since 2010 have had the unintended consequence of making the air cleaner.