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VIDEO: One of last six rare rhinos dies

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:09
One of the world's last remaining northern white rhinos has died at a zoo in California, the 44-year old male named Angalifu died of old age, leaving only five in the world.

Life from 'deepest drill' revealed

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:10
Tiny microbes uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition are analysed by scientists to see how they can survive under the seabed.

Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:59
Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.

Denmark lays claim to North Pole

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:50
Denmark makes a claim to the UN, arguing the area around the North Pole is linked to the continental shelf of Greenland, its autonomous territory.

Rare northern white rhino dies in US

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:28
A male northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu has died at the San Diego Zoo in California, leaving only five of the species in the entire world.

Booming bitterns show big bird boost

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:20
Somerset is home to England's largest bittern population, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says.

Arctic sea ice volume holds up

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:05
Two cool summers in a row have now allowed the pack ice in the Arctic to increase and then hold on to a good deal of its volume.

Alcatraz escapees 'may have survived'

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:02
Three prisoners who escaped from the US island prison Alcatraz in 1962 may have made it to land alive, a new study suggests.

Climate deal heralds historic shift

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 14:26
How a historic divide was finally bridged in Lima

Deal reached at UN climate talks

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:32
UN member states reach agreement on how countries should tackle climate change, after differences cause talks to overrun by two days.

VIDEO: Thousands of nesting penguins gather

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 11:08
Tens of thousands of penguin couples gather in Antarctica for their nesting season.

Climate talks 'facing breakdown'

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 17:41
The head of the US delegation at UN climate talks warns of a "major breakdown" in the process if negotiators fail to come to an agreement in Lima.

Climate summit goes into overtime

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 21:12
Talks continue through the night at the key UN climate summit in Peru, with major divisions between rich and poor nations hampering progress.

Even in colour, Comet 67P is grey

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:50
The first colour image from the Rosetta spacecraft shows that Comet 67P is even more dark and monochrome than expected.

Top 10 physics breakthroughs listed

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:53
Landing on a comet, laser fusion and a working tractor beam are among the physics breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by a leading magazine.

Anti-pollution laws at risk in EU

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:25
The EU may scrap plans for legislation on air pollution and waste in a drive to boost the economy.

VIDEO: Weather bomb: Why the new exotic name?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:02
Had you heard the phrase "weather bomb" until this week? Newsnight's Stephen Smith has been looking into weather's new exotic language

VIDEO: Palm-sized drone follows you round

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:02
Meet your personal drone - it weighs four grams

Selfie-help for conservation areas

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:32
Images uploaded to social media websites hold valuable data that could be used to help protect or manage natural spaces, a study suggests.

Ebola vaccine trial 'interrupted'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:36
The clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine in Switzerland has been interrupted after some patients complained of joint pains in their hands and feet.