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VIDEO: How past droughts can shape future

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 15:53
Agricultural and environmental experts in Namibia are hoping that lessons from past droughts can help farmers to fight back against climate change.

UK 'scores well' on climate, for now

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 12:48
Denmark, the UK and Sweden top a chart of nations combating climate change - but the report was written before a UK policy 'reset' downgraded renewables.

Two charged with poisoning famous lions

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 11:09
Two men are charged after allegedly poisoning lions from a famous pride featured on a BBC wildlife programme in Narok, south-west Kenya.

State of Britain's wildlife 'fragile'

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 08:49
Britain's wildlife is in an increasingly fragile state, with animals that carry out vital jobs for farmers being lost more rapidly than others, say scientists.

Molecule clears Alzheimer's plaques

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 08:15
A molecule can remove Alzheimer's plaques from the brains of mice and improve learning and memory, scientists find.

EU alliance sees hope rise for deal

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 07:57
The European Union has formed an alliance with 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in a final push for a climate deal at COP21.

Arnie: 'Go part-time veggie for climate'

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 03:57
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says people should go meat-free one or two days a week to fight climate change.

Hidden portrait 'found under Mona Lisa'

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 22:00
An earlier portrait of the Mona Lisa has been found under the existing painting using reflective light technology, according to a French scientist.

Smog 'red alert' in effect in Beijing

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 21:26
Schools in Beijing are closed and outdoor construction halted as the Chinese capital's first ever pollution "red alert" comes into effect over smog levels.

Farmers urged to cut antibiotic use

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 18:33
Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says.

VIDEO: What is carbon capture?

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 17:12
Cambridge University's Professor Jerome Neufeld and Dr Bryan Lovell show environment correspondent Matt McGrath how carbon capture works.

Warming speeds 'slowest landslides'

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 16:28
How rising temperatures are speeding up Alaska's landslides

VIDEO: What happens if climate summit fails?

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 16:18
BBC environment correspondent Matt McGrath assesses the consequences if the UN Climate Change Convention in Paris fails.

VIDEO: Are flood defences fit for purpose?

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 15:41
After hundreds of millions of pounds were spent on flood defences, many people affected by the floods are asking how their homes could have been inundated yet again

VIDEO: Arnie: 'Use technology to help climate'

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 14:34
Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger calls on world leaders to take action on climate action

Space rocket dismantled for removal

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:48
A section of a space rocket which was found off the Isles of Scilly is dismantled for disposal, its owners confirm.

Defences against the indefensible?

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:03
Can flood defences always protect vulnerable communities from the impact of "exceptional" weather events, such as Storm Desmond?

Scientists create infertile mosquitoes

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 08:03
UK scientists say they have reached a milestone in the fight against malaria by creating a genetically modified mosquito that is infertile.

CO2 emissions 'to stall, even decline'

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 08:00
For the first time, global emissions of carbon dioxide are likely to stall and perhaps decline this year, even as the world economy grows, according to new research.

VIDEO: US 'wants binding climate deal rules'

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 04:28
As politicians make a final push for a global climate pact in Paris, the US energy secretary says the processes around verification and climate targets should be binding.