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Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:20
A warming world will release vast amounts of soil carbon into the atmosphere, which in turn risks triggering dangerous climate change, scientists warn.

EU energy use to fall by 30% under new efficiency plans for 2030

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:11
New proposals from the European Commission see binding targets for energy efficiency as key method of curbing carbon.

Platypus venom paves way to possible diabetes treatment

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 05:30
Australian researchers say platypus venom could pave the way for new type 2 diabetes treatments.

Saturn mission approaches tour finale

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 05:26
The Cassini spacecraft is beginning the end phases of its mission to Saturn that will eventually see it disposed of in the giant planet's atmosphere.

'Predator of the deep' or gentle giant?

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 04:11
The giant manta ray could be a "predator of the deep" preying on other fish, say scientists.

Arctic sea-ice struggles to build volume

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 02:02
Data shows the volume of Arctic sea-ice is heading for a record-equalling low for the month of November.

Mars probe returns first pictures

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 08:16
The new satellite that Europe and Russia put in orbit at Mars on 19 October has sent back its first images of the planet.

Rare Antarctic beetle find delights

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 04:17
Scientists have made a rare find: a new species of beetle from Antarctica.

Astronaut eye problems blamed on spinal fluid

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 06:38
Scientists might have found the root cause of vision problems that affect some astronauts.

Japan Fukushima nuclear plant 'clean-up costs double'

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 05:40
Japan estimates the cost of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear disaster has doubled, reports say.

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 05:00
This year saw the worst-ever destruction of coral on the Great Barrier Reef, a new study finds.

Flood spending decisions 'perverse', Green Alliance says

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 18:59
England spends nearly four times more on activities that may cause flooding than it invests to combat flooding, a think tank says.

Croatian scientists 'find 30 new species in caves'

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:30
Scientists say they have discovered 30 new species of animal in subterranean caves, following a two-year search.

Nature deficit disorder

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 17:16
It's become a buzzword, but what is NDD?

After the quake

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:02
Cut off from the outside world, quake-hit Kaikoura's businesses face uncertainty but vow to hold on.

Europe's science ministers to decide on ExoMars rover

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 07:03
European research ministers will be asked for just over €400m (£345m) to put a rover on Mars in 2021 when they meet next week in Switzerland.

Women in science pledge to combat hate

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 17:33
Women of science around the world sign a pledge to combat discrimination in the wake of the US election.

Seasonal wetlands face uncertain future

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 17:31
Ephemeral wetlands are poorly understood habitats and are being lost to future generations as a result of poor land-use practices, warn scientists.

Machine food

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 16:36
The world needs to produce more food to feed a growing population, but is automation and sensor technology the answer?

Heathrow third runway 'to breach climate change laws'

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 16:01
Plans to expand Heathrow Airport are set to breach the government’s climate change laws, advisers warn.