The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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Italy must step up efforts to contain a bacterial disease blighting olive trees in the southern province of Lecce, EU officials warn.
A study suggests that non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because negative impacts are limited to localised areas.
Solar power could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government has said.
Solar energy could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government forecasts.
Scientists report a new species of giant amphibian after digging up multiple fossils from an ancient, dried-up lake where hundreds of the beasts probably died.
Scientists in central Australia discover what they say is a 400km-wide underground asteroid crater - the largest impact area ever found.
The capability of the latest intelligent robots is forcing us to address how far we want these machines integrated into our lives.
David Shukman looks at work being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as the government pushes for more investment and co-operation in the field.
Taking money out of Europe's research budget for a special economic stimulus plan will end up boosting science, claims Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas.
US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces.
Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, but rarer species need special attention, a study has confirmed.
The National Trust says climate change is the "biggest threat" to the land it protects, as the charity unveils a 10-year plan to help the environment.
Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change.
Meet the hunters ignoring the Ebola bushmeat ban
One of William Smith's original 1815 geological maps of England, Wales and part of Scotland is re-discovered in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its making.
The fish that can grow as big as a man and live for 30 years
Climate change could harm crop yields and the environment in China, says the country's top meteorologist, in a rare official admission.
An Indian campaigner who brought water to 1,000 villages using ancient methods wins a prize known as the "Nobel Prize for water".
Budi, a baby orangutan who was rescued after being kept for months in a chicken cage in West Borneo, has made a remarkable recovery.
The second run of the Large Hadron Collider is set to ramp up this week but beams will not go 'full circle' before Wednesday, say scientists at Cern.