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Fur seals feel climate impacts

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:52
Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists who have studied the animals for 30 years on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:40
Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

EU sets 30% energy savings target

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:52
Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, according to the European Commission.

Bats 'fly by polarised light'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:43
Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.

Deep sea mining licences issued

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:55
The UN's seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.

Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:55
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

Giant python gets a health check

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:35
Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up

Quarantine over China plague death

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:47
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:32
Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?

Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:28
European spat over energy savings target

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:14
Models and concepts by famous car manufacturers

VIDEO: Giant python gets a health check

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:13
A team at Chester Zoo has given a check-up, including heart ultrasound scan to its giant reticulated python, named JF.

Jellyfish set for record numbers

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:00
Wales is hailed as a jellyfish "hotspot" by researchers who say they could hit record numbers this summer.

Three person IVF plans 'progress'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:35
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.

Kepler sees world with distant orbit

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:04
The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.

AUDIO: Warm weather boosts slug numbers

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:07
There has been an increase in the number of slugs in Britain's gardens due to the warm and damp weather.

VIDEO: Scientists survey jellyfish after boom

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 01:52
More and more jellyfish are being spotted on the UK's coastline during the summer months, and now scientists have decided to try and find out why.

Beef's greater environment burden

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:08
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:34
Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.

Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:07
Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.