The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 7 min 41 sec ago
New research suggests that the impact of fracking and shale gas in reducing US carbon emissions has been overstated.
MPs accuse the government of denying them a say over planned cuts to solar subsidies, with an announcement coming a day after the summer recess began.
Two separate genetic analyses have found evidence for a surprising genetic link between the native populations of the Americas and Oceania.
The latest images from Nasa's New Horizons probe reveal another mountain range on Pluto.
Subsidies for many new solar farms are to end under plans being published by the government.
More than 20 people with Clostridium difficile have been saved in the West Midlands by being fed liquid faeces.
Much-loved birds including curlews and cuckoos are under a growing threat from climate change in England.
A new study unpicks how the skin of the Texas horned lizard funnels water towards its mouth, and unveils a plastic replica that uses the same principles.
A university is in "exploratory discussions" on plans to build the world's deepest swimming pool for spaceflight and human endurance research.
A "near miss" between a passenger jet and a drone has prompted a warning about using the hobby aircraft safely.
A new, full snapshot of our planet has been captured by a Nasa satellite.
The US National Air and Space Museum has turned to crowdfunding to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the Moon.
Growing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are threatening the effectiveness of radiocarbon dating say scientists.
Cathy Lewis, space suit curator at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, explains why a campaign is under way to raise $500,000 to help safeguard the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong.
Researchers say the Arctic is highly sensitive to changes in summer temperatures as ice rebound continued through 2014.
The beautiful creatures with a deadly streak
Australia's wombats are under threat from a painful and fatal skin disease known as mange.
The Philae comet lander has fallen silent, according to scientists working on the European Rosetta mission.
Fishermen in South-West England turn their boats into "massive data platforms" for a citizen science study to measure plankton levels off the UK coast.
Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space.