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The impacts of climate change are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", according to a UN report.
The costs of inaction on climate change will be "catastrophic", according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The UN's International Court of Justice rules that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.
Global warming is likely to have a "severe, pervasive and irreversible" impact, a major UN report warns.
River dredging on the Somerset Levels starts as part of a package of measures aimed at preventing a repeat of the winter floods.
Research from a campaign group says breaking down cultural hurdles in the classroom is necessary to get more girls interested in science and technology
Altitude sickness is actually two distinct illnesses according to research carried out by scientists at Edinburgh University.
Can science stop sharks attacking humans?
Scientists say they have taken a step forward in understanding why some people are at greater risk of skin cancer because of their family history.
Climbing inside a whale was once thought to bring relief to rheumatism sufferers, an exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum reveals.
Negotiators work through the night in an effort to complete their review of a key report on the impacts of climate change.
Skeletons unearthed by London's Crossrail are victims of the Black Death and may be part of a mass grave, forensic tests reveal.
Beatboxer Jason Singh spoke to BBC Breakfast to explain why he is inspired by birdsong and show off his skills at imitating our feathered friends.
Can a Zen-like approach help flood-threatened countries?
The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, is re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.
Is global warming pushing affluent Japan towards a food crisis?
Getting more details out of a suspect's fingerprints
Why climate change is bad news for your cuppa
Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast in a landmark achievement for biological engineering.
How climate change is threatening Zanzibar's seaweed industry