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An international team of experts is engaged in a last ditch effort to save the northern white rhino from extinction.
Scientists shed light on the energetic emission of radiation that occurs in thunderstorms.
One of the world's last remaining northern white rhinos has died at a zoo in California, the 44-year old male named Angalifu died of old age, leaving only five in the world.
Tiny microbes uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition are analysed by scientists to see how they can survive under the seabed.
Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.
Denmark makes a claim to the UN, arguing the area around the North Pole is linked to the continental shelf of Greenland, its autonomous territory.
A male northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu has died at the San Diego Zoo in California, leaving only five of the species in the entire world.
Somerset is home to England's largest bittern population, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says.
Two cool summers in a row have now allowed the pack ice in the Arctic to increase and then hold on to a good deal of its volume.
Three prisoners who escaped from the US island prison Alcatraz in 1962 may have made it to land alive, a new study suggests.
How a historic divide was finally bridged in Lima
UN member states reach agreement on how countries should tackle climate change, after differences cause talks to overrun by two days.
Tens of thousands of penguin couples gather in Antarctica for their nesting season.
The head of the US delegation at UN climate talks warns of a "major breakdown" in the process if negotiators fail to come to an agreement in Lima.
Talks continue through the night at the key UN climate summit in Peru, with major divisions between rich and poor nations hampering progress.
The first colour image from the Rosetta spacecraft shows that Comet 67P is even more dark and monochrome than expected.
Landing on a comet, laser fusion and a working tractor beam are among the physics breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by a leading magazine.
The EU may scrap plans for legislation on air pollution and waste in a drive to boost the economy.
Had you heard the phrase "weather bomb" until this week? Newsnight's Stephen Smith has been looking into weather's new exotic language
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