The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.
Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.
Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.
Why the US public lost interest in lunar exploration
A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.
Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.
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.
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.
Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, according to the European Commission.
Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.
The UN's seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.
Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up
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?