The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The number of single-use plastic bags handed out by UK supermarkets increases for the fifth year, rising to 8.5 billion.
Scientists find the first ever four-legged snake, which lived at the time of the dinosaurs and probably dug burrows.
The energy and climate change secretary faced accusations of "grotesque hypocrisy" as she outlined the government's plan to tackle climate change.
Trying to predict the South Asian monsoon by studying the ocean
The government has temporarily lifted a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country.
A 4,000 year-old Bronze Age skeleton, believed to be that of a child, is unearthed by archaeologists at a dig in Wiltshire.
A haul of planets from Nasa's Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth.
The butterfly that feeds on rotting flesh
Is it safer to cook rice in a coffee percolator?
Engineers have successfully tested a mobile bridge based on origami that could be deployed in disaster zones.
Astronauts from Russia, the US and Japan have successfully docked at the International Space Station.
Three wildcat kittens bred at a wildlife park in Scotland emerge from their den for the first time since birth.
Families need an annual household income of at least £45,000 to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of their environment.
Astronauts from Russia, the US and Japan successfully dock at the International Space Station, on a flight postponed since April.
Scientists work out how boa constrictors kill their prey, busting the myth that the snakes suffocate their victims.
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying three crew members to the International Space Station blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Scientists come up with an improved method for building tiny 3D structures out of strands of DNA.
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.