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UK government to bring in new controls on plastic items

Image copyright Reuters In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the government will introduce new controls on single use plastic items next year. The measures cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England from April 2020. Only plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned from sale – currently 316 million are […]

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Driverless cars: Cambridge University model cars 'talk' to avoid jams

A fleet of 16 miniature cars have been programmed to communicate with each other to avoid traffic jams. Researchers at Cambridge University set up a track and stopped one of the driverless cars, blocking one of two lanes, to see how they reacted. When the communication system was switched off, a tailback soon appeared in […]

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How a new diet for gassy cows is helping the environment

Cattle farming is responsible for almost 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. So some farmers in Colombia have been piloting a different way of raising cows that has proved better for the environment. A film by Daniel Gordon for People Fixing the World. Do you have a […]

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Rise in global sea levels could have 'profound consequences'

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica, The long-held view has been that the world’s seas would rise by a maximum of just under a metre by 2100. This new study, based on expert opinions, projects that the […]

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Is there a problem with salmon farming?

David Ainsley runs a tour company, taking tourists on his boat to experience the beauty of the west coast of Scotland. He is also a marine biologist and a diver and over the past eight years he has filmed the seabed next to a fish farm in Loch Shuna. Campaigners like him claim the feed, […]

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Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have put together a map of the UK’s wasp population, showing the distribution of key species. Data recorded by volunteers gives an insight into where wasps are living in the nation’s grasslands, woodlands and towns. The researchers say wasps are a much maligned insect, which deserve more attention. Rather than […]

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Compassionate conservation is 'seriously flawed'

Image caption Should brown rats be allowed to breed and multiply without their numbers being controlled? The idea that you cannot kill any animal is “fatally flawed” as a conservation concept, scientists argue. Conservation measures should concentrate on species or habitats rather than individual animals, they observe. Invasive species, they argue, often require mass culling […]

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Mars: The box seeking to answer the biggest question

Image copyright Airbus Is it possible? Is there life on Mars? Ever since the Mariner 4 probe made the first successful visit to the Red Planet – a flyby in July 1965 – we’ve sent a succession of missions that have given us all sorts of fascinating information about Earth’s near neighbour – but not […]

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Will India energy pledges lead to CO2 rise?

Image caption India’s CO2 emissions is predicted to roughly double by 2040 India’s major political parties competing in the ongoing general elections have pledged free electricity to farmers, ambitious infrastructure projects and rapid expansion of the manufacturing sector. What impact could this have on carbon emissions in India, already the world’s third largest CO2 producer? […]

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Crickets have hit the high street – can they save the planet?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fancy some crispy crickets for lunch? Not that long ago, many of us would grimace at the idea of eating raw fish, crunching on kale or slurping on a chia smoothie. Now thousands of us munch on California rolls doused in soy sauce during our lunch break without a […]

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Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

Image copyright Mike Siva-Jothy Image caption Up close, the mouthparts the bugs use to suck blood are clearly visible A study that began as an investigation into the “utterly bizarre” way in which bedbugs reproduce has revealed they have existed for far longer than humans. DNA samples from 30 species of bedbug revealed the insects […]