97248524 040982838 - Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39
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Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chantek was being treated for progressive heart disease, Zoo Atlanta said An orangutan who was one of the first apes to learn sign language has died in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 39. Chantek lived with an anthropologist in Tennessee for about nine years and learned to clean his room, make and […]

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'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Image copyright JUNGFRAUJOCH Image caption The air monitoring station at Jungfraujoch, in Switzerland, has detected the Italian emissions for nine years Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming […]

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RSPB hails natterjack toad 'baby boom' at Lodge reserve

Image copyright Ben Andrew Image caption Natterjacks are distinguished from common toads by the yellow stripe along their back One of the UK’s rarest toads is thriving at a nature reserve despite unfavourable spring breeding conditions, conservationists claim. About 500 natterjack toadlets have been counted at the RSPB’s The Lodge reserve near Sandy, Bedfordshire, – […]

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New grass snake identified in the UK

Image copyright Wolfgang Bohme/Senckenberg Research Institute Image caption The Natrix helvetica was originally thought to be a subspecies of the grass snake A new type of snake has been identified in the UK, bringing the total number of species to four. Scientists say the barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica, is actually a different species to […]

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Emojis help software spot emotion and sarcasm

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emojis could be a good guide to a message’s hidden meaning, researchers found Emoji icons have helped scientists train computers to understand sarcasm. Researchers used 1.2 billion tweets containing at least one of the most popular 64 emojis to develop DeepMoji. The algorithm learned first to predict which emoji […]

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Rare pine marten captured on camera in North Yorkshire

An image of a rare pine marten has been taken proving the animal does inhabit the North York Moors. The creature was once common across Britain but is now confined mainly to northern Scotland. It was captured on a wildlife camera trap run by the Yorkshire Pine Martin project in partnership with the Forestry Commission. […]

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Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Image copyright SPL Image caption The UK’s improved record of recycling in recent years means there is less waste for burning A boom in incinerator-building could make it impossible for the UK to meet future targets for recycling, a report says. The consultancy Eunomia says waste companies constructing new incinerators will need waste to feed […]

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Developing sensors to help Japan's farmers

Lisa Kikuchi is CEO of SenSprout which is building soil moisture sensors to help Japan’s farmers. As part of the BBC’s Jumpstarting Japan series – meeting the Asian giant’s young entrepreneurs – Lisa says she is now developing software to automatically control crop watering. Source link

97223720 73bef7ed 3588 4ebe 8bb7 28c5b109bd48 - Energy review examining household and environmental costs
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Energy review examining household and environmental costs

Image copyright PA An independent review looking at ways to reduce energy costs has been launched by the government. The study will examine how the UK can keep household bills down while also meeting its climate change targets. Oxford University professor Dieter Helm, who is carrying out the work, said he would “sort out the […]

97216925 70d6b612 6cd7 4170 8981 79a01172b940 - Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100
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Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100

Image copyright AFP Image caption Heat waves will cause most weather-related deaths if measures are not taken, the study says Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say. The number is 50 times more deaths than reported […]