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Why is there microplastic in Arctic snow?

A team of German-Swiss researchers has found that microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow in the Arctic. Researchers collected snow samples from the Svalbard islands using a low-tech method – a dessert spoon and a flask. They found more than 10,000 of them per litre of melted snow. The […]

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Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic

Image copyright Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Mine Tekman Image caption The researchers collected samples of snow in flasks Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found. The scientists said they were shocked by the sheer number of particles they found: more than 10,000 of them […]

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Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sets sail from Plymouth

Image copyrightPA Media Image caption Greta Thunberg said her voyage across the Atlantic “is going to be a huge challenge”Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has set sail from the UK, bound for UN climate summits in New York and Chile. Fans gathered to wave her off on her voyage across the Atlantic. The 16-year-old made a […]

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Deforestation: What’s wrong with planting new forests?

Forest area has been increasing in some parts of the world, but deforestation is continuing at speed in others. Can the trees we are planting make up for those that are being cut down? Reality Check’s Jack Goodman takes a look. Motion graphics by Jacqueline Galvin. Do you have a view about this post? Leave […]

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Black squirrels the result of 'interbreeding' grey squirrels, study finds

Image copyright Philip Meyers Image caption The black squirrel was first recorded in Britain in Woburn, Bedfordshire in 1912 Black squirrels are the result of “interbreeding” between their grey cousins and the North American fox squirrel, a study has concluded. Research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology found the black fur emerged from a faulty pigment […]

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Exomars: Parachute test failure threat to launch date

Image copyright Esa Image caption The Rosalind Franklin rover carries a drill to collect samples from below the Martian surface A European-Russian project to land on Mars has been hit by another parachute failure, during a drop test in Sweden. It’s the second test mishap involving the parachutes, so with launch under a year away, […]

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Greta Thunberg's zero carbon journey to climate change conference

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg will spend two weeks travelling across the North Atlantic on a boat with no toilets, kitchens or privacy. Greta has stopped flying due to environmental reasons, but is due to attend a crucial climate change conference in New York. She told the BBC that travelling by boat sends a signal […]

108287282 023338359 - Beetles threaten Yorkshire's purple heather moorland
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Beetles threaten Yorkshire's purple heather moorland

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The four-month grouse shooting season started on 12 August It is feared Yorkshire’s moorland could lose its distinctive purple heather due to swarms of beetles. The heather beetle has been blamed for moorland turning from purple to shades of orange and brown. The insects have thrived after the “Beast […]

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Is this the world's most sustainable building?

Image caption Mr van Erven says the money saved by the environmental measures means they will pay for themselves The UK government is not doing enough to encourage companies to be more sustainable, the business lobby group CBI has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. What can be learned from the world’s most sustainable industrial building […]

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Smart sensors listen to healing wounds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new technique means a patient’s bandages do not have to be removed to see what is happening with the wound A new technique is being developed to help heal wounds by listening to them. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University are creating tiny electronic sensors that can hear what is […]

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Giant Lowestoft street art paintings to celebrate wildlife

The latest mural aimed at “bringing wildlife” into a town has been revealed. Street artist ATM painted a kingfisher on the wall of a hairdressers in Lowestoft, Suffolk. It is the London-based artist’s third mural in the area and is part of a Suffolk Wildlife Trust graffiti trail. The project is to help celebrate the […]