102406258 ouseea2 - Foam pollution kills fish in River Great Ouse
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Foam pollution kills fish in River Great Ouse

Image copyright Environment Agency Image caption The foam was spotted in the River Great Ouse in Brackley and travelled downstream o Buckingham More than 2,000 fish have died after pollution left a river looking like a bubble bath. The foam was first spotted in the River Great Ouse in Brackley, Northamptonshire on Friday, 29 June […]

102400423 roverwide nc preview - UK engineers to design new Mars rover
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UK engineers to design new Mars rover

Image copyright Airbus Image caption The fetch rover would look something like this UK engineers will design a robot that can retrieve rock samples on Mars so they can be sent to Earth for study. The European Space Agency is issuing contracts to industry to spec the technology needed for what will be a complex […]

102394047 preciousstream toad ansoniasmeagol chankinonn - Precious 'Gollum's toad' on brink of extinction
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Precious 'Gollum's toad' on brink of extinction

Image copyright Chan Kin Onn Image caption The toad has been found only on one mountainside in Malaysia A toad named after the character Gollum in the fantasy novel Lord of the Rings has joined the latest list of animals deemed at risk of extinction. The amphibian lives not in the Misty Mountains, but on […]

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Scott Pruitt quits as head of US environment agency

Scandal-hit Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency. President Donald Trump said Mr Pruitt had done “an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him”. But Mr Pruitt has been embroiled in allegations of ethics violations for months. His deputy Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting head […]

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Call to turn oil rigs into nature reserves

Image copyright Getty Images Marine wildlife could benefit if some de-commissioned oil rigs were left on the sea bed, a survey says. This challenges the conventional wisdom that the sea bed should be restored to its pristine state when a rig’s life ends. The paper says over the 30-year lifetime of an oil rig, creatures […]

102373343 enseteperrieri themadagascanbanana photocredit heleneralimanana - Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again
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Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again

Image copyright Ralimanana Image caption The Madagascan banana: Could this save the world’s banana crop? A wild banana that may hold the key to protecting the world’s edible banana crop has been put on the extinction list. It is found only in Madagascar, where there are just five mature trees left in the wild. Scientists […]

102382814 newnorilsk - Sentinel satellite exposes sulphur dioxide pollution
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Sentinel satellite exposes sulphur dioxide pollution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Norilsk in the Arctic Circle is built on its mining and smelting industries What must it be like to live in the Siberian town of Norilsk on a “bad air day”? They say the local smelting industry produces 1% of all the sulphur dioxide (SO₂) going into the air […]

100491015 mediaitem100491014 - Embryo breakthrough 'can save northern white rhino'
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Embryo breakthrough 'can save northern white rhino'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, died in March 2018 The seemingly “disastrous” story of the world’s most endangered mammal – the northern white rhino – could be rewritten by IVF, scientists claim. They used the method to produce rhino embryos with sperm from two dead males. The embryos […]

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Internet cables can aid quake detection

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Fibre optic cables are widely used for communications Earthquakes may now become easier to detect than ever before, with the aid of developing technology. Researchers in Iceland have successfully used an existing fibre-optic communications cable to assess seismic activity. Such cables are laid beneath the ground in countries […]

102372401 beepictracker - Asian hornet scientists in 'breakthrough' to stop spread
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Asian hornet scientists in 'breakthrough' to stop spread

Image caption Dr Kennedy said the hornets could carry the tracking device which could be up to 80% of the insect’s weight Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in the fight to stop the spread of Asian hornets in the UK. A team from the University of Exeter used electronic radio tags to track […]

102373001 foxholebearmandible - Lost history of brown bears in Britain revealed
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Lost history of brown bears in Britain revealed

Image copyright Hannah O’Regan Image caption The jaw of a bear from Foxhole Cave, Derbyshire A new study reveals the hidden history of brown bears in Britain, suggesting they still roamed wild 1,500 years ago. The research raises two scenarios. Either “native bears” went extinct around the early Middle Ages, or they disappeared some 3,000 […]