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Landmark ruling could threaten future UK oil drilling

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 10:37:06 GMT

Supreme Court has ruled Surrey Council should have considered the climate change impacts of new oil wells.

BBC uncovers 6,000 possible illegal sewage spills in one year

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 23:01:53 GMT

Data from English water firms suggests thousands more sewage spills took place on dry days, including during record 2022 heatwave.

Are animals conscious? How new research is changing minds

Sat, 15 Jun 2024 23:04:14 GMT

A series of experiments have led a number of scientists to say animals may be conscious.

Together in wonder: North America awed by total solar eclipse

Mon, 08 Apr 2024 23:04:53 GMT

Stunning spectacle is witnessed by millions across the continent. Here are some of the stories.

Call for UK agency to regulate harmful chemicals

Wed, 05 Jun 2024 09:12:02 GMT

The Royal Society of Chemistry says the current regulation of chemicals is 'not fit for purpose'.

UK quits treaty that lets oil firms sue government

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 12:34:37 GMT

The ECT allowed fossil-fuel companies to sue governments for billions in compensation for lost profits.

27 new wild swimming sites for England - but are they clean?

Mon, 13 May 2024 01:04:27 GMT

Twenty-seven new sites have been designated for summer pollution monitoring.

Who owns the Moon? A new space race means it could be up for grabs

Sat, 08 Jun 2024 23:58:01 GMT

A race for the lunar surface's resources is currently under way. What’s to stop a Wild West opening up?

Satellite to probe mystery of clouds and climate

Tue, 28 May 2024 22:31:45 GMT

Europe's Earthcare satellite will tell us if the planet could lose the cooling effect of clouds.

Drones reveal Antarctic whale 'acrobatics'

Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:20:02 GMT

Aerial footage of humpback whales shows how efficiently they can twist and turn their huge bodies.

Crossbows and eerie silences – following Antarctic whales for climate change clues

Sat, 08 Jun 2024 00:06:47 GMT

How scientists are discovering secrets of Antarctic climate change in the bodies of giant humpback whales.

More Northern Lights soon as Sun storms strengthen

Sat, 18 May 2024 00:01:05 GMT

Another spectacular light show could come within two weeks as Sun storms reach 11-year high.

World breaches 1.5C warming threshold for full year

Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:18:33 GMT

The last 12 months were the hottest on record, temporarily sending the world past a deeply symbolic mark.

Why firms are racing to produce green ammonia

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:04:21 GMT

Ammonia is essential for fertiliser production but producing it is carbon intensive.

Hottest February marks ninth new monthly record

Thu, 07 Mar 2024 03:06:49 GMT

It's the ninth month of global temperature records in a row, driven by climate change and El Niño.

Explorer Shackleton's last ship found on ocean floor

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 11:26:06 GMT

Wreck hunters find the ship on which famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton made his final voyage.

China's far-side Moon mission begins journey back

Tue, 04 Jun 2024 07:13:00 GMT

Chang'e-6 will bring home rock samples that could help scientists study how planets are formed.

Airbus UK to build satellite to monitor Sun storms

Wed, 22 May 2024 15:47:44 GMT

The spacecraft will give earlier warnings of conditions that produced the recent auroral lights.

‘Space hairdryer’ regenerates heart tissue in study

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 04:30:19 GMT

Gentle shockwaves could regenerate the heart tissue of patients after bypass surgery, research suggests.

Nature groups launch legal bid over wildlife loss

Fri, 07 Jun 2024 10:46:20 GMT

Countryside and wildlife conservation groups want a judicial review of government action on nature loss.

Space telescope reveals new images of the Universe

Thu, 23 May 2024 10:27:55 GMT

The Euclid telescope mission, backed by Durham University scientists, releases dark Universe images.

US says Russia likely launched anti-satellite weapon

Wed, 22 May 2024 04:22:18 GMT

The Russian satellite launched last week may be capable of attacking other satellites, the Pentagon says.

Earliest and most distant galaxy ever observed

Thu, 30 May 2024 23:07:28 GMT

The James Webb Space Telescope smashes its own record for detecting the most distant known galaxy.