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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.


How Hollywood star Sheen helped uncover a dark secret

Mon, 24 Jun 2024 05:00:13 GMT

A chance scroll on the internet led the actor Michael Sheen on a journey to uncover a dark secret.


Chimpanzees ‘self-medicate’ with healing plants

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 23:59:17 GMT

Wild chimpanzees seek out medicinal plants to eat when they are sick or injured, a study says.


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'.


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.


Key oil project must count full climate impact - court

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.


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.


Monkeys got along better after hurricane - study

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 18:07:48 GMT

Scientists say the disaster changed ‘rules of the game’ in monkey society as sharing shade became vital.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Resting cuckoo bees win insect photo competition

Tue, 25 Jun 2024 03:13:47 GMT

The winning images from this year's Royal Entomological Society Insect Week photography competition.


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?


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.


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.


China space probe returns with rare Moon rocks

Tue, 25 Jun 2024 09:40:48 GMT

The Chang'e-6 has landed after collecting the first ever samples from the far side of the Moon.


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.