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Science & Environment at BBC

Monday, Jun 17

14

Should I worry about a bird flu pandemic?

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Bird flu is spreading in cattle herds in the US in a surprising development that’s worrying scientists.

Sunday, Jun 16

05

Clean air zones: What is the money raised spent on?

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A BBC investigation finds England's clean air zones raised more than £150m last year.

02

Are animals conscious? How new research is changing minds

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

Saturday, Jun 15

03

Drones reveal Antarctic whale 'acrobatics'

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

Friday, Jun 14

02

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

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

Wednesday, Jun 12

14

Explorer Shackleton's last ship found on ocean floor

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

Sunday, Jun 9

02

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

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

Saturday, Jun 8

05

Nasa 'Earthrise' astronaut dies at 90 in plane crash

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The photo taken by Bill Anders is one of the most famous images ever snapped in outer space.

03

Crossbows and eerie silences - climate clues from Antarctic whales

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

Friday, Jun 7

08

Nature groups launch legal bid over wildlife loss

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

03

Why scientists are using a crossbow to study whales

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Researchers use the device to take remote biopsies from wild humpback whales to monitor their health.

Thursday, Jun 6

18

Musk's Starship rocket makes breakthrough ocean landing

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The SpaceX rocket descended broadly intact all the way to the sea surface for the first time.

Wednesday, Jun 5

Boeing launches long-delayed astronaut capsule

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US astronauts ride a new crew capsule to orbit after a long and tortuous development programme.

12

Call for UK agency to regulate harmful chemicals

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

02

Australia wants to become a renewable energy superpower. Can it?

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The country has come up with an ambitious plan to become the engine room of the new green economy.

Tuesday, Jun 4

10

China's far-side Moon mission begins journey back

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

Sunday, Jun 2

07

China's Chang'e-6 robot lands on Moon's far side

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The mission hopes to bring rocks back to Earth from the far side of the Moon for the first time.

Friday, May 31

18

World record broken for living thing with most DNA

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A rare plant has the largest genome of any organism on earth - holding 50 times more DNA than humans.

03

Dinosaur hunter stumbles across million-dollar find

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This extraordinary discovery was made by chance, during one man’s birthday stroll on the mountains of Colorado.

02

Earliest and most distant galaxy ever observed

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

Wednesday, May 29

20

Concern for Iceland town following new eruption

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Grindavik's mayor says larger lava flows than usual are heading towards the largely abandoned area.

01

Satellite to probe mystery of clouds and climate

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

Tuesday, May 28

08

Ealing beavers: Dams, canals - and perhaps babies

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How the beavers of west London are improving the local landscape for residents.

03

Tackling water shortages with 'Star Wars' tech

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'I thought why don’t we give it a try?' said student Swapnil Shrivastav, after inspiration struck.

Saturday, May 25

Extinct 'mountain jewel' plant returned to wild - in a secret location

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A plant picked for its beautiful flowers then wiped out in the UK mainland makes a dramatic return.

Friday, May 24

15

Government wins court case over River Wye pollution

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The High Court ruled that the Environment Agency and the UK government were implementing the law properly.

Thursday, May 23

17

Atlantic to get 'extraordinary' hurricane season

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There could be up to seven major hurricanes of category three or higher this season, many more than usual.

16

Space telescope reveals new images of the Universe

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

13

UK disaster response needs 'urgent' £100m upgrade

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Fire chiefs say specialist service equipment used in natural disasters and terror attacks needs to be replaced.

Wednesday, May 22

18

Airbus UK to build satellite to monitor Sun storms

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