BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment



Amount of deep life on Earth quantified

Having dug and drilled into the Earth, scientists can now estimate how much life exists at depth.

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 10:08 am


Where did the Sun come from?

Earth would be a frozen lump of rock without the energy created from our nearest star.

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 8:54 am


Nasa's Voyager 2 probe 'leaves the Solar System'

Voyager 2, a space probe launched in 1977, becomes only the second human-made object to enter the space between the stars.

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 8:53 am


Climate change and the UK: The good and bad

The UK claims to be a leader in climate change - but is it?

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 8:10 am


Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

White House efforts to promote fossil fuels are set to be upstaged by investors moving away from coal.

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 1:41 am


Mission to put millions of hidden fossils online

Museums including Washington’s Smithsonian have set out to digitally record specimens in their collection.

Posted on 9 December 2018 | 1:46 pm


'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark

A global effort to digitally record millions of fossils is set to transform the study of evolution.

Posted on 9 December 2018 | 1:35 pm


Climate change: Why are governments taking so long to take action?

Leading climate scientists say progress is way off track, so what needs to happen to speed things up?

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 7:01 pm


Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report

A major climate conference in Poland has failed to adopt a key report after a dispute over a form of words.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 3:25 pm


Chang'e-4: China mission launches to far side of Moon

It is the first attempt to land robotic craft on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 2:40 pm


Nasa's InSight probe listens to Martian winds

Two instruments on the recently landed InSight probe capture the noise made by the planet's wind.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 1:08 pm


Bloodhound supersonic car project axed

The driver of the 1,000mph supersonic vehicle says the car is available for the cost of a Ferrari.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 9:20 am


Trump's environmental rollback rolls on

The administration plans to open protected lands for drilling and lift curbs on carbon emissions.

Posted on 6 December 2018 | 4:54 pm


Falcon 9 rocket guides itself to sea

The rocket had a hydraulic problem on its way back to Earth.

Posted on 6 December 2018 | 7:36 am


Climate change: Warming made UK heatwave 30 times more likely

Rising global temperatures have massively boosted the chances of summer heatwaves in the UK, says a study.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 7:16 pm


Fossil preserves 'sea monster' blubber and skin

Scientists identify fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 1:02 pm


Cars and coal help drive 'strong' CO2 rise in 2018

CO2 emissions hit an all time high, rising nearly 3% in 2018 thanks to coal and a booming global market for cars.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 1:01 pm


Game-on for UK's Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final

A UK-based team arrives in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 8:28 am


Ash dieback: Ash woodlands 'may flourish once again'

Scientists say there is hope that some ash trees can survive in the future, despite ash dieback.

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 7:44 pm


Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species'

"Iconic" animals such as tigers are being replaced by "cosmopolitan" species found everywhere - researchers.

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 7:44 pm


Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger

The highly threatened subspecies has been brought back to a reserve in Niger after a 50-year absence.

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 5:18 pm


Albert Einstein's 'God letter' sells for $2.9m

The 1954 letter about religion smashed its predicted price at an auction in New York.

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 4:01 pm


What is that bright object next to the moon?

A spectacular sight lights up the sky as Venus and the moon rise together

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 8:31 am


Research worms 'too old' to go to space station

A launch is delayed due to mouldy food bars, meaning the worms could be a day too old for research.

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 6:46 am


West Mersea mammoth tusk 'dates back 12,000 years'

It was discovered off the Essex coast after an unusually low tide exposed it for about half an hour.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 10:58 pm


World's strangest sharks and rays 'on brink of extinction'

A shark that uses its tail to stun prey and a ray half the length of a bus are on the list of 50 species.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 7:31 pm


A journey underground into one of Poland's working mines

As Poland hosts COP24 in nearby Katowice, David Shukman journeys into the depths of a working mine.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 7:21 pm


House in a lab

Scientists have rebuilt a terraced house inside a laboratory to help make UK homes energy-efficient.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 7:02 pm


Bacton Gas Terminal to be protected by sandscaping plan

A nationally important terminal on the Norfolk coast is to be protected by a new "sandscape".

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 12:59 pm


Soyuz rocket: First crewed launch since failure docks at ISS

Russia's space agency confirmed the docking - the first crewed launch since October's failure.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 12:58 pm


Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe arrives at Asteroid Bennu

Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft moves alongside the 500m-wide rock from which it hopes to grab a sample.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 12:32 pm


Sacked man claims discrimination against his 'ethical veganism'

Jordi Casamitjana wants to have ethical veganism recognised as a philosophical belief, in a landmark legal action.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 9:53 am


Gravitational waves: Monster black hole merger detected

Laser labs sense gravitational waves from a black hole collision at least five billion light-years away.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 7:13 am


Climate change: 'Trump effect' threatens Paris pact

President Trump's actions are restricting global efforts to cut carbon, a study suggests.

Posted on 3 December 2018 | 3:01 am


Climate change

As representatives gather in Poland for talks on climate change, we look at how hot the world has got and what can we can all do to tackle global warming.

Posted on 1 December 2018 | 7:14 pm


Brexit: Sam Gyimah resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

Sam Gyimah says the row over the EU's Galileo system shows how the UK will be "hammered" in any deal.

Posted on 1 December 2018 | 10:12 am


Nation's botanical treasure troves 'under huge threat'

The UK's herbaria are great scientific collections that must be safeguarded for the future, say scientists.

Posted on 30 November 2018 | 9:31 pm


TEDWomen: Vibrations offer new way to track elephants

A technique used to study earthquakes have been adapted to track elephants in the wild.

Posted on 30 November 2018 | 8:24 pm


Climate change: How slag can remove CO2 from the air

Scientists in Wales are looking at how slag heaps can be used to remove CO2 from the air in the fight against climate change.

Posted on 30 November 2018 | 7:02 pm


New Zealand whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

Illness, warmer waters and the fact that pilot whales travel in sociable groups could all play a role.

Posted on 30 November 2018 | 10:31 am


Australian students in mass climate protest

Thousands skip school to urge action on climate change, despite criticism from PM Scott Morrison.

Posted on 30 November 2018 | 4:03 am


Berta Cáceres: Seven convicted of murdering anti-dam activist

A Honduran court finds seven men guilty of killing renowned environmental campaigner Berta Cáceres.

Posted on 29 November 2018 | 9:09 pm


Extinction crisis: Five things you should know

The United Nations biodiversity chief on why extinction is a "silent killer" and deserves more attention.

Posted on 29 November 2018 | 8:55 pm


Satellites warn African farmers of pest infestations

UK researchers develop an early warning system to prevent crops in Africa being devastated.

Posted on 29 November 2018 | 7:36 pm


Carmichael project: Visiting Australia's controversial Adani mine

The BBC's Vineet Khare visited the controversial Carmichael project by Indian energy giant Adani.

Posted on 29 November 2018 | 5:04 pm


Climate change: Can 12 billion tonnes of carbon be sucked from the air?

Is it remotely feasible to remove 12 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air?

Posted on 29 November 2018 | 1:00 pm


Climate change: Last four years are 'world's hottest'

Twenty of the warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, say the World Meteorological Organization.

Posted on 29 November 2018 | 5:01 am


Climate change: EU aims to be 'climate neutral' by 2050

The European Union says it wants to become the first major economy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Posted on 28 November 2018 | 5:44 am


UK's first carbon capture and storage project 'operational by mid 2020s'

Ministers give a timeline for the UK's first carbon capture and storage project, as research funding is announced.

Posted on 27 November 2018 | 7:02 pm


Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years

Global efforts to tackle climate are off track says the UN, as it sees a rise in CO2 after years of decline.

Posted on 27 November 2018 | 10:06 am


High risk

Our reliance on technology means a violent storm on the Sun could have serious effects.

Posted on 21 November 2018 | 8:55 pm


Out of the shadows

Caroline Herschel discovered eight comets - one was named after her - but her work is less known about than her brother William's.

Posted on 21 November 2018 | 2:31 am


Edible insects

Sainsbury's is the first UK supermarket to stock edible insects - but just how tasty are they?

Posted on 19 November 2018 | 8:22 am


Palm oil: One woman's fight to save 'the last place on Earth'

Farwiza Farhan on efforts to protect the forests where orangutan, rhinos, elephants and tigers co-exist.

Posted on 17 November 2018 | 7:05 pm


Dr persistence

Sophia Jex-Blake was a pioneer of women's education on her way to be Scotland's first female doctor.

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 8:00 pm


Living laboratories

This living laboratory could hold the key to controlling malaria and other conditions.

Posted on 13 November 2018 | 8:33 pm


Colourful dynasty

The endangered African wild dog will enthral TV viewers when it features in David Attenborough's new Dynasties series.

Posted on 9 November 2018 | 5:29 pm


Red Planet

Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on Mars.

Posted on 5 November 2018 | 7:00 pm


Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

Posted on 14 March 2018 | 9:06 am


Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Posted on 14 March 2018 | 7:24 am