BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment



Trump: Climate change scientists have 'political agenda'

The US president says he accepts the climate is changing, but does not want to "lose millions of jobs".

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 12:53 am


UK steps towards zero-carbon economy

Ministers are responding to scientists' climate challenge. But are they doing enough so far?

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 7:00 pm


Is meat's climate impact too hot for politicians?

Climate scientists say we must eat less meat but the UK government will not sell that message.

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 11:18 am


Story of unsung gardener revealed after appeal on BBC

Who was Miss Harrisson? We now know the story of the gardening pioneer denied a scholarship in 1898.

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 4:18 am


Puffin patrol: The children saving Iceland's pufflings

Puffin populations are struggling, but some young volunteers are coming to their rescue.

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 7:11 pm


Fracking to start in Lancashire as legal challenge fails

Fracking for shale gas can go ahead for first time in the UK since it was linked to earthquakes in 2011.

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 5:38 am


South Africa's ancient lost city of Kweneng rediscovered by lasers

Descendants of the 15th Century residents are now fighting to have it recognised as their homeland.

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:38 pm


Norfolk man who illegally hoarded 5,000 rare eggs faces jail

When he was searched by police, Daniel Lingham said: "I've been a silly man, haven't I?"

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 9:26 am


Meet Europe's new koala clan

Five southern koalas have been flown from Australia to the UK to create a back-up population.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 9:56 pm


Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank

Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 7:38 pm


Six climate questions for 'Green GB'

Cars, planes, heating, fracking and food will come under scrutiny as the UK bids to keep climate change to 1.5C.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 7:37 pm


Hawking's final science study released

Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper has been released, and deals with one of the central topics in the physicist's 56-year-long career.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 11:24 am


Same-sex mice have babies

Scientists break the rules of reproduction, so what does it mean for the future of sex?

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 11:00 am


Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely, say space officials.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 9:53 am


Soyuz crew back to Earth after malfunction

A capsule carrying two crew members on a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned has landed safely.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 6:18 am


BBC helps bust Nepal chimp smuggling

A BBC investigation exposing the scale of chimpanzee trafficking last year has helped police in Nepal uncover a smuggling operation.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 1:47 am


Children on the frontline of climate change

The frightening impact of global warming is seen in drawings by schoolchildren in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 8:06 pm


'Flexitarian' diets key to feeding people in a warming world

Eating more plant-based foods, ending waste and improving farming are vital for the future, say scientists

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 7:39 pm


Nepal busts chimp smugglers after BBC investigation

Police in Kathmandu rescue two trafficked chimps after the BBC revealed the smugglers' methods.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 3:52 pm


German satellites sense Earth's lumps and bumps

The German space agency releases a spectacular 3D map of the Earth's land surfaces.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 11:45 am


Follow the money

Targeting profits linked to the illegal wildlife trade could help protect threatened species

Posted on 9 October 2018 | 8:05 pm


Recycling Antarctica

How do scientists in the Antarctic minimise the waste generated by their research stations?

Posted on 9 October 2018 | 7:00 pm


Whale calf rescued from shark net near Australian coast

It look two hours to free the new-born humpback whale, off Australia's Gold Coast.

Posted on 9 October 2018 | 1:36 pm


Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Robots with novel seafloor mapping capabilities will demonstrate their skill in a Greek showdown.

Posted on 9 October 2018 | 10:47 am


Australia defies climate warning to back coal

The Australian government has backed coal-fired power despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change.

Posted on 9 October 2018 | 10:35 am


Climate change: What would you be prepared to do?

Here's five things we can do to help prevent global temperatures rising more than 1.5 degrees C.

Posted on 8 October 2018 | 4:35 pm


One-off genetic test could detect heart attack risk

The test could help explain why people with apparently no risk factors can still have a heart attack.

Posted on 8 October 2018 | 2:27 pm


Economists win Nobel for work on climate and growth

William Nordhaus and Paul Romer win prize for research on how climate and technology affect the economy.

Posted on 8 October 2018 | 11:30 am


Hubble telescope hit by mechanical failure

The Hubble Space Telescope is operating with only essential functions after it lost one of the gyroscopes needed to point the spacecraft.

Posted on 8 October 2018 | 9:19 am


Climate takeaways

The most important messages from the landmark report on global warming.

Posted on 8 October 2018 | 6:41 am


Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'

Top scientists from around the world urge changes "in all aspects of society" to limit climate warming.

Posted on 8 October 2018 | 6:21 am


Ukraine builds solar plant near Chernobyl

Ukraine launches its first solar plant in the abandoned area around the former nuclear power station.

Posted on 6 October 2018 | 7:52 am


Scientists condemn professor's 'morally reprehensible' talk

Italian researcher Alessandro Strumia is heavily criticised for claiming physics was "built by men".

Posted on 5 October 2018 | 11:27 pm


Swedish girl discovers ancient sword in lake

An eight-year-old girl found a pre-Viking era sword while swimming in a lake in Sweden during the summer.

Posted on 5 October 2018 | 8:58 am


Atoms and Brexit

The government says it has a clear plan, but many in the nuclear sector are concerned for the future.

Posted on 4 October 2018 | 9:24 pm


Caution urged over use of 'carbon unicorns' to limit warming

Using technologies to keep global temperature rise below 1.5C is "crazy" but may be the only way.

Posted on 4 October 2018 | 9:09 pm


Fast fashion is harming the planet, MPs say

The industry is blamed for damaging the environment, fuelling climate change and polluting water.

Posted on 4 October 2018 | 8:51 pm


In a spin

Water shortages mean the laundry industry is adopting various technologies to reduce consumption.

Posted on 4 October 2018 | 7:12 pm


Vietnam's children and the fear of climate change

Children's drawings of nightmarish scenarios illustrate climate change's impact in the Mekong Delta.

Posted on 4 October 2018 | 12:46 pm


First 'exomoon' may have been found

Astronomers have announced the possible discovery of the first known moon outside our Solar System.

Posted on 3 October 2018 | 8:31 pm


Four women who changed the face of physics

Four pioneering women who changed the face of physics from the 1800s to the present day.

Posted on 3 October 2018 | 11:10 am


Hayabusa 2: German-led lander drops to asteroid's surface

Japan's space agency (Jaxa) successfully despatches a German-led lander to the surface of an asteroid.

Posted on 3 October 2018 | 6:51 am


Protein research takes Chemistry Nobel

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for their discoveries in enzyme research.

Posted on 3 October 2018 | 5:58 am


'Reasons to be hopeful' on 1.5C global temperature target

IPCC scientist says there are some positive signs about our ability to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5C

Posted on 3 October 2018 | 3:13 am


First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to a woman for only the third time since the award began.

Posted on 2 October 2018 | 10:50 am


Tsunami puzzle

Researchers are trying to establish why Friday's quake generated such big waves.

Posted on 1 October 2018 | 11:11 am


Home remedies 'no deterrent' against slugs and snails

Traditional remedies used by gardeners to deter slugs and snails appear to have no scientific merit.

Posted on 27 September 2018 | 4:23 pm


Dire outlook

Chemical pollution threatens the long-term viability of the most exposed orca groups.

Posted on 27 September 2018 | 2:00 pm


The Route of Parks

It connects 17 national parks and runs for 2,800km (1,740 miles) through sparsely populated land.

Posted on 27 September 2018 | 4:47 am


Tall invaders

The profile of Arctic shrubs and grasses is changing as temperatures rise in the far north.

Posted on 26 September 2018 | 7:40 pm


Reality Check

An estimated 100 people have died in floods. Why does it keep happening?

Posted on 26 September 2018 | 7:26 pm


Going global

China's Beidou is being used in everything from ploughing to precision missiles, but can it go global?

Posted on 20 September 2018 | 5:56 pm


'They dammed everything'

Hundreds of hydropower projects threaten to harm Bosnia's rivers, protesters say.

Posted on 10 September 2018 | 5:11 pm


Life finder

It's come close to cancellation several times, but could the successor to the Hubble telescope make the greatest ever discovery?

Posted on 7 September 2018 | 5:42 pm


'Farming the desert'

The nation is united behind drought-hit farmers, but some query the merits of "special treatment".

Posted on 4 September 2018 | 11:34 am


Life of a shark scientist

Marine biologist Melissa Marquez shares a dive on the Great Barrier Reef, and tips for swimming with sharks.

Posted on 4 September 2018 | 10:17 am


Ice and fire

Yes, Antarctica has (and needs) a fire department. Megan Branson spent three seasons there as a fire-fighter/paramedic.

Posted on 24 August 2018 | 1:45 pm


Unlikely survival

A reef near a polluted port raises hopes for the conservation of other endangered coral.

Posted on 19 August 2018 | 7:12 pm


Martian timesheet

Living on Mars time, landing nightmares and sometimes spreadsheets... a day in the life of a Nasa engineer.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 2:41 pm


Floating farm

An offshore dairy farm aims to help Rotterdam produce its own food more sustainably.

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 7:20 pm


It'll be toasty

When the Bloodhound supersonic car attempts to break the land speed record, managing heat around the vehicle is going to be important.

Posted on 6 August 2018 | 8:25 am


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