Category Archives: SCIENCE

Fossil fuel subsidies ‘are reckless’

The world is spending half a trillion dollars on fossil fuel subsidies every year, according to a new report. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) says rich countries are spending seven…

Farming key to closing emissions gap

Changing farming practices could play an important role in averting dangerous climate change says the UN. In their annual emissions report, they measure the difference between the pledges that countries have…

Coastal retreat plan to curb floods

A scheme to combat flooding by surrendering land to the sea will be completed on Monday on the south coast. The £28m “managed realignment” at Medmerry in West Sussex has…

Rare solar eclipse sweeps Atlantic

A rare solar eclipse allowing a view of the Sun that is totally or partially blocked by the Moon has taken place. It was first visible in the southern United…

Views sought on countryside future

People are being asked to offer their views on how the English countryside should look. The government has opened a consultationon the priorities for spending nearly £20bn of EU subsidies over…

India’s space-based ‘revolution’Mangalyaan

India is preparing to send a robotic spacecraft into orbit around Mars – a first for the country. The BBC’s Asia Business Reportspoke to K Radhakrishnan, chair of the Indian Space…

Trees help at-risk species keep cool

Forests with dense canopies create a microclimate that protects a variety of cold-adapted plant species from warming air temperatures, a study has shown. Researchers found plants that favoured cooler conditions…

Views sought on countryside future

People are being asked to offer their views on how the English countryside should look. The government has opened a consultationon the priorities for spending nearly £20bn of EU subsidies over…

UN climate chief’s tears over future

The head of the UN body tasked with delivering a global climate treaty broke down in tears at a meeting in London as she spoke about the impact of global…

Badger group disruption aids TB flow

Badgers with TB spread the infection more easily to other badgers and to cattle when social groups are disturbed, a new study confirms. Vaccination has the potential to reduce the…