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Climate change: Government deal to boost offshore wind

[ad_1] Image copyright PA A deal confirmed between the UK government and the wind industry will ensure 30% of electricity comes from offshore wind by 2030.The move will help the UK towards an aim of securing almost all its power from low-carbon sources by 2030.It is the latest in a series of agreements with sectors of the economy that are likely to create jobs.But environmentalists are wondering where the other
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Climate change: Which airline is best for carbon emissions?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA wire EasyJet has come top of the league for airlines trying to cut carbon emissions to tackle climate change.A report suggests that by 2020 its emissions per passenger kilometre will be less than half that of some rivals.The firm's performance is partly down to its modern, efficient fleet and its push to fill every seat.Companies named as having the weakest plans to cut emissions are Air
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Northern white rhinos: could science save the sub-species?

[ad_1] The story of the northern white rhino grabbed global attention when the world’s last male, named Sudan, died in March 2018 - leaving just two females on the planet.Sudan’s death dimmed the hope of survival for the sub-species that has been at the brink of extinction.Any future for the northern white rhino now lies in the hands of pioneering scientists.Video journalist: Anthony Irungu [ad_2] Source link
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UK’s Halley Antarctic base in third winter shutdown

[ad_1] Image copyright LANDSAT/USGS/NASA The British Antarctic Survey has closed its Halley base for another winter.Staff departed the station, leaving about 80% of the experiments they'd normally conduct through the polar night operating on automatic.The closure is the result of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the stability of ice near Halley that is likely soon to break off into the sea.BAS believes the base is far enough away to be unaffected,
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Why are there UK wildfires in February?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Scorched Earth images of Marsden Moor - close to Saddleworth - look horribly familiar. In June 2018, a fire on moorland in that area took hold and burned for weeks; the army was called in, carbon-storing peatland and entire ecosystems were incinerated. But that was during a memorably hot, dry summer. We are now witnessing the strange spectacle of large winter wildfires. Separate, smaller fires broke
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Virgin Galactic: Scots-born pilot rockets into space

[ad_1] Virgin Galactic has pushed its Unity rocket plane faster and higher than it has ever been.Dave Mackay, from Helmsdale, Sutherland, becomes the first Scottish-born pilot to travel to space."It was thrilling yet smooth and nicely controlled throughout, with a view at the top, of the Earth from space, which exceeded all our expectations," he said after landing back at Mojave airport in California. [ad_2] Source link
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Great Barrier Reef: One million tonnes of sludge to be dumped

[ad_1] Image copyright EyesWideOpen/Getty Images Image caption The Great Barrier Reef in 2015 Australia plans to dump one million tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef.Despite strict laws on dumping waste, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) gave the go-ahead.A loophole was found - the laws don't apply to materials generated from port maintenance work.It comes one week after flood water from Queensland spread into the reef,
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Virgin’s Unity plane rockets skyward

[ad_1] Image copyright MarsScientific.com/Trumbull Studios Virgin Galactic has pushed its Unity rocket plane faster and higher than it's ever been.Chief pilot, Scotsman Dave Mackay, and co-pilot, American Mike Masucci, took the vehicle to almost 90km in altitude above California's Mojave Desert before gliding back down to Earth.The test flight edges Virgin that bit closer to its goal of introducing commercial passenger flights.More than 700 people are signed up for a
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How human food is changing wildlife

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Image caption Searching for a snack: 'Human food' can make up as much as 30% of a black bear's diet If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal.But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat more "human food", which is shifting their behaviour and biology. A study in the