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China claims breakthrough in mining ‘flammable ice’

China claims breakthrough in mining ‘flammable ice’

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Methane hydrate, or ‘flammable ice’, is a highly energy-intensive fuel source China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply. Chinese authorities have described the success as a major breakthrough. Methane hydrates, also called “flammable […]

UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Birds have long been a concern in relation to wind turbines but the expansion of green energy has increased the urgency The global boom in renewable energy is posing new threats to birds say experts. At the UN climate conference in Bonn, researchers said wind turbines and power lines […]

Trump ‘can’t escape climate change’ impacts says Fiji PM

Trump ‘can’t escape climate change’ impacts says Fiji PM

Image caption Fiji’s Prime Minister outlined his vision for future climate talks at this meeting in Bonn Fiji’s Prime Minister has issued a coded warning to Donald Trump about the dangers of climate change. The US leader is due to decide on future US participation in the Paris climate agreement after next week’s G7 meeting […]

Nasa seeks experiment ideas for Europa lander

Nasa seeks experiment ideas for Europa lander

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute Image caption Europa holds a vast, salty ocean beneath its fractured ice shell Nasa is seeking the best ideas for experiments to fly on a mission that will land on Jupiter’s moon Europa. The jovian satellite has a deep subsurface ocean beneath its ice crust and is considered one of the […]

Paris climate deal is ‘lifeline’ for world’s poorest countries

Paris climate deal is ‘lifeline’ for world’s poorest countries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A drought in Guatemala that has drained this lake is being linked to climate change in the region The world’s poorest nations say the Paris climate agreement is their “lifeline” and must be strengthened. The Climate Vulnerable Forum, (CVF) representing 48 countries, said the deal was crucial to their […]

Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed

Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed

Image copyright Laura Jennings Image caption One of 22 new species of Eugenia and Myrcia – trees and shrubs from the coastal Atlantic Rainforest Almost 2,000 new species of plant have been discovered in the past year, according to a report by The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Many have potential as food crops, medicines […]

Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

Image copyright Getty Images / Ideo Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles are the “villains” of the recycling world, a trade body has said. The Recycling Association named them in a list of products that pose the biggest challenges for re-use. The greater the number of materials used in packaging, the harder it is for […]

Cities need ‘hedges as well as trees’ for environment

Cities need ‘hedges as well as trees’ for environment

Hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings, research has suggested. A paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment says tall trees are good at absorbing pollution in more open areas. But hedges can trap toxins at exhaust pipe level, so reduce people’s direct exposure to harmful pollutants. Lead author […]

Google DeepMind patient app legality questioned

Google DeepMind patient app legality questioned

Image copyright DeepMind Image caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day says the Royal Free hospital The head of the Department of Health’s National Data Guardian (NDG) has criticised the NHS for the deal it struck with Google’s DeepMind over sharing patient data. In a letter dated February and leaked to Sky […]

Cities need ‘hedges rather than trees’ for environment

Cities need ‘hedges rather than trees’ for environment

Image copyright PA Image caption Air pollution over London’s Docklands area Hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings, research has suggested. A paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment says tall trees are good at absorbing pollution in more open areas. But hedges can trap toxins at exhaust pipe […]

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