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Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Studies suggest that the deaths of 1.6 million people a year in China are linked to air quality Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse. A new study suggests less dust means more solar […]

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Studies suggest that the deaths of 1.6 million people a year in China are linked to air quality Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse. A new study suggests less dust means more solar […]

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Studies suggest that the deaths of 1.6 million people a year in China are linked to air quality Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse. A new study suggests less dust means more solar […]

Arctic summit: Trump to make ‘right decision for the US’ on climate

Arctic summit: Trump to make ‘right decision for the US’ on climate

Media captionThe BBC’s James Cook explains why the Arctic Circle summit in Alaska matters The US will consider its interests first as it reviews its climate change policy, the secretary of state says. Rex Tillerson told a meeting of the eight Arctic nations in Alaska that the US would not rush to make a decision […]

Buddha’s birthplace faces serious air pollution threat

Buddha’s birthplace faces serious air pollution threat

Image caption Monks put on masks to protect themselves from pollution in Lumbini The historic site of Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal faces a serious threat from air pollution, scientists and officials have warned. Recent data collected from air quality monitoring stations in five places across the country show Lumbini is highly polluted. The warnings have […]

Identity of famous baby dinosaur fossil revealed

Identity of famous baby dinosaur fossil revealed

Image copyright Illustration by Zhao Chuang Image caption Reconstruction of the dinosaur incubating its eggs The fossil of a baby dinosaur discovered in China more than 25 years ago has formally been identified as a new species of feathered dinosaur. The hatchling, dubbed Baby Louie, was found within a nest of dinosaur eggs. Palaeontologists have […]

Climate talks cool on idea of accommodating the US

Climate talks cool on idea of accommodating the US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Reports suggest that Ivanka Trump will head a review of the US role in the Paris climate agreement Participants in UN climate talks have expressed reservations about making changes to the Paris climate agreement just to keep the US in the treaty. Speculation has increased that President Trump may […]

Rare ammonite ‘death drag’ fossil discovered

Rare ammonite ‘death drag’ fossil discovered

Image copyright University of Manchester Image caption Ammonites are prehistoric cephalopods, closely related to modern-day squid, cuttlefish and octopuses The “death drag” of a prehistoric “squid” – or ammonite – made 150-million-years-ago has been preserved as an incredible fossil. The animal’s shell made the 8.5m-long mark as it drifted along the seafloor after its death. […]

Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The increase in diesel cars in the UK has caused levels of NO2 to rise rapidly The government’s draft clean air plan has been dismissed as “toothless” and “weak” by critics. Under the proposals to tackle dirty air, some drivers of older cars could be paid to move to […]

Albatrosses counted from space

Albatrosses counted from space

Media captionPeter Fretwell: “We’re working on algorithms that will automatically count the birds” Scientists have started counting individual birds from space. They are using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of Northern Royal albatrosses. This endangered animal nests almost exclusively on some rocky sea-stacks close to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. The audit, […]