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Environment prize goes to Flint water activist

Environment prize goes to Flint water activist

Image copyright Goldman Prize Image caption Lead levels in Ms Walters’ home were found to be seven times acceptable limits The founder of a citizens’ movement that helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is one of the recipients of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Nearly 100,000 residents of Flint were left without safe […]

Climate change: Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m for Paris deal

Climate change: Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5m for Paris deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Bloomberg says he hopes the US will rejoin the climate agreement Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he will pay $4.5m (£3.2m) to cover some of the lapsed US commitment to the Paris climate accord. He said he had a responsibility to help improve the environment because […]

Oxford Dodo was shot in head, scans find

Oxford Dodo was shot in head, scans find

Image copyright University of Warwick Image caption The remains of the bird were taken to the University of Warwick for analysis The Oxford Dodo – the world’s most famous example of the extinct bird – was shot in the head, research has found. Historians believed the flightless creature had been kept alive in a 17th […]

National Trust needs to be ‘radical’

National Trust needs to be ‘radical’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National Trust owns land in picturesque Borrowdale in the Lake District The National Trust needs to be more radical, the charity’s new director-general has told the BBC. Hilary McGrady said the organisation needed to reach out to people living in towns and cities. In her first interview since […]

Closing gender gap in physics ‘will take generations’

Closing gender gap in physics ‘will take generations’

Image copyright Getty Images Closing the gender gap in physics will take hundreds of years, given the current rate of progress. That’s the finding of research analysing the names of authors listed on millions of scientific papers. Physics, computer science, maths and chemistry had the fewest women, while nursing and midwifery had the most. Without […]

Last of the wild asses back from the brink

Last of the wild asses back from the brink

Image copyright ACBK Image caption Kulans live in pairs or small herds Wild asses are returning to the grasslands of Kazakhstan where they once roamed in large numbers. The equine animals, known as kulans, are native to the area but have been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal hunting and loss of habitat. […]

Planet-hunter launches from Florida

Planet-hunter launches from Florida

Image copyright NASA Image caption A clean getaway for Tess and its Falcon 9 launch rocket It’s lift-off for a new era in planet-hunting. The US space agency’s Tess satellite has launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission to find thousands of new worlds beyond our Solar System. The mission will survey a […]

Meteorite diamonds ‘came from lost planet’

Meteorite diamonds ‘came from lost planet’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Artwork: The diamond-bearing meteorites may have come from a proto-planet in the early Solar System A diamond-bearing space rock that exploded in Earth’s atmosphere in 2008 was part of a lost planet from the early Solar System, a study suggests. The parent “proto-planet” would have existed billions of years ago […]

Costa Coffee vows ‘cup recycling revolution’

Costa Coffee vows ‘cup recycling revolution’

Image copyright WHITBREAD The UK’s biggest coffee chain Costa Coffee has said it will recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020 in a “cup recycling revolution”. Under the scheme, 500 million coffee cups a year would be recycled, including some sold by rivals, it said. It will encourage waste collection firms to […]

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Image copyright David Jones Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment. The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a […]

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