Archive for February, 2017:

‘Good vibration’ hand pumps boost Africa’s water security

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of people across Africa depend on hand pumps for their water supplies The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa. Growing demand for groundwater is putting pressure on the resource while researchers struggle to accurately

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New UN climate chief: ‘Action on warming unstoppable’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump’s attitude to climate change has drawn protests in many parts of the world The UN’s new climate chief admits says she’s worried about President Donald Trump – but confident that action to curb climate change is unstoppable. President Trump said he’d withdraw from the UN climate deal

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What future for E numbers after Brexit?

Image copyright Getty Images Thinking about E numbers might stir up images of hyperactive children guzzling fluorescent soft drinks. But have you ever wondered what the E stands for? Looking at this system of food additives can help illustrate some of the tough issues facing the British government as it prepares to leave the European

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Lemur facial recognition tool developed

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Being able to accurately track individual lemurs could help preserve the endangered mammals A team of researchers has developed a facial recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild with high levels of accuracy. The plan is to use the technology to help radically improve the way the

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Most wood energy schemes are a ‘disaster’ for climate change

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been rapid growth in the use of wood chips and pellets for generating electricity Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming. That’s according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral

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Plane flies along Antarctica’s giant Larsen crack

Media captionNew aerial video of the ice crack has been released by the British Antarctic Survey The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has released new footage of the ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg. The 175km-long fissure runs through the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. If

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‘Magical thinking’ on Heathrow expansion

Image copyright PA Heathrow expansion can only be justified if the government proves it will not breach laws on climate change and pollution, MPs say. Ministers say a third runway will not exceed environment limits. However, the Commons Environmental Audit Committee has accused the government of “magical thinking” – wishing the problem away without a

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Star’s seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Media captionAll seven planets are thought to have Earth-like characteristics (Photo credit: Nature) Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. The researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets. But only three are within the conventional “habitable”

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Plastic from tyres ‘major source’ of ocean pollution

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Tyres can give off plastic particles, that can end up in the ocean Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as “plastic soup”, conservationists warn. Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in

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Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail

Image copyright SD Biju Image caption The frogs sound more like insects than amphibians Four new frogs so tiny that they can sit on a thumbnail have been discovered in the forests of India. Among the smallest frogs in the world, they live on the forest floor and make insect-like calls at night. Three larger

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