Archive for August 8th, 2017:

New grass snake identified in the UK

Image copyright Wolfgang Bohme/Senckenberg Research Institute Image caption The Natrix helvetica was originally thought to be a subspecies of the grass snake A new type of snake has been identified in the UK, bringing the total number of species to four. Scientists say the barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica, is actually a different species to

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Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chantek was being treated for progressive heart disease, Zoo Atlanta said An orangutan who was one of the first apes to learn sign language has died in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 39. Chantek lived with an anthropologist in Tennessee for about nine years and learned to clean his room, make and

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‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Image copyright JUNGFRAUJOCH Image caption The air monitoring station at Jungfraujoch, in Switzerland, has detected the Italian emissions for nine years Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming

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