Archive for August, 2017:

Climate crusader Gore takes up arms again

Image copyright PARAMOUNT/An Inconvenient Sequel Image caption Al Gore delivers pictures of a rapidly melting Arctic Climate crusader Al Gore is coming to a screen near you. The former US vice president is in the UK to launch his latest eco-movie, An Inconvenient Sequel. It’s passionate, dramatic and controversial. And he’s hoping it will persuade

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Solar eclipse: Watch it happen

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Invasive rhododendrons damage woodland environment

Rhododendrons can do serious long-term environmental damage to woodlands, but are not poisoning the soil as previously suspected, a new study conducted by Aberdeen University and Scottish Natural Heritage has concluded. Dr Ruth Mitchell, plant ecologist and co-author of the study, told Radio 4′s World at One Edward Stourton that woodlands have still not recovered

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Will fairy tale Białowieża forest survive Poland’s fight with the EU?

Primeval forest like Białowieża used to cover the European plain 10,000 years ago, and the Polish government is fighting an EU order to stop logging it. Video journalist: Charlotte Pamment Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41031299

Rare double waterspout caught on camera

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Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The reserve was created in 1984 by the then-military government Brazil’s government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining. The area, covering 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles), straddles the northern states of Amapa and Para, and is thought to

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What’s really the point of wasps?

Image copyright Getty Images A new citizen science survey aims to shed light on that fixture of summertime in the outdoors: the wasp. Though much maligned, these fascinating creatures perform a vital ecological role, say scientists. The only thing more certain to spoil an August Bank Holiday weekend BBQ than a sudden cloudburst? The arrival

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Scientists split over snow leopard status

Image copyright Snow Leopard Trust Image caption Some experts are critical of the threat to snow leopards being downgraded Scientists are deeply divided on whether snow leopards are still endangered species, a BBC investigation has found. Some big cat exerts say their population has stabilised and increased in a number of places. This, they claim,

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First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

Image copyright SOVCOMFLOT Image caption A combined ice breaker and LNG tanker has crossed the northern sea route A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a

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Secret life of the dodo revealed

Image copyright Julian Hume Image caption The dodo lived on the island of Mauritius until it died out about 350 years ago Scientists are piecing together clues about the life of the dodo, hundreds of years after the flightless bird was driven to extinction. Few scientific facts are known about the hapless bird, which was

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