Archive for December 1st, 2017:

Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs

Image copyright Alexander Kellner/Museu Nacional/UFRJ Image caption Pterosaur eggs had soft parchment-like shells The largest clutch of pterosaurs eggs ever discovered suggests that the extinct flying reptiles may have gathered together in vast colonies to lay their eggs. More than 200 eggs were discovered at one location in China. Little is known about how the

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‘Zero tolerance’ plan eyed for plastic pollution

A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea. At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there’s no international law against plastics

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New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

Image copyright Copernicus Sentinel data (2017) – KNMI/ESA Image caption Nitrogen dioxide is concentrated over cities and industrial areas It’s been working less than a month but already the UK-Dutch-built Sentinel-5P satellite is returning spectacular new views of Earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft was designed to make daily global maps of the gases and particles that

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