Archive for February 8th, 2018:

Hedgehog numbers ‘down by half’, warn wildlife groups

Image copyright PA Image caption Hedgehogs live in hedgerows and gardens Hedgehogs are continuing to decline in the UK, according to a new report. Surveys by citizen scientists show hedgehog numbers have fallen by about 50% since the turn of the century. Conservation groups say they are particularly concerned about the plight of the prickly

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UK ‘could adopt’ Norway bottle recycling system

Media captionHow Norway’s bottle recycling scheme works A Scandinavian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is thought likely to be adopted in the UK. Advisers to government say the schemes have massively reduced plastic litter in the environment and seas. And a ministerial delegation has been to Norway to see if the UK should copy an

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Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

Media captionDNA shows early Brit had dark skin A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes. Researchers from London’s Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, which was discovered in 1903. University College London researchers then used the subsequent

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