Archive for February, 2018:

Government loses clean air court case

Image copyright PA Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution. The judge in the case said the government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas. He said ministers had to ensure that in each of the areas,

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Ancient Britons ‘replaced’ by newcomers

Image caption Beaker pottery starts to appear in Britain around 4,500 years ago The ancient population of Britain was almost completely replaced by newcomers about 4,500 years ago, a study shows. The findings mean modern Britons trace just a small fraction of their ancestry to the people who built Stonehenge. The astonishing result comes from

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Nigeria’s soil-free salad farm

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Antarctic iceberg expedition set to reveal hidden realm

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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Image copyright Paul Kenrick Image caption Early plants would have looked much like this lava field in Iceland A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to

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France to let wolf population grow despite farmers’ fears

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption After being wiped out by hunters in the 1930, wolves returned to France in the 1990s France is to allow the wolf population to grow from about 360 now to 500 by 2023, despite protests from farmers worried about their livestock. A new plan announced by the government represents

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France to let wolf population grow despite farmers’ fears

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption After being wiped out by hunters in the 1930, wolves returned to France in the 1990s France is to allow the wolf population to grow from about 360 now to 500 by 2023, despite protests from farmers worried about their livestock. A new plan announced by the government represents

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DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

Image copyright Brock Fenton Image caption A common vampire bat going out for its nocturnal hunt DNA analysis is giving clues to how the vampire bat can survive on blood alone. The bat can drink up to half its weight in blood a day unlike other relatives, which dine on fruit, nectar or insects. Blood

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DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

Image copyright Brock Fenton Image caption A common vampire bat going out for its nocturnal hunt DNA analysis is giving clues to how the vampire bat can survive on blood alone. The bat can drink up to half its weight in blood a day unlike other relatives, which dine on fruit, nectar or insects. Blood

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Ocean plastic tide ‘violates the law’

Image copyright BBC BLUE PLANET II Image caption The issue in the UK has fired to the top of the political agenda following the BBC’s Blue Planet II series The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say. They have been urging for a new global treaty to

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