BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment

How ancestors of living birds survived asteroid strike
Survival depended on whether ancient 'birds' lived on the forest floor or in the branches, say scientists.
05/24/2018 04:48 PM
Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales
"Dismissive" dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric cars says a new study.
05/24/2018 07:58 AM
Brexit: UK wants £1bn back from EU if it is excluded from Galileo
The UK steps up its war of words with the EU over being shut out of new satellite navigation system.
05/24/2018 05:39 PM
Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency
Enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day, the report says.
05/23/2018 01:05 PM
Grace mission launches to weigh Earth's water
The joint US-German Grace satellites go into orbit to monitor Earth's most important resource.
05/22/2018 08:17 PM
Farne Island puffin population drop sparks concern
Initial findings in the National Trust's five-yearly survey suggest an overall decline of 12%.
05/24/2018 11:29 AM
Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly
A genetic study reveals the secrets of how malaria evolved to be a killer of humans.
05/22/2018 12:20 AM
Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners
Critics of the government proposals say they put too much responsibility on local councils.
05/22/2018 08:44 AM
'Living fossil' giant salamander heading for extinction
The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with probably only a handful left in the wild.
05/22/2018 12:21 AM
'Rare' birth of live reindeer twins in Cairngorms
Previously twins born in the herd in the Cairngorms have been stillborn or died shortly after birth.
05/22/2018 01:12 PM
Ebola outbreak: Experimental vaccinations begin in DR Congo
Some 4,000 vaccines are being used to try to stop an outbreak that has killed at least 26 people.
05/21/2018 02:05 PM
PM will pay to have 'full association' with EU research
The Prime Minister makes the strongest commitment yet to "fully associate" the UK with the EU's £68bn research programme post-Brexit.
05/21/2018 03:55 PM
'Permanent' interstellar visitor found
An asteroid from beyond our Solar System has been orbiting near Jupiter for billions of years, scientists say.
05/21/2018 12:11 PM
China launch will prep for Moon landing
China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a Moon rover mission planned for later in the year.
05/21/2018 01:12 PM
Seeds of hope: The gardens springing up in refugee camps
The gardens giving hope and a sense of belonging to Syrian refugees in Iraq.
05/20/2018 11:27 PM
UK's clean car goal 'not ambitious enough'
An industry expert says petrol and diesel cars should be banned by 2030 or 2035, not 2040.
05/20/2018 11:07 PM
'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas
One third of the world's protected lands are being degraded by human activities, says a new study.
05/17/2018 06:12 PM
Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot
The endangered whale shark has been hiding in plain sight off Madagascar, say scientists.
05/17/2018 04:42 PM
Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars
The very first stars to shine in the Universe left a tell-tale trace in a far-distant galaxy.
05/17/2018 09:58 AM
How physics gender gap starts in the classroom
Some progress has been made in encouraging girls to study A-level physics, but not enough, says report.
05/17/2018 12:28 AM
UK referred to Europe's top court over air pollution
Britain is being taken to the European Court of Justice over persistent breaches of pollution limits.
05/17/2018 11:14 AM
Fracking planning laws should be relaxed say ministers
Critics say it will be as easy to get the go-ahead to do a test drill as it is for a home conservatory.
05/17/2018 04:11 PM
Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban
Three insecticides blamed for bee colony collapses will be restricted to greenhouses.
05/17/2018 09:52 AM
Mysterious rise in emissions of ozone-damaging chemical
Researchers discover an unexplained rise in a compound that is highly destructive to the ozone layer.
05/16/2018 06:38 PM
1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas
More than 1,600 IT specialists and engineers offered jobs in the UK were denied visas between last December and March, BBC News has learned.
05/16/2018 04:59 AM
Hawaiian volcano: What are vog and laze?
Making sense of the Hawaiian volcano with the help of volcanologist Evgenia Ilyinskaya.
05/22/2018 11:34 PM
This is why those lynx are shrieking
A pair of Canada lynx have been caught on camera "screaming" at each other.
05/22/2018 09:36 PM
A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers
A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers after being born to a mum whose pregnancy they thought had failed.
05/21/2018 12:58 PM
Kilauea: What happens when lava meets the sea
BBC correspondent Chris Buckler explains what happens when lava flow meets the sea.
05/21/2018 09:05 AM
Could illegal mines in Ghana lead to an increase in chocolate prices?
There's a warning that cocoa plantations in Ghana are being turned into illegal gold mines.
05/21/2018 08:30 AM
The 'day spa' for pregnant sharks
Visit the 'day spa' where pregnant dusky sharks treat themselves to a warm bath
05/20/2018 11:16 PM
Loch Ness Monster: DNA tests may offer new clue
DNA research team say sampling of Loch Ness could uncover evidence of new creatures.
05/23/2018 11:24 AM
'Memory transplant' achieved in snails
Memories are transferred from one snail to another in a laboratory.
05/14/2018 05:31 PM
Fatal confusion
Drivers may be confusing autonomous cars with driver assistance technology, with sometimes fatal consequences.
05/21/2018 11:05 PM
Pump it down
A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.
05/17/2018 11:14 PM
Building back up
After last years first test runs, the Bloodhound supersonic car is being rebuilt ready to go faster still.
05/15/2018 08:21 AM
Ebola's return
It is unrealistic to think Ebola will ever be eradicated, but it is now easier to prevent a crisis.
05/13/2018 11:42 PM
Planetary insights
Illustrator and planetary scientist James Tuttle Keane explains the significance of Nasa's new mission.
05/05/2018 11:10 AM
Sea giants do battle
As demand for natural gas continues to surge, huge extraction vessels are about to go into action.
05/07/2018 11:23 PM
'Soul destroying'
The eco-friendly hobbyists trying to stem the rising tide of plastic in the seas.
05/06/2018 12:40 AM
Solar sailing
How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have created an ingenious solution.
04/19/2018 11:14 PM
Poison project
Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.
04/19/2018 04:00 PM
Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures
The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.
03/14/2018 11:24 AM
Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes
Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.
03/14/2018 01:06 PM