BBC News - Science & Environment

BBC News - Science & Environment

'Boring' research reveals what lies beneath Glasgow

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:51:58 GMT

Renewable energy study looks into the secrets of the rocks on which the city's east end stands.

Google says its carbon footprint is now zero

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:37:35 GMT

The technology giant has also pledged to be using only carbon-free energy by 2030.

Experts call for new era for wildlife in UK

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 02:35:09 GMT

Conservation experts urge the prime minister to take a lead on reversing the decline in nature.

Brian Cox and Adele's producer Paul Epworth discuss music and the cosmos

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 23:35:09 GMT

How do physics and space travel inspire musicians? Award-winning producer Paul Epworth finds out.

Climate change: Warmth shatters section of Greenland ice shelf

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 01:29:48 GMT

A big chunk of ice breaks away from the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf - 79N, or Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden.

Siberia landscape scarred by climate change

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:14:41 GMT

Scientists are warning about the consequences of vast swathes of ground thawing in Siberia.

Is there life floating in the clouds of Venus?

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:06:55 GMT

Telescope observations spy a gas high in the atmosphere of Venus that on Earth is made by microbes.

Plastic pollution: Washed clothing's synthetic mountain of 'fluff'

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 18:00:06 GMT

Scientists calculate how many tiny fibres our polyester and nylon garments lose in the wash.

'Total failure' on English river water quality

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:07:36 GMT

Pollutants still blight all of England's rivers, lakes and streams, the Environment Agency says.

Alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:02:25 GMT

The 2020 Ig Nobel prizes honour crocodilian vocalisations, narcissistic eyebrows and vibrating worms.

Why forest fires in Siberia, Russia threaten us all

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:43:48 GMT

Scientists say wildfires in Siberia, Russia, have been releasing record amounts of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming.

Extinction: Urgent change needed to save species, says UN

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:15:05 GMT

Humanity is at a crossroads and action is needed to slow nature's accelerating decline, says the UN.

Climate change: Earthquake 'hack' reveals scale of ocean warming

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:14:28 GMT

Using sound waves from underwater earthquakes, researchers can more accurately measure sea temperatures.

Ship with no crew to sail across the Atlantic

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:03:21 GMT

A full-size, crewless research ship is to make one of the world's first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

Bear from Ice Age found 'completely preserved' in Russian Arctic

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:04:50 GMT

The ancient bear, unearthed by reindeer herders, has been hailed as a find of "great importance".

China claims 'important breakthrough' in space mission shrouded in mystery

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:03:23 GMT

Very little is known about the Chinese vehicle that has been compared to the US's X-37 space plane.

Wildlife in 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction, scientists warn

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 01:18:25 GMT

Conservation group WWF says global wildlife populations have shrunk by two-thirds since 1970.

Plug-in hybrids are a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:48:01 GMT

Although marketed as a green option, the cars cause more polluting than is claimed, campaigners say.

California and Oregon 2020 wildfires in maps, graphics and images

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:06:40 GMT

A visual guide to the wildfires ravaging California, Oregon and other western states.

UK Space Agency funds tech for orbital awareness

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 23:33:27 GMT

Grants will promote ideas to detect, characterise and track the millions of objects moving overhead.

What maths is involved in stirring a cup of tea?

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:05:03 GMT

A professor has won 2.3m for applying complex maths to simple situations - like stirring tea.

Spider-like toxins found in Australia's stinging trees

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:06:49 GMT

A team of scientists say this explains why those stung feel intense pain lasting for days or even weeks.