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UK climate emergency: What does it mean for how we live?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Making homes more energy efficient is on the climate emergency “to do” list The Welsh and UK governments have declared a climate emergency but what could that mean in practical terms? Wales, like most industrialised economies, has been highly dependent on fossil fuels and reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050 […]

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European Space Agency probe to intercept a comet

Image copyright SPLImage caption Artwork: There may be little warning of a very distant visitor The European Space Agency is to launch another mission to a comet. After the hugely successful Rosetta encounter with the icy dirt-ball known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, officials have now selected a new venture that will launch in 2028. It’s […]

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Spy satellites reveal extent of Himalayan glacier loss

Image copyright NRO/USGSImage caption The Hexagon images were declassified in 2011 and digitised for scientific study Images from Cold War spy satellites have revealed the dramatic extent of ice loss in the Himalayan glaciers. Scientists compared photographs taken by a US reconnaissance programme with recent spacecraft observations and found that melting in the region has […]

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‘Boaty McBoatface’ maps deep ocean water

Image copyright P.Abrahamsen/BASImage caption The expedition was the new sub’s first major scientific outing Intrepid submarine Boaty McBoatface has made its first significant discovery, say UK scientists. The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has built a 3D map of deep ocean waters as they move away from Antarctica. Researchers previously had limited data to show these […]

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Atlantic Ocean ‘running out of breath’

Image copyright Sid FrisbyImage caption A remotely-operated underwater vehicle is used to gather footage of the coral mounds of the Mingulay reef off the west coast of Scotland A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet’s […]

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Ministers reject fast fashion impact advice

Image copyright Getty Images A catalogue of proposals to force the fashion industry to clean up its act has been rejected by the UK government. MPs want ministers to end the era of throwaway clothes and poor working conditions. They made 18 recommendations covering environmental and labour market practices but none were accepted. Not only […]

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Inside Heathrow’s high-tech baggage system

Heathrow’s luggage system can handle 180,000 items per day but it’s already straining at the seams. It’s just one of the parts of the airport which will need an upgrade once the third runway is complete. Tom Burridge takes a look inside. Filmed and edited by Neil Drake. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48667833

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Experts cast doubt over Highlands spaceport plan

Image copyright HIEImage caption An artist’s impression of the spaceport Doubts have been cast on the suitability of the site vying to be the location for the UK’s first major spaceport. Land on the A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been identified as a location for the launching of rockets carrying micro satellites. The move has […]

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Hedgehog sign warns drivers of small wildlife hazards

Image copyright Department for Transport New signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog are to appear on UK roads to warn motorists of potential hazards caused by the spiny creatures and other small wildlife. They will be placed in areas with large numbers of animals such as hedgehogs, otters, squirrels and badgers. Current signs focus […]