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The family-of-four living off grid

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Watkinson family live self sufficiently in Wales The government proposes reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050, under a new plan to tackle climate change. The Victoria Derbyshire programme met a family who live self sufficiently and provide a glimpse of the kind […]

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A bridge made of grass

Image copyright Jordi Busque Every year the last remaining Inca rope bridge still in use is cast down and a new one erected across the Apurimac river in the Cusco region of Peru. The Q’eswachaka bridge is woven by hand and has been in place for at least 600 years. Once part of the network […]

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‘Cryoegg’ to explore under Greenland Ice Sheet

Image copyright E.Bagshaw/Cardiff UniversityImage caption If Greenland were to lose all its ice, it would add 7m to global sea level UK scientists head to Greenland this week to trial new sensors that can be placed under its 2km-thick ice sheet. The instruments are designed to give researchers unique information on the way glaciers slide […]

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Plastic pollution: Bangor divers cleaning up the seabed

You might have heard of people doing a traditional beach clean up, but what about all the rubbish underwater? A group of divers from voluntary organisation Seasearch have started carrying special bags to allow them to collect littler from the seabed. Seasearch is primarily concerned with making a record of the wildlife and other characteristics […]

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Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

Image copyright Reuters The Pope has told oil company bosses that climate change threatens the future of the “human family”. The oil executives had been invited to the Vatican in Rome for an audience with the pontiff. Pope Francis said a radical energy transition is needed to save what he called “our common home”. The […]

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Greenpeace rig protest brought to an end

Image caption A helicopter arriving at the rig The occupation of an oil rig by Greenpeace protesters has been brought to an end. The environmental campaigners had first boarded the Transocean rig in the Cromarty Firth on Sunday evening. The rig, under contract to BP, had been due to leave from near Invergordon, heading for […]

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Scotland’s crannogs are older than Stonehenge

Image copyright Chris MurrayImage caption Neolithic pottery was previously found near crannogs in the Western Isles Archaeologists have discovered that some Scottish crannogs are thousands of years older than previously thought. Crannogs were fortified settlements constructed on artificial islands in lochs. It was thought they were first built in the Iron Age, a period that […]

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Chinese tombs yield earliest evidence of cannabis use

Image copyright Xinhua WuImage caption Researchers found the cannabis residues within wooden braziers Researchers have uncovered the earliest known evidence of cannabis use, from tombs in western China. The study suggests cannabis was being smoked at least 2,500 years ago, and that it may have been associated with ritual or religious activities. Traces of the […]