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Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some MPs are concerned Brexit poses a risk to UK wildlife and habitats A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would hold the powerful to […]

Scale of ‘nitrate timebomb’ revealed

Scale of ‘nitrate timebomb’ revealed

Image copyright BGS Image caption The team estimated the nitrate pollution stored in rocks above groundwater Huge quantities of nitrate chemicals from farm fertilisers are polluting the rocks beneath our feet, a study says. Researchers at the British Geological Survey say it could have severe global-scale consequences for rivers, water supplies, human health and the […]

Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Image caption Venus seen crossing the sun. Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky before dawn on Monday. The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star. In the UK, the best viewing time […]

Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

Image copyright NCAS Image caption The station is temporary and will be taken down in December Live weather data is being recorded again at the top of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, after a 113-year gap. Researchers have installed an automatic meteorological station that digitally collects information on temperatures, wind speeds and rainfall levels. […]

‘Zombie’ star survived going supernova

‘Zombie’ star survived going supernova

Image copyright SPL Image caption Artwork: The “zombie” star kept erupting for nearly two years It’s the astronomical equivalent of a horror film adversary: a star that just wouldn’t stay dead. When most stars go supernova, they die in a single blast, but astronomers have found a star that survived not one, but five separate […]

UK ‘will support’ neonicotinoid pesticide ban

UK ‘will support’ neonicotinoid pesticide ban

Image copyright AFP An extended ban on controversial neonicotinoid pesticides will be supported by the UK, Environment Secretary Michael Gove says. The UK has previously resisted tighter restrictions on the pesticides, saying there was insufficient evidence. Mr Gove says that’s no longer the case. Environmentalists have long said neonicotinoids are harming pollinators. But the UK […]

Sheep ‘can recognise human faces’

Sheep ‘can recognise human faces’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Ewe look familiar: sheep have a human-like ability to recognise faces Sheep have demonstrated the ability to recognise familiar human faces, according to a study. Cambridge University researchers were able to train sheep to identify the faces of actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Emma Watson, former US President Barack Obama and […]

Endangered apes saved from pet trade

Endangered apes saved from pet trade

Media captionThe arrival of the new baby gibbon provides hope for the future of this endangered species Conservationists are celebrating the arrival of a baby Javan gibbon – the first of this species to be born in the wild to parents that were rescued from the pet trade. Conservation International says the birth is a […]

2017 ‘very likely’ in top three warmest years on record

2017 ‘very likely’ in top three warmest years on record

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Globally, temperatures in 2017 look set to be the third highest on record The year 2017 is “very likely” to be in the top three warmest years on record, according to provisional figures from the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO says it will likely be the hottest year in […]

Relocated squirrels moving to new areas, says charity

Relocated squirrels moving to new areas, says charity

Image copyright Peter Cairns Red squirrels relocated to woodlands in the north west Highlands are “flourishing and breeding”, according to a conservation charity. More than 80 squirrels were trapped in other parts of the Highlands in phases of the project led by Findhorn-based Trees for Life. The animals were released in areas that had no […]