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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 […]

A last refuge for Europe’s blighted killer whales

A last refuge for Europe’s blighted killer whales

Image caption The orcas come to the fjords around Kvaløya to feast on herring Europe’s killer whales wowed in the BBC’s Blue Planet II series but these animals face extinction. Chris Gibson travelled to the small Norwegian island of Kvaløya where the orcas retain a strong foothold. But for how much longer? It was one […]

New great ape species identified in Indonesia

New great ape species identified in Indonesia

Media captionA new orangutan species has been discovered – and it’s already in danger. Scientists who have been puzzling for years over the genetic “peculiarity” of a tiny population of orangutans in Sumatra have finally concluded that they are a new species to science. The apes in question were only reported to exist after an […]

The UK’s race to get its own nuclear inspectors

The UK’s race to get its own nuclear inspectors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hinkley Point in Somerset is to be the site of a new nuclear power station The government cannot guarantee Britain will have enough nuclear inspectors when it leaves the EU, MPs on the business committee were told. The Office of Nuclear Regulation has recruited four new safeguards inspectors but […]

Asteroid impact plunged dinosaurs into catastrophic ‘winter’

Asteroid impact plunged dinosaurs into catastrophic ‘winter’

Image copyright BARCROFT PRODUCTIONS/BBC Image caption Artwork: The impact hit with the energy equivalent to 10 billion Hiroshima bombs Scientists say they now have a much clearer picture of the climate catastrophe that followed the asteroid impact on Earth 66 million years ago. The event is blamed for the demise of three-quarters of plant and […]

Emissions gap remains ‘alarmingly high’ says UN

Emissions gap remains ‘alarmingly high’ says UN

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A rapid move to renewable energy is key to closing the emissions gap, says the UN In its annual review, the UN says the gap between carbon cutting plans and the reductions required to keep temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius is “alarmingly high”. Pledges made so far cover […]

UK’s Halley Antarctic base set for second closure

UK’s Halley Antarctic base set for second closure

Image copyright BAS Image caption Scientists had been keen to return to year-round operations The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will once again close its Halley station at the end of the coming Southern Hemisphere summer. The base sits on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf, which is currently being incised by two large developing cracks. BAS […]

A pint of view: What do farmers think about Brexit?

What do the farmers out in the field, in the dairy and in the milking parlour think about Brexit? No-one knows what’s around the corner for the dairy industry. Specific negotiations over a future trade deal haven’t even started. Some experts predict oblivion; others see opportunity. So let’s start with what we do know: the […]