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Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’

Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’

Image copyright Edgargo Latrubesse Image caption The Amazon basin is the largest and most complex river system in the world The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say. Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction. Researchers warn that […]

Juncker rejects US climate deal re-negotiation

Juncker rejects US climate deal re-negotiation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Green groups across Europe protested the US pullout from Paris Speaking to the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker categorically ruled out any re-negotiation of the Paris climate agreement. The European Commission President said: “We have spent 20 years negotiating”, and now was the time for implementation. US President Trump has […]

Ancient bird like ‘a kangaroo-sized flying turkey’

Ancient bird like ‘a kangaroo-sized flying turkey’

Image copyright E.Shute/FU/Kim.Benson/T.Rodd/A.Camens Image caption Artwork: Modern megapode bird (L), grey kangaroo (C) and a visualisation of Progura gallinacea It has been described as a “giant flying turkey” the size of a grey kangaroo by Australian scientists. It is actually an extinct species of megapode bird – an ancient cousin of the modern Malleefowl, which […]

‘Bottled nature’ helps ease dental pain

‘Bottled nature’ helps ease dental pain

Media captionCan going to the dentist really become a walk on the beach? Could sitting in the dentist’s chair really be as enjoyable as a walk on the beach? UK scientists found that putting patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment while being treated can reduce anxiety levels. The researchers said this “bottled nature” approach […]

The battle for nesting sites among the birds and the bees

The battle for nesting sites among the birds and the bees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The White-tailed bumblebee emerges early in the spring Competition for nesting sites could explain why some birds and bumblebees are declining faster than others. Research suggest animals that build their nests in early spring may win the fight for available habitat at the expense of late breeders. Conservation efforts […]

Dogs and wolves share sense of fair play

Dogs and wolves share sense of fair play

Image copyright Rooobert Bayer Image caption Dogs and wolves displayed a strong sense of inequity when their partners got better treats The sense of fair play is an important human trait, but new research suggests that it’s a key behaviour for dogs and wolves as well. In tests, if one animal was given a more […]

Asian nations make plastic oceans promise

Asian nations make plastic oceans promise

Image copyright Getty Images Nations responsible for much of the world’s ocean plastic pollution have promised to start cleaning up their act. At a UN oceans summit, delegates from China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines said they would work to keep plastics out of the seas. Some of the promises are not yet formalised and […]

Therapy could stop superbugs on farms

Therapy could stop superbugs on farms

Researchers at Leicester University have shown that it might be possible to develop an alternative to antibiotics for treating diseases in pigs. They have identified a range of viruses, called bacteriophages, that can be used to kill common pig infections. The aim is to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria emerging on farms that […]

Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time

Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time

Image copyright Getty Images Renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in the UK for the first time. National Grid reported that, on Wednesday lunchtime, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy. Add in nuclear, and by 2pm low carbon sources were producing […]

Study casts doubt on the idea of ‘big fluffy T. rex’

Study casts doubt on the idea of ‘big fluffy T. rex’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption T. rex was one of the largest terrestrial carnivores of all time Despite its ancestors having feathers, Tyrannosaurus rex most likely had scaly skin, according to fossil evidence. Researchers say the huge predator had scales much like modern reptiles rather than feathers or fluff. The dinosaur may have ditched […]