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El Nino’s long reach to Antarctic ice

El Nino’s long reach to Antarctic ice

Image copyright NASA Image caption The Getz Ice Shelf in West Antarctica feels the linkage strongly Antarctica may be thousands of kilometres from the central Pacific but events there can have a significant effect on the White Continent’s ice. Scientists have shown how ice shelves – the floating fronts of marine-terminating glaciers – respond to […]

Northern Forest: Plan to plant ‘ribbon of woodland’ across England

Northern Forest: Plan to plant ‘ribbon of woodland’ across England

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to create a new Northern Forest stretching from Liverpool to Hull have been kick-started by the government. It is providing £5.7m to increase tree cover along a belt spanning Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. The project will cost £500m over 25 years. The balance of the funds will need to be […]

Cardiff University scientists’ drugs test breakthrough

Cardiff University scientists’ drugs test breakthrough

Media captionDr Niek Buurma explains what the research has achieved Scientists in Wales have helped develop a technique to streamline production of new drugs to detect if they could become ineffective or even harmful. Researchers can now spot if molecules could be unable to bind to proteins or enzymes in the body as intended. Compounds […]

Coral reefs head for ‘knock-out punch’

Coral reefs head for ‘knock-out punch’

Image copyright Andreas Dietzel Image caption A diver surveys bleached/dead corals on Zenith Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Repeat bouts of warmer seawater are posing a significant challenge to the world’s tropical corals. A study of 100 reefs, published in Science Magazine, shows the interval between bleaching events in recent decades has shortened […]

Alaskan infant’s DNA tells story of ‘first Americans’

Alaskan infant’s DNA tells story of ‘first Americans’

Image copyright Ben Potter Image caption Excavations at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in Alaska The 11,500-year-old remains of an infant girl from Alaska have shed new light on the peopling of the Americas. Genetic analysis of the child, allied to other data, indicates she belonged to a previously unknown, ancient group. Scientists say […]

Fire reductions ‘make methane numbers add up’

Fire reductions ‘make methane numbers add up’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Fires globally are in sharp decline Scientists think they can now better explain the recent surge in methane levels seen in the Earth’s atmosphere. Although only a trace component in the air, CH4 is a greenhouse gas and has been rising rapidly since about 2006. Tropical wetlands and fossil fuels […]

UK faces build-up of plastic waste

UK faces build-up of plastic waste

Media captionA new ban on most foreign waste in China could impact recycling in the UK. The UK’s recycling industry says it doesn’t know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste. Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, but now the […]

AI early diagnosis could save heart and cancer patients

AI early diagnosis could save heart and cancer patients

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Sir John Bell believes that artificial intelligence can save the NHS Researchers at an Oxford hospital have developed artificial intelligence (AI) that can diagnose scans for heart disease and lung cancer. The systems will save billions of pounds by enabling the diseases to be picked up much earlier. The […]

A science news preview of 2018

From next steps in the commercial space revolution to a rocket-powered supercar, there’s much to look forward to in 2018. BBC News looks ahead to some of the biggest science and environment stories coming this year. World in motion Image copyright Akihiro Ikeshita / Jaxa Image caption Japan’s Hayabusa 2 will follow in the footsteps […]

The best science long reads of 2017 (part two)

From investigating the songbird trade in South-East Asia to hanging out with a man who keeps some very poisonous company, here’s a second festive selection of the best science and environment long reads this year. You can read part one here. Sold for a song. By Victoria Gill Lush green blankets of vegetation drape over […]