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Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years

The Atlantic system that warms the UK is slowing down but this may cause even more heating.

Baby snake 'frozen in time' gives insight into lost world

The fossil of a prehistoric snake that lived alongside the dinosaurs has been found entombed in amber.

Two halves of Attenborough polar ship joined together

Engineers at Cammell Laird shipyard add the top six decks to the hull of the UK's new polar ship.

Theresa May announces new environment bill

PM commits to laws that will ensure environmental protection improves - but not everyone is convinced.

Are young people going cool on cars?

More and more young people are living without the car. Will the government change its road-building plans?

Ecuador's colonial past 'written in soil'

The impact of European settlers on the country is preserved in a detailed soil record, researchers have found.

Welcome to the Meghalayan Age - a new phase in history

Geologists classify the last 4,200 years as being a distinct age in the story of our planet.

The real cabbage soup diet: What Britons ate down the ages

Ancient Britons were eating dairy, peas, cabbage and oats, according to gunk trapped in their teeth.

The new sharks coming to UK waters

Research suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm.

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

The lightweight Zephyr aircraft could be used in communications and remote sensing.

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

The UK Space Agency backs Scotland's north coast as the place to launch satellites to orbit.

Arundel road scheme 'could harm ancient woodland'

Road builders planning a bypass in Sussex have been urged to find a way that doesn't cause damage to ancient woodland.

Nation's botanical treasures to go on display

From Darwin's potato to the man who saved the daffodil. Pictures tell the story of the nation's plants.

Sir David Attenborough launches 'Boaty' polar ship

The hull of the ship, which the public wanted to call Boaty McBoatface, is launched into the Mersey.

Horse sense: Happiest equines love to snort, says study

Snorting in horses is linked to a 'positive internal state', say scientists, and could improve animal welfare.

Iceman's last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

Mountain goat, red deer, cereal grains and a toxic fern: What our ancestors ate 5,000 years ago.

Whale killing: Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whale

Campaigners say that what appears to be a rare blue whale has been killed by Icelandic whalers.

Source of cosmic 'ghost' particle revealed

Researchers believe a galactic "monster" is a source of cosmic neutrinos detected on Earth.

Prehistoric bake-off: Scientists discover oldest evidence of bread

Charred crumbs found in the Jordanian desert show that bread-making dates back 14,000 years.

Brexit 'could damage UK environment'

MPs demand legislation to ensure the government delivers on post-Brexit air pollution promises

Survey: Half of young people want electric cars

Young drivers increasingly want to buy electric cars - but myths are still deterring older drivers, survey shows.

Killing rats could save coral reefs

Threatened reefs can be protected by eradicating destructive rats on tropical islands, scientists say.

Earliest evidence of humans outside Africa

Scientists say they've probably found the earliest evidence of a human presence outside Africa.

'We can build a real time machine'

Travelling in time might sound like fantasy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Heatwave uncovers submerged history

Weeks of dry weather cause water levels at Spelga Dam to drop, exposing a hidden history.

Ancient bones reveal forgotten history of whales

Old whale bones suggest the origins of whale hunting may go back to the days of the Roman Empire.

On board the flying lab testing UK wildfire smoke

Victoria Gill joins scientists trying to find out how wildfires affect the air we breathe.

Major sewage pollution incidents increase

Rivers overall are getting cleaner, but water firms still need to do better, the Environment Agency says.

'Sir David Attenborough' ready for big splash

The UK's new £200m polar research ship is on the slipway ready to go in the River Mersey.

Israeli space probe to land on Moon in 2019

It will be the first privately-funded space probe to land on the lunar surface.

Krill companies limit Antarctic fishing

The overwhelming majority of krill companies are to stop fishing in vast areas of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

A banned chemical used to make household insulation is implicated in damage to the ozone layer.

Antarctic seabed site gets protection after reporter's submarine trip

Video of a seabed filmed by a BBC journalist has helped the area get special protection.

Does Wales hold the key for saving the puffin from extinction?

While the bird is dying out in parts of Europe, the population on one Welsh island is thriving.

The UK's history in space

The UK is set to get its first space port in Sutherland, Scotland. But it already has a long history in space.

Attenborough launches 'Boaty McBoatface' polar ship

Sir David Attenborough has launched the hull of the UK's newest polar ship, which is named after him.

Longleat prepares for arrival vulnerable Southern Koalas

It's hoped a breeding programme will help maintain numbers of the vulnerable species.

Sir David Attenborough polar ship: Here's an inside peek

There's even space for a coffee shop, sauna and gym on the £200m vessel.

Fossil of 'first giant' dinosaur discovered in Argentina

Discovery of "first giant" shows how and when dinosaurs grew to such massive proportions.

Legal EU ivory sales 'condemn elephants'

Campaigners find many legally sold antique ivory trinkets in Europe come from recently killed elephants.

Meet the nuns helping save a sacred species from extinction

The axolotl - a salamander unique to Mexico - has almost been wiped out by pollution and over-fishing.

Curious camera

A new exhibition reappraises the work of Harry Burton, who photographed the decade-long Tutankhamun excavation.

Nowhere to hide

Europe's Sentinel satellite tasked with tracking dirty air maps the major emissions of sulphur dioxide.

Exomoons: On the hunt for distant worlds

Distant moons may be the most plentiful habitats in the galaxy

Science to chew on

Scientists fail to find a koala cuteness gene but DNA may lead to a vaccine for chlamydia in the iconic marsupial.

Wood Wide Web

Plants share resources using an underground network called the "Wood Wide Web".

Ocean crowd

Turning the 4,000 live-aboard yachts around the world into a research fleet.

Reality Check

It's often said that butterflies are dying out in the UK, but do the statistics back this up?

Deeply dippy

Dippy the diplodocus is proving a huge draw on its UK-wide tour. Why are some people so fascinated with dinosaurs?

Hot air

As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet?

Big cat spat

The US has more captive tigers than the rest of the world has wild ones. Why?

Human planet

Scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin believe humans are not on an inevitable course to self-destruction.

Top hat

With the first 500mph runs now pushed back to mid-2019, there is more time to prepare the world's first supersonic car.

Margaret Atwood

Speaking at a climate change conference in London, author Margaret Atwood supported a ban on single use plastic.

Shunning Britain

British farmers say they are facing a shortage of workers to pick fruit and vegetables as recruitment companies say they can't find enough to fill vacancies.


Read the experiences of the four surviving astronauts to have set foot on the lunar surface.

Global problem

National Geographic magazine has published some startling images of the global plastic pollution scourge.

Seeds of hope

The gardens giving hope and a sense of belonging to Syrian refugees in Iraq.

Fatal confusion

Drivers may be confusing autonomous cars with driver assistance technology, with sometimes fatal consequences.

Pump it down

A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.

Building back up

After last years first test runs, the Bloodhound supersonic car is being rebuilt ready to go faster still.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures

The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes

Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

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