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Spain alarmed by French bear’s attacks on sheep

Image copyright oncfsImage caption France released two Slovenian brown bears in the Pyrenees last October A female brown bear released in the French Pyrenees has killed eight sheep in Spain, prompting emergency talks between the two countries. Claverina is now roaming through the mountains of Navarre, having crossed from Béarn in south-western France. Spanish environmental […]

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Will India energy pledges lead to CO2 rise?

Image caption India’s CO2 emissions is predicted to roughly double by 2040 India’s major political parties competing in the ongoing general elections have pledged free electricity to farmers, ambitious infrastructure projects and rapid expansion of the manufacturing sector. What impact could this have on carbon emissions in India, already the world’s third largest CO2 producer? […]

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Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

Image copyright Mike Siva-JothyImage caption Up close, the mouthparts the bugs use to suck blood are clearly visible A study that began as an investigation into the “utterly bizarre” way in which bedbugs reproduce has revealed they have existed for far longer than humans. DNA samples from 30 species of bedbug revealed the insects had […]

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Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

Image copyright PAImage caption The decision on Heathrow expansion should be reviewed by Parliament, pressure group Plan B says Concerns over climate change might restrict the growth of flying in the UK, the government has admitted. The advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently said the UK’s planned increase in aviation would need to be […]

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How do you learn to drive on Mars?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEngineers test the rover design’s ability to cope with large obstacles in its path Time is of the essence. It’s now little more than a year until the Rosalind Franklin rover is sent to Mars. Engineers across Europe and Russia are busy assembling this scientific vehicle, and […]

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Israel probes Golan Heights mass vulture poisoning

Image copyright Israel Nature and Parks AuthorityImage caption Israeli officials say the deaths have devastated the vulture population Eight vultures on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – about half the birds’ population there – have been poisoned to death, Israeli officials say. The bodies of the griffon vultures were found on Friday morning, the Israel Nature […]

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Endangered kakapo parrot gets pioneering brain surgery

Image copyright David Wiltshire/Massey UniversityImage caption Kakapos – the world’s fattest species of parrot – are flightless and nocturnal Vets in New Zealand have performed life-saving brain surgery on a critically endangered kakapo parrot in a world-first procedure amid efforts to save the species. Surgeons adapted techniques used on humans and other mammals to operate […]

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Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Image copyright Reuters Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024. The reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers. It will feature a new rocket engine called BE-7 that can blast 10,000lb (4,535kg) […]

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Proposal to spend 25% of EU budget on climate change

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Schoolchildren have been protesting climate change inaction in recent months across Europe Eight European countries have called for an ambitious strategy to tackle climate change – and to spend a quarter of the entire EU budget on fighting it. The joint statement says the EU should have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions […]