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Branson’s Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space

Image copyright Virgin GalacticImage caption Virgin Galactic’s plane will be carried to a height of 12,000m before its rocket ignites The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic successfully rocketed to the edge of space and back. The firm’s SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at which […]

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Climate change is ‘shrinking winter’

Image copyright NASAImage caption Satellite images from 2002 (left) compared with 2017 (right) highlight the decreasing snowpack Snowy mountain winters are being “squeezed” by climate change, according to scientists in California. Researchers who studied the winter snowfall in the mountains there revealed that rising temperatures are reducing the period during which snow is on the […]

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Climate change: Protecting the poor from green taxes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Macron says he is ‘partly responsible’ for the ‘insufficient response’ to the yellow vest protests As President Macron caved into the yellow vest fuel tax protests, President Trump was triumphant. The French humiliation showed people rejected the sort of carbon taxes supported by the UN’s climate […]

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East Antarctica’s glaciers are stirring

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCatherine Walker: “East Antarctica has generally been regarded as boring to scientists looking for change” Nasa says it has detected the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of glaciers in East Antarctica. The region has long been considered stable and unaffected by some of the […]

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‘Surprise’ Palu tsunami clue found on seafloor

Image copyright Georgia Institute of TechnologyImage caption The tsunami came ashore within three minutes of the quake Scientists are getting closer to understanding the tsunami that struck Palu in Indonesia in September. Damaging waves rushed ashore after a Magnitude 7.8 quake, but researchers said at the time that they were surprised by their size. Now, […]