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Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to tackle sources of air pollution – such as wood-burning stoves – put too much responsibility on local councils, critics say. The government, as part of its clean air strategy, wants to clamp down on all sources of pollution, including coal-burning and ammonia from farms. Campaigners welcome the consultation, but […]

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Fatal confusion

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Walter Huang, 38, was killed in a crash while using Tesla’s Autopilot function The confusion between fully autonomous self-driving cars and those that simply offer driver assistance technologies is leading to deaths on the road. Who is to blame and what should be done about it? Self-driving cars already exist and […]

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China launch will prep for Moon landing

Image copyright AFPImage caption The satellite launched on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch centre China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a lunar rover mission planned for later in the year. The Queqiao spacecraft will establish a communications link between Earth and the landing mission, which looks set to launch […]

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‘Permanent’ interstellar visitor found

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption An illustration of a grey/white asteroid on a starfield An asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit may have come from outside our Solar System, according to a new study. Unlike ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar object which briefly visited the Solar System earlier this year, 2015 BZ509 (affectionately known as BZ) seems to […]

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Seeds of hope

Image copyright Marvin J Willis Viola Vale LtdImage caption Aveen Ismail in her garden “Syria is green,” says Aveen Ismail. “But here it was like a desert until we started growing plants and trees.” The 35-year-old fled Damascus with her family in 2012. She now lives in the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq, where roses, […]

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UK’s clean car goal ‘not ambitious enough’

Image copyright Getty Images The government’s ambition to clean up motor vehicles by 2040 is not ambitious enough, a leading energy expert says. Professor Jim Watson, head of the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre, said the target should be at least five years earlier, as in Scotland. The government is currently considering obliging new cars […]

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Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

Image copyright Simon J PierceImage caption Whale sharks are the largest living fish Large numbers of endangered whale sharks have been sighted in waters off Madagascar. The first major scientific survey in the area shows there are far more of the huge fish than previously thought. Eighty-five individuals were identified in a single season from […]