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media captionHow to rescue a stranded whale A total of 108 surviving pilot whales have been released back into the sea after a mass stranding in Australia, marine experts say. They believe Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast is now clear of live whales. But about 350 whales died in what is Australia’s worst stranding …

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Boris Johnson revealed his plan earlier this week After dangling the possibility of a mini-lockdown to break coronavirus’s chain of transmission, Boris Johnson has opted for a much softer strategy. The new Covid restrictions for England – which allow pubs and restaurants to remain open and households to continue …

By Kenneth MacdonaldBBC Scotland Science Correspondent image copyrightORCA hub image captionA new system allows users to ask robots questions and understand their actions in real time A team of researchers led from Edinburgh have unveiled a new system that allows humans and robots to speak the same language. The system is called MIRIAM – Multimodal …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Firefighting resources have been stretched to the limit by the scale and extent of the wildfires Climate change is driving the scale and impact of recent wildfires that have raged in California, say scientists. Their analysis finds an “unequivocal and pervasive” role for global heating in boosting the conditions …

Image copyright UN Image caption Mr Johnson said he wanted the UK to embrace several renewable technologies Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to make a “big bet” on renewables – turning the UK into the “Saudi Arabia” of wind power. Speaking via video link to a climate roundtable discussion at the UN in …

Image copyright SPL The rich benefit most from a de facto subsidy for home heating, a report says. The paper from the think tank Green Alliance makes the point that heating gas incurs VAT at only 5% instead of the usual 20%. Because the wealthy own the biggest houses, it says, they gain twice as …

Image copyright EHT Image caption Examining old data, the scientists can tell the bright region in the ring moves around When scientists presented the first ever picture of a black hole last year, it was hailed as an extraordinary breakthrough. Well, now they’ve released some additional imagery that was acquired in the years running up …

Image copyright EPA Image caption China’s President Xi Jinping addressing the UN via video link China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced. Mr Xi outlined the steps when speaking via videolink to the UN General Assembly in New York. The announcement is …

Image caption In the UK, wheat is the largest arable crop A plan to use all of England’s farm grants to protect the environment is being diluted, the BBC has learned. Currently, farmers get a guaranteed EU grant based on the amount of land they farm. Ministers said that after Brexit they must earn grants …

Image copyright Dan Crowley Image caption Maples are known by the scientific name, Acer One in five maple species are threatened in the wild, according to the first full assessment of extinction risks. Known for the vivid colour of their autumn leaves, the trees are popular in parks and gardens. But in their natural habitats, …