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Image copyright SPL Image caption Polyester and nylon fibres: We began our collection of synthetic clothing in the 1950s When you add it up, the total amount of synthetic microfibres going into the wider environment as we wash our clothes is an astonishing number. US scientists estimate it to be 5.6 million tonnes since we …

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The hedgehog is deemed vulnerable to extinction in Britain Conservation experts are calling on the prime minister to commit to protecting nature. They say the past decade has seen far too little action, with England remaining one of the world’s most nature-depleted countries. The letter to Boris Johnson …

Image copyright JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK Image caption Many primates, including the endangered gold snub-nosed monkey, are in decline due to loss of habitat Humanity is at a crossroads and we have to take action now to make space for nature to recover and slow its “accelerating decline”. This is according to a …

Image copyright JonOatley Image caption The genetically modified goats are a “proof in principle”, say scientists Scientists have produced gene-edited animals they say could serve as “super dads” or “surrogate sires”. The pigs, goats, cattle and mice make sperm carrying the genetic material of donor animals. The researchers used a hi-tech gene editing tool to …

Image copyright Rocket Lab Image caption A picture of Earth taken from a Rocket Lab Photon. The craft will go to Venus in 2023 With astronomers detecting a potential signature of life in the clouds of Venus, there’s obviously going to be a big push to get some new space missions to the planet. We …

A big chunk of ice has broken away from the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf – 79N, or Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden – in north-east Greenland. The ejected section covers about 110 square km; satellite imagery shows it to have shattered into many small pieces. The loss is further evidence say scientists of the rapid climate changes taking …

Image copyright Catherine Gemmell MCS The government has been urged to do more to get people to switch from disposable masks to reusable coverings. The Liberal Democrats said single-use surgical masks caused “enormous” plastic waste and that environmentally friendly alternatives must be promoted. And the Green Party wants ministers to push the media to show …

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPaul Epworth and Brian Cox discuss zero-gravity and space exploration Paul Epworth is behind some of the biggest pop records of the last 20 years, from Adele’s Rolling in the Deep to Florence and the Machine’s Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). Along the way he’s worked with …

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Newsom spoke after surveying damage from one of the deadliest fire in California’s history The deadly wildfires sweeping through US West Coast states show that the debate around climate change is “over”, California Governor Gavin Newsom says. “Just come to the state of California. Observe it with your own …

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir David Attenborough met some of the few remaining gorillas in the Virunga Mountains at the time some 40 years ago Sir David Attenborough returns to our screens this weekend with a landmark new production. The tone of the programme is very different from his usual work. …