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Scientists are warning that, across Siberia, vast swathes of ground – normally frozen all year round – are thawing – with potentially devastating consequences for the climate. As it thaws, the earth is believed to be releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gases, accentuating the problem of global warming. BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg has been …

Image copyright Getty Images All of the rivers, lakes and streams in England are polluted, says the Environment Agency. The figures reveal a complete lack of progress towards the target of 100% healthy waters by 2027. The most problematic pollutants are chemical sewage discharge, farming, and industrial chemicals. In 2016, when figures were last published, …

Image copyright Getty Images Carbon dioxide emissions from plug-in hybrid cars are as much as two-and-a-half times higher than official tests suggest, according to new research. Plug-in hybrid vehicles are powered by an electric motor using a battery that is recharged by being plugged in or via an on-board petrol or diesel engine. They account …

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 …