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Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The increase in diesel cars in the UK has caused levels of NO2 to rise rapidly The government’s draft clean air plan has been dismissed as “toothless” and “weak” by critics. Under the proposals to tackle dirty air, some drivers of older cars could be paid to move to […]

Albatrosses counted from space

Albatrosses counted from space

Media captionPeter Fretwell: “We’re working on algorithms that will automatically count the birds” Scientists have started counting individual birds from space. They are using the highest-resolution satellite images available to gauge the numbers of Northern Royal albatrosses. This endangered animal nests almost exclusively on some rocky sea-stacks close to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. The audit, […]

‘Shocking’ levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

‘Shocking’ levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

Media captionLulu was one of the most contaminated killer whales ever found (Image: John Bowler/RSPB Scotland) One of the UK’s last killer whales was contaminated with “shocking” levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing […]

Bumblebees: Pesticide ‘reduces queen egg development’

Bumblebees: Pesticide ‘reduces queen egg development’

Image copyright Royal Holloway University of London Image caption Bumblebees may come into contact with pesticides when foraging or nesting Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, a UK study suggests. The team, who looked at wild bumblebees caught in the English […]

Busy shipping lanes could cause ‘seal hearing loss’

Busy shipping lanes could cause ‘seal hearing loss’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Seals could suffer temporary hearing loss according to the research study Seals may experience hearing loss from underwater vessel noise, researchers at the University of St Andrews have said. The study compares seals inhabiting the UK’s busy shipping lanes to humans living in noisy cities. Lead author Esther […]

‘Shocking’ levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

‘Shocking’ levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

Media captionLulu the killer whale was possibly the most intoxicated whale on record One of the UK’s last killer whales was contaminated with “shocking” levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines. But tests […]

Bumblebees: Pesticide ‘reduces queen egg development’

Bumblebees: Pesticide ‘reduces queen egg development’

Image copyright Royal Holloway University of London Image caption Bumblebees may come into contact with pesticides when foraging or nesting Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, a UK study suggests. The team, who looked at wild bumblebees caught in the English […]

Busy shipping lanes could cause ‘seal hearing loss’

Busy shipping lanes could cause ‘seal hearing loss’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Seals could suffer temporary hearing loss according to the research study Seals may experience hearing loss from underwater vessel noise, researchers at the University of St Andrews have said. The study compares seals inhabiting the UK’s busy shipping lanes to humans living in noisy cities. Lead author Esther […]

Antarctic iceberg crack develops fork

Antarctic iceberg crack develops fork

The crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf that looks set to spawn a giant berg has suddenly forked. Satellite imagery of the 180km-long fissure acquired in recent days shows a clear branching behaviour at its tip. Quite what this means for the future evolution of the crack and the putative 5,000-sq-km berg remains to […]

Ministers will not appeal pollution ruling

Ministers will not appeal pollution ruling

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Air pollution has been described as a “public health emergency” The UK Government will publish its draft plan to tackle illegal levels of air pollution after it decided not to appeal against a High Court ruling. Last week, the High Court’s rejected a bid by ministers to delay publication […]

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