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Paris climate deal is ‘lifeline’ for world’s poorest countries

Paris climate deal is ‘lifeline’ for world’s poorest countries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A drought in Guatemala that has drained this lake is being linked to climate change in the region The world’s poorest nations say the Paris climate agreement is their “lifeline” and must be strengthened. The Climate Vulnerable Forum, (CVF) representing 48 countries, said the deal was crucial to their […]

Cities need ‘hedges as well as trees’ for environment

Cities need ‘hedges as well as trees’ for environment

Hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings, research has suggested. A paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment says tall trees are good at absorbing pollution in more open areas. But hedges can trap toxins at exhaust pipe level, so reduce people’s direct exposure to harmful pollutants. Lead author […]

Dinosaur asteroid hit ‘worst possible place’

Dinosaur asteroid hit ‘worst possible place’

Image copyright BARCROFT PRODUCTIONS/BBC Image caption Artwork: The impact hit with the energy equivalent to 10 billion Hiroshima bombs Scientists who drilled into the impact crater associated with the demise of the dinosaurs summarise their findings so far in a BBC Two documentary on Monday. The researchers recovered rocks from under the Gulf of Mexico […]

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Studies suggest that the deaths of 1.6 million people a year in China are linked to air quality Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse. A new study suggests less dust means more solar […]

Why does Belgium shine so brightly?

Why does Belgium shine so brightly?

Image copyright Thomas Pesquet / ESA Image caption The orange-tinted glow of Belgium can be seen towards the top of picture – with the Aurora Borealis captured to the north Belgium’s penchant for extravagant motorway lighting is suddenly in the spotlight thanks to pictures posted by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The images of Europe taken […]

Safeguarding Islam’s ancient past

Safeguarding Islam’s ancient past

Image copyright Richard Duebel Image caption The citadel in Aleppo, Syria, has suffered damage during the country’s six-year-long conflict A recent conference in Bahrain brought together experts in Islamic archaeology to discuss the lessons of the past and how to safeguard Muslim heritage for future generations. Under the blistering Bahraini sun archaeologist Salman Al Mahari […]

Lions face same threats as extinct Ice Age cats – study

Lions face same threats as extinct Ice Age cats – study

Image copyright University of Sussex Image caption The African lion formerly ranged throughout Eurasia and Africa, but today is only found in sub-Saharan Africa Two big cats – the African lion and the Sunda clouded leopard – are most at risk from extinction caused by loss of prey, according to a new analysis. Lack of […]

Climate talks cool on idea of accommodating the US

Climate talks cool on idea of accommodating the US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Reports suggest that Ivanka Trump will head a review of the US role in the Paris climate agreement Participants in UN climate talks have expressed reservations about making changes to the Paris climate agreement just to keep the US in the treaty. Speculation has increased that President Trump may […]

Rare ammonite ‘death drag’ fossil discovered

Rare ammonite ‘death drag’ fossil discovered

Image copyright University of Manchester Image caption Ammonites are prehistoric cephalopods, closely related to modern-day squid, cuttlefish and octopuses The “death drag” of a prehistoric “squid” – or ammonite – made 150-million-years-ago has been preserved as an incredible fossil. The animal’s shell made the 8.5m-long mark as it drifted along the seafloor after its death. […]

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 […]