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Countryside improvements fund ‘could be raided’

Image caption In the UK, wheat is the largest arable crop A budget designed to fund improvements to Britain’s countryside is set to be raided, the BBC has learned. Cash will be diverted away from ambitious conservation projects and towards protecting farm businesses. The government previously promised that the £3bn currently paid to farms under […]

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Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent

Image copyright MOSAIC/AWI/Steffen Graupner This summer’s Arctic sea-ice shrank to its second lowest ever extent in the era of satellite observation. The floes withdrew to just under 3.74 million sq km (1.44 million sq miles) last week, preliminary data indicates. The only time this minimum has been beaten in the 42-year spacecraft record was 2012 […]

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Botswana: Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

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How the oil industry made us doubt climate change

By Phoebe KeaneBBC News Related Topics As climate change becomes a focus of the US election, energy companies stand accused of trying to downplay their contribution to global warming. In June, Minnesota’s Attorney General sued ExxonMobil, among others, for launching a “campaign of deception” which deliberately tried to undermine the science supporting global warming. So […]

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‘Total failure’ on English river water quality

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, […]

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Spider-like toxins found in Australia’s stinging trees

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Alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlligator bellows: The first pair of sounds are in ambient air; the second pair are in heliox Have you heard the one about the alligator that performed the party trick of breathing in helium so it could talk in a funny voice? It’s not that hilarious but […]