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Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus

Image copyright PA Media The UK’s fixed-term parliaments could see politicians failing to prioritise climate change, veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough has suggested. He told the first citizens’ assembly on climate having a five-year government leads to a lack of long-term planning. The 110-strong assembly in Birmingham will meet over four weekends to examine options […]

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Wales a haven for wildlife – but for how long?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Elk, wolves, wild boar, lynx, brown bear and auroch once inhabited Wales but are now extinct From slugs to spiders and bees to bottlenose dolphins – Wales is proving a haven for many species. Its varied landscape and mild climate make Wales among Europe’s “best wildlife-watching secrets”, according to the […]

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Space cookies: First food baked in space by astronauts

Image copyright NASAImage caption Tests are being carried out to determine whether the cookies are safe to eat Chocolate chip cookies have become the first food to be baked in space in a first-of-its-kind experiment. Astronauts baked the cookies in a special zero-gravity oven at the International Space Station (ISS) last month. Sealed in individual […]

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Rolls-Royce plans mini nuclear reactors by 2029

Image copyright Rolls-Royce Mini nuclear reactors could be generating power in the UK by the end of the decade. Manufacturer Rolls-Royce has told the BBC’s Today programme that it plans to install and operate factory-built power stations by 2029. Mini nuclear stations can be mass manufactured and delivered in chunks on the back of a […]

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What does Trump actually believe on climate change?

US President Donald Trump’s position on climate change has been in the spotlight again, after he criticised “prophets of doom” at the World Economic Forum in Davos. At the event, which had sustainability as its main theme, and activist Greta Thunberg as its star guest, Mr Trump dismissed “alarmists” who wanted to “control every aspect […]

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Ivory Coast is using plastic waste to build schools

A community in Ivory Coast has partnered with UNICEF to transform landfill waste into bricks for schools. The classrooms cost almost half the price of conventional building materials and can be built using just a hammer. Since 2018, plastic waste has been turned into 26 classrooms. Video produced by Daniel South and Eric Biantuadi. Watch […]