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Farm subsidies 'must be earned' – Michael Gove

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gove says leaving the EU will allow Britiain to reform how it cares for the environment Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said in a speech. Farmers will only get payouts if they agree to protect the environment and enhance rural life, he will say. The move is part of what he calls his vision […]

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The white bag still carries traces of Moon dust and small rock A bag used by US astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon has sold at auction in New York for $1.8m (£1.4m). The outer decontamination bag from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 was bought at Sotheby’s by an anonymous bidder. The white bag still carries traces of Moon dust and small […]

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 radiation hits the land surface, which reduces wind speed. That lack of wind in turn leads to an accumulation of […]

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 from the International Space Station (ISS) have notched up tens of thousands of reactions on Facebook. Belgium can be seen […]

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 and his team are excavating a section on the western side of the Al-Khamis mosque site. With its twin minarets […]

Arctic summit: Trump to make 'right decision for the US' on climate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s James Cook explains why the Arctic Circle summit in Alaska matters The US will consider its interests first as it reviews its climate change policy, the secretary of state says. Rex Tillerson told a meeting of the eight Arctic nations in Alaska that the US would not rush to make a decision and would consider their views. President Donald Trump has expressed doubts over the […]

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 food was a factor in why seven big cats, including sabre-toothed tigers, went extinct at the end of the last […]

UN examines fossil fuel influence in climate talks process

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Green campaigners say representatives of fossil fuel industries have too much influence Campaigners say there should be greater scrutiny of industry bodies that are involved in UN climate talks. Environmental groups allege that fossil fuel industries are funding a number of business and industry participants in these talks. These groups should be restricted, say the campaigners, because they say their goal is to slow down or derail progress. Business […]

Identity of famous baby dinosaur fossil revealed

Image copyright Illustration by Zhao Chuang Image caption Reconstruction of the dinosaur incubating its eggs The fossil of a baby dinosaur discovered in China more than 25 years ago has formally been identified as a new species of feathered dinosaur. The hatchling, dubbed Baby Louie, was found within a nest of dinosaur eggs. Palaeontologists have called it Beibeilong sinensis, which translates to “Chinese baby dragon”. They say it is the first known specimen of a […]

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