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Cars and coal help drive ‘strong’ CO2 rise in 2018

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The main factor in the rise is coal use in China A booming global market for cars has helped drive CO2 emissions to an all-time high in 2018, say researchers. The main factor in the near 3% rise has been coal use in China, driven by government efforts to boost a flagging economy. But emissions from cars, truck and planes using fossil fuels
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Game-on for UK’s Team Tao in ocean XPRIZE final

[ad_1] Image copyright Martin Avery Photography Image caption Team Tao's USV: Technologies have had to be developed in just three years A UK-based team has arrived in Greece for the grand final of a contest to find innovative solutions for seafloor mapping. The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition is offering multi-million dollar awards for the best concepts. Participants have to chart at least 250 sq km of the Mediterranean at
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Ash dieback: ash woodlands ‘may flourish once again’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An epidemic of ash dieback is devastating forests Scientists say there is hope that some ash forests will be able to survive a devastating tree disease. Surveys around Europe reveal mortality rates from ash dieback as high as 70% in woodlands and 85% in plantations. A previous study found almost all ash trees could be wiped out.The disease has swept across Europe over
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Rats and pigeons ‘replace iconic species’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children feed pigeons in Kathmandu The modification of land for farming and building cities is favouring the same species everywhere, according to a new study.Animals like rats and pigeons are taking over from less common ones, which can survive only in certain habitats, say scientists.Researchers looked at 20,000 animals and plants in 81 countries. They found that species occupying a large area tend
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Saving the world’s last West African giraffes in Niger

[ad_1] Image copyright GCF/Sean Viljoen For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has been absent from Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve.Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss have all contributed to the population's decline.An ambitious conservation initiative has now re-introduced eight giraffes into the reserve, in the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies. Image copyright GCF/Sean Viljoen Under the initiative, spearheaded by the
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Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ expected to sell for $1.5m

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The letter is regarded as a clear statement of Einstein's religious beliefs A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday.The so-called "God letter" was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million (£1.2m).The Nobel Prize-winning scientist, then 74, wrote the one-and-a-half page note to German
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Research worms ‘too old’ to go to space station

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The worms will be fired into space on a rocket, before linking up with the International Space Station Thousands of worms being blasted into space could be "too old" for research when they get to the International Space Station (ISS).The launch of a SpaceX rocket was delayed after mouldy food was found among another research team's kit.Teams from Exeter, Nottingham and Lancaster universities are
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West Mersea mammoth tusk ‘dates back 12,000 years’

[ad_1] Image copyright CITiZAN: Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeologica Image caption The 6ft (2m) long tusk has been made into a 3D model A mammoth tusk discovered during an unusually low tide could be up to 12,000 years old, experts believe.The 6ft (2m) tusk, which was found off the coast of Mersea Island, Essex, dates back to the Devensian, or last glacial period.It was found by archaeologists last March, who
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World’s strangest sharks and rays ‘on brink of extinction’

[ad_1] Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption The biggest threat to angel sharks is commercial fishing Some of the world's most unusual sharks and rays are on the brink of extinction because of threats such as commercial fishing, scientists have said. A shark that uses its tail to stun prey and a ray half the length of a bus are on the list of 50 species.The scientists say sharks have a