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Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Consumers will have to pay a returnable deposit on bottles, cans and disposable cups under a new government strategy.The strategy also compels councils to provide separate collections for food waste.Recycling will be made less confusing for households, and manufacturers will need to foot the cost of disposing of the goods they produce.The plan has been cautiously welcomed by green groups, but some business groups are
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Pterosaurs: Fur flies over feathery fossils

[ad_1] Image copyright Yuan Zhang/Nature Ecology & Evolution Image caption What pterosaurs might have looked like Two exceptionally well preserved fossils give a new picture of the pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived at the time of the dinosaurs.Scientists believe the creatures may have had feathers, and looked something like brown bats with fuzzy wings.The surprise discovery suggests feathers evolved not in birds, nor dinosaurs, but in more distant times.Pterosaurs
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Hastings dinosaur footprints exposed by cliff erosion

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Cambridge/Neil Davies Image caption Two large Iguanodontian footprints with skin and claw impressions Dozens of well-preserved dinosaur footprints from at least 100 million years ago have been uncovered in East Sussex.At least seven different species were identified by University of Cambridge researchers during the past four winters following coastal erosion along the cliffs near Hastings.They range in size from less than 2cm to more than
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Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Cement is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet.But, while cement - the key ingredient in concrete - has shaped much of our built environment, it also has a massive carbon footprint.Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to think tank Chatham House.If
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Climate change: Five things we’ve learnt from COP24

[ad_1] Image copyright Kiara Worth/IISD/ENB Delegates to the UN climate conference in Poland have reached agreement on how to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which comes into force in 2020. What are the key points to come out of the meeting?1. The rules are key to the gameHowever dull it may be, the operational rules for the 2015 Paris climate agreement will govern the way the world tackles climate
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Climate change talks agree details to implement Paris deal

[ad_1] Nearly 200 nations have agreed rules on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement.After marathon talks in Katowice, Poland, the rulebook was approved unanimously on Saturday evening.The final session was delayed by more than 30 hours amid an ongoing stand-off over the question of carbon credits and carbon markets to reduce emissions.Rich nations often reduce emissions by paying for carbon-cutting projects in other countries. But these programmes are very difficult to
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Katowice: UN climate talks stand-off continues

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Climate talks in Poland have gone into an extra day as negotiators try to agree the next steps forward for the Paris climate agreement. Some delegates believe that poor handling of the conference by the Polish government is behind the delays.Ministers from around 100 countries are gathered in Katowice for the UN talks.The majority of the details have been settled, but there is an ongoing
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UN climate talks extended due to sticking points in Poland

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Climate talks in Poland have continued through the night as negotiators try to agree the next steps forward for the Paris climate agreement. Thousands of delegates worked well past the official deadline for reaching a deal but key sticking points remain. Rows continue over the issue of paying poorer countries for damage caused by global warming and the use of carbon markets to reduce emissions.
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Plan for food waste to be separated

[ad_1] All households in England may be obliged to collect food waste in a separate caddy under plans to be announced next week. Ministers are backing the idea, but will offer it for consultation before any changes happen.The scheme will reduce greenhouse gases from landfill, but could lead to less frequent collections of general household waste. Some councils will oppose the policy unless they are given extra funds.At the moment,
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What chance has Nasa of finding life on Mars?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDrive with Nasa's next Mars rover through Jezero Crater It could be easier to detect the signs of ancient life on Mars than it is on Earth, say scientists connected with Nasa's next rover mission.The six-wheeled robot is due to touch down on the Red Planet in 2021 with the specific aim of trying to identify evidence of past biology.It will