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The two Swedish mums who want people to give up flying for a year

[ad_1] Two Swedish mums have persuaded 10,000 people to commit to not taking any flights in 2019.Their social media initiative, No-fly 2019 (Flygfritt 2019), is aiming for 100,000 pledges, and has been asking participants to post their reasons for signing up.Maja Rosen and her neighbour Lotta Hammar say they started the campaign to show politicians what needs to be done to halt climate change.Direct emissions from aviation account for about
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UK’s first carbon capture and storage project ‘operational by mid 2020s’

[ad_1] Image copyright North Sea Midstream Partners Image caption The St Fergus Gas Terminal is involved in the Acorn Project The UK's first carbon capture and storage project should be operational by the mid-2020s, according to ministers.A commitment to develop the technology, which stops greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, was made ahead of a summit in Edinburgh.Research funding has also been announced for a carbon capture scheme in Aberdeenshire.It will
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Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Carbon emissions have not yet peaked in many countries the report says Global efforts to tackle climate change are way off track says the UN, as it details the first rise in CO2 emissions in four years.The emissions gap report says that economic growth is responsible for a rise in 2017 while national efforts to cut carbon have faltered.To meet the goals of
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‘Siberian unicorn’ walked Earth with humans

[ad_1] Image copyright W S Van der Merwe Image caption Artist's impression of the 'forgotten beast' A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until at least 39,000 years ago - much longer than previously thought.Known as the Siberian unicorn, the animal had a long horn on its nose, and roamed the grasslands of Eurasia.New evidence shows the hefty beast may have eventually died
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Strong chance of a new El Niño forming by early 2019

[ad_1] Image copyright NOAA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption An image showing the 2015 El Niño with rising temperatures in the Pacific The World Meteorological Organization says there's a 75-80% chance of a weak El Niño forming within three months.The naturally occurring event causes changes in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean and has a major influence on weather patterns around the world. It is linked to floods in South America
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Trump on climate change report: ‘I don’t believe it’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionClimate change: How 1.5C could change the world US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a report by his own government warning of devastating effects from climate change.Asked outside the White House about the findings that unchecked global warming would wreak havoc on the US economy, he said: "I don't believe it."The report found that climate change will cost the
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Mars: Nasa lands InSight robot to study planet’s interior

[ad_1] Image caption Within minutes, InSight had returned its first image from Elysium Planitia US space agency Nasa has landed a new robot on Mars after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet.The InSight probe aims to study the deep interior of Mars, and make it the only planet - apart from Earth - that has been examined in this way.The touchdown confirmation came through shortly
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Climate change: UK summers could be over 5C warmer by 2070

[ad_1] In its first major update on climate change in almost 10 years, the Met Office has warned of significant temperature rises in the decades ahead.The UK Climate Projections 2018 study is the most up to date assessment of how the UK will change over this century.It says that under the highest emissions scenario, summer temperatures could be 5.4C hotter by 2070.The chances of a summer as warm as 2018