Environment

How realistic are the UK’s new greenhouse gas emissions targets?
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Today’s big question

How realistic are the UK’s new greenhouse gas emissions targets?

Boris Johnson is set to announce ‘world-leading’ climate commitments
20 Apr 2021
Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names
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Podcast

Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names

Are human rights going backwards? Is Russia squaring up to Ukraine again? And why are we censoring maps?
16 Apr 2021
What is COP26 and what are its aims?
A climate change protest outside the Palace of Westminster
Fact file

What is COP26 and what are its aims?

UK to play host to UN Climate Change Conference in November
14 Apr 2021
Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour
Greenland
Podcast

Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour

What has Greenland’s general election got to do with China? Why has Jordan’s royal family split? And who has been stripped of their honours in secret?
9 Apr 2021
The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns
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In Depth

The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns

Boris Johnson is facing criticism from his own MPs, who say the lockdown is not being eased quickly enough amid the successful vaccine campaign
25 Mar 2021
First new UK coal mine for 30 years in doubt
A coal miner inspects a piece of coal.
Getting to grips with . . .

First new UK coal mine for 30 years in doubt

Cumbria council to review plans after opposition from climate change campaigners
10 Feb 2021
Forced labour, virtual bailiffs and Cumbrian coal
Coal-miner
Podcast

Forced labour, virtual bailiffs and Cumbrian coal

Are British companies doing enough about modern slavery? How can we regulate digital repossessions? And why are we still opening new coal mines?
22 Jan 2021

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Floating igloos offer hope for threatened penguins
Penguins diving into the Arctic Ocean
Stranger than fiction

Floating igloos offer hope for threatened penguins

Creator of new ‘Penguin Protection System’ says the structures protect endangered species while combating climate change
5 Jan 2021
2020 Quiz of the Year
Quiz of the year
In Brief

2020 Quiz of the Year

Have you been paying attention to the year’s biggest events?
26 Dec 2020
China to end import of world’s rubbish
Two scrap collectors work at a plastics recycling mill in Wuhan, China
In Brief

China to end import of world’s rubbish

Veto on accepting overseas junk marks culmination of three-year reduction policy
2 Dec 2020
Phrasebook helped English converse with Welsh ‘peasants’
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In Brief

Phrasebook helped English converse with Welsh ‘peasants’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Nov 2020
Iceberg collision in British territory threatens penguins
A Magellanic Penguin on the shores of Chile, one of the several penguin species found on South Georgia
In Brief

Iceberg collision in British territory threatens penguins

Several species face starvation if the icy giant blocks access to feeding grounds
5 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: Donald Trump ‘sealed his fate with women’
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: Donald Trump ‘sealed his fate with women’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 29 October
29 Oct 2020
Climate experts fly more than fellow scientists, study finds
A fleet of British Airway planes sit on the runway at Glasgow Airport as an EasyJet plane takes off.
In Brief

Climate experts fly more than fellow scientists, study finds

Study results trigger calls for environmentalists to ‘look in the mirror’
20 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: Brexit Britain built on ‘Microsoft model’
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: Brexit Britain built on ‘Microsoft model’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 20 October
20 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: the rise of the ‘vaccine sceptic’
Covid protest
In Depth

Instant Opinion: the rise of the ‘vaccine sceptic’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 12 October
12 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: can we ‘survive’ four more years of Trump?
Donald Trump at the G7
In Depth

Instant Opinion: can we ‘survive’ four more years of Trump?

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 9 October
9 Oct 2020
What exactly are Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s policies?
Trump vs. Biden
In Depth

What exactly are Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s policies?

The two candidates are pushing radically different agendas amid all the name-calling and campaign chaos
9 Oct 2020
Millions of migrating birds dropping dead from skies over US
New Mexico Bird migration
In Brief

Millions of migrating birds dropping dead from skies over US

Some experts believe the West Coast wildfires may be to blame for ‘unprecedented’ mass bird deaths in New Mexico
17 Sep 2020
Can the UK decarbonise without nuclear power?
Hitachi Wales
In Depth

Can the UK decarbonise without nuclear power?

Cancellation of Hitachi nuclear plant in Wales threatens to derail Downing Street’s plans for eliminating CO2
16 Sep 2020
What the Spalte glacier tells us about climate change
Greenland
In Depth

What the Spalte glacier tells us about climate change

Scientists warn that calving of largest remaining Arctic ice shelf could be ‘major centre of action for the deglaciation of Greenland’
14 Sep 2020
Debate: should XR be classed as ‘criminal gang’?
Extinction Rebellion
In Depth

Debate: should XR be classed as ‘criminal gang’?

Home secretary proposes reclassification that could see XR activists facing jail terms of up to five years
7 Sep 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Singing dogs, plastic and Covid tech
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Singing dogs, plastic and Covid tech

Where have New Guinea’s dogs been hiding? Is Africa being targeted by Big Plastic? And what will coronavirus do to gadgets?
4 Sep 2020
Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial
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In Brief

Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Aug 2020
Fact Check: what are microplastics and are they dangerous?
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
In Brief

Fact Check: what are microplastics and are they dangerous?

12-21 million tons of microplastics floating in top layers of Atlantic Ocean, new study finds
19 Aug 2020
Business Unwrapped: clean growth
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Business Unwrapped: clean growth

How a new breed of battery will help to power a lower-emission economy
18 Aug 2020
Americans warned not to plant mystery seeds sent from China
China seeds
In Brief

Americans warned not to plant mystery seeds sent from China

Officials say the unsolicited packages have been mailed to residents in at least 27 US states
28 Jul 2020
£20m robotic dolphin could replace captive animals
Robot dolphin
In Brief

£20m robotic dolphin could replace captive animals

Chinese ban on exotic creatures could see robot revolution
24 Jul 2020
Why China receives £71m a year in UK foreign aid
Chinese rocket
In Depth

Why China receives £71m a year in UK foreign aid

MPs request review into why a country with its own space programme is being sent British aid
23 Jul 2020
Hope for rare horse as scientists select foal’s sex in lab
Suffolk Punch
In Brief

Hope for rare horse as scientists select foal’s sex in lab

Landmark arrival offers hope that ‘sexed semen’ could halt decline of other uncommon breeds
15 Jul 2020
Wild European bison to be reintroduced to UK
Bison
In Brief

Wild European bison to be reintroduced to UK

Herd from Europe to be released in Kent in bid to ‘restore an ancient habitat’
13 Jul 2020
Botswana investigating mysterious deaths of 350 elephants
Okavango Delta elephants fighting
In Brief

Botswana investigating mysterious deaths of 350 elephants

Experts fear unexplained mass die-off may be result of unknown pathogen
3 Jul 2020
Cummings gets £100m to save planet by ‘sucking’ CO2 from air
Dominic Cummings
In Brief

Cummings gets £100m to save planet by ‘sucking’ CO2 from air

Treasury is funding the No. 10 advisor’s experimental scheme despite ‘scepticism’ in Whitehall
3 Jul 2020
Russia insists no nuclear plant leak as radiation spikes
Chernobyl
In Depth

Russia insists no nuclear plant leak as radiation spikes

Authorities insists no leakages or faults detected following rise in radioactivity levels across northern Europe
29 Jun 2020