• By Emma Campbell BBC Radio 4, Costing the Earth 13 November 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many mothers carry wipes for convenient cleaning All wet wipes sold as "flushable" in the UK have so far failed the water industry's disintegration tests, the BBC has found.Water companies say wet wipes don't break down and are causing blockages which cost millions to put right....

  • By Tim Bowler Business reporter, BBC News 12 November 2018 Image copyright World Bee Project Image caption There are 20,000 species of bee, but many are under threat around the world Can artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning help save the world's bees? That's the hope of scientists who are scrambling to reverse the dramatic declines in bee populations.Bees are in trouble, but we're...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 13 November 2018 Image caption Culling badgers has a "modest" effect in slowing the spread of TB say experts An independent scientific review has said that badger culling can have a "modest" effect in reducing cattle TB.But it adds that the policy would lead to more than 40,000 badgers being culled a year.The report says that such high levels of...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beetles represent the largest insect group Heatwaves can damage the sperm of insects and make them almost sterile, according to new research.Scientists exposed beetles to experimental heatwaves in the laboratory, which resulted in reduced male fertility.The effects could be passed down to the beetles'...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 12 November 2018 Image caption Protesters lay chained together on the pavement outside the UK government's energy department Environment activists who have blockaded the UK's energy department in London say 22 people have been arrested during the protest.The Met Police confirmed at least eight protestors have been detained.The UK is seen as a leader in...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 12 November 2018 comments Image copyright SPL A campaign group of vets has accused Defra and its ministers of telling "barefaced lies" about the effectiveness of one of its badger culls.The claim is contained in a letter from the group to the chief vet.It asks her to ensure the department retracts "insupportable claims that its badger cull policy...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 12 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The monkey, called the xenothrix, was closely related to the titi monkey which lives in the Amazon A mysterious extinct monkey from Jamaica that is unlike any other in the fossil record has South American roots, according to new evidence.DNA extracted from fossilised bones suggests the monkey first colonised the...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 9 November 2018 Image copyright ©Nicholas Dyer Image caption Staring competition: Painted wolves, or African wild dogs, do everything as a group - even facing up to a hyena They are stunning; there's no question. And the name, "painted wolves", seems so apt.Their dappled tan and black fur, shot through with flashes of white, dazzles in the...

  • 8 November 2018 Image copyright Christie's Image caption A copy of Prof Hawking's best-selling book, signed with a thumbprint, was among the items up for sale Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction.A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie's.The...

  • 9 November 2018 Image copyright Netflix Image caption Sir David will narrate but not appear in the Netflix series Sir David Attenborough is to narrate a documentary series for streaming service Netflix about "the beauty and fragility of our natural world".It has been produced in collaboration with Silverback Films, whose director Alastair Fothergill made Planet Earth and The Blue Planet for the...

  • 9 November 2018 Image copyright Rocket Labs Image caption It has been proposed that microsatellites could be launched from Sutherland Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said it will "step up" its engagement with people who live close to the site of a proposed spaceport in Sutherland.Land on the Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) has been identified as the potential location for the launching of...

  • 9 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The pipeline has been the subject of protests by environmentalists and Native American groups A United States judge has blocked the construction of a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the US.The judge in the state of Montana said the Trump administration had "discarded" facts when it approved the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2017.It...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 9 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Birds migrating to the Arctic tundra The Arctic is no longer the safe haven it once was for nesting birds, a new scientific report warns.Having nests raided by predators is a bigger threat for birds flocking to breed than in the past, it shows.This raises the risk of extinction for birds on Arctic shores, say...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 9 November 2018 Image copyright NASA ICEBRIDGE/Brooke Medley Image caption Icebergs calve from the front of glaciers that terminate in the sea Scientists this week got their first close-up look at the big new iceberg that's calved from Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in the Antarctic.The block, which has the designation B-46, initially covered 225 sq km....

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 9 November 2018 Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption ExoMars: A copy of the rover undergoing testing The robot rover that Europe and Russia will send to Mars in 2020 will be targeted at a near-equatorial site on the Red Planet known as Oxia Planum.The area was recommended by an expert panel meeting at Leicester University.Oxia is rich in clays and other...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 9 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Populations of brown bears have increased in many parts of Europe The EU is to allow farmers to receive full compensation for any damages caused by attacks from protected animals like lynxes, wolves and bears.Other expenses including installing electric fences or acquiring guard dogs to prevent...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 8 November 2018 comments Image caption Kati Rossi was looking for a second-hand bookshelf With her daughter and baby son, Kati Rossi is prowling a suburb of Helsinki in the hunt for a second-hand bookshelf.Across the road looms a Swedish furniture giant, but Kati is scouring a huge municipal re-use centre instead. “I don’t want to go to...

  • 6 November 2018 Image copyright NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption The ozone hole over Antarctica in the year 2000 The ozone layer, which protects us from ultraviolet light, looks to be successfully healing after gaping holes were discovered in the 1980s.The Northern Hemisphere could be fully fixed by the 2030s and Antarctica by the 2060s. A new United Nations report says it's an example...

  • By Helen Briggs BBC News 7 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sudan was the last of his kind A new study raises hopes of saving one of the last animals of its kind.A victim of poaching, the northern white rhino population has been reduced to just two females, which are both unable to breed. DNA evidence shows the rhino is more closely related than previously thought...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 7 November 2018 Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption ExoMars: A copy of the rover undergoing testing Scientists and engineers are to meet in Leicester to choose a landing site on Mars for Europe's 2020 rover. The six-wheeled robot will be targeted at one of two near-equatorial terrains on the Red Planet. The ExoMars Site Selection Working Group must...