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Hawking says Trump’s climate stance could damage Earth

Hawking says Trump’s climate stance could damage Earth

Media captionStephen Hawking spoke to the BBC about climate change and Donald Trump Stephen Hawking says that US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change. Prof Hawking said the action could put Earth onto a path that turns it into a hothouse planet like Venus. He also feared aggression ...

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Scientists explain ancient Rome’s long-lasting concrete

Scientists explain ancient Rome’s long-lasting concrete

Image copyright JP OLESON Image caption Scientists examined samples from this ancient Roman pier with very high-powered X-rays Researchers have unlocked the chemistry of Roman concrete which has resisted the elements for thousands of years. Ancient sea walls built by the Romans used a concrete made from lime and volcanic ash to bind with rocks. Now scientists have discovered that ...

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G20 Hamburg: Leaders fail to bridge Trump climate chasm

G20 Hamburg: Leaders fail to bridge Trump climate chasm

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the protesters in Hamburg were demonstrating against Donald Trump’s position on climate change Leaders of 19 nations at the G20 summit in Germany have renewed their pledge to implement the Paris deal on climate change, despite the US pulling out. Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks ...

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G20 summit: Leaders fail to bridge climate change chasm

G20 summit: Leaders fail to bridge climate change chasm

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the protesters in Hamburg were demonstrating against Donald Trump’s position on climate change Leaders of 19 nations at the G20 summit in Germany have renewed their pledge to implement the Paris deal on climate change, despite the US pulling out. Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks ...

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G20 summit: Deadlock on climate change ‘broken’ in Hamburg

G20 summit: Deadlock on climate change ‘broken’ in Hamburg

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dozens of protesters were detained after setting fire to vehicles and barricades in Hamburg overnight Deadlock over climate change between the US and the other nations at the G20 summit appears to have been broken. The BBC understands a compromise final closing text has been agreed at the second day of their meeting in ...

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Giant croc had teeth like a T. rex

Giant croc had teeth like a T. rex

Image copyright Natural History Museum in Milan Image caption The giant croc would have scavenged on sauropod carcasses Researchers have described new fossils belonging to an extinct crocodile-like creature that had a set of serrated teeth like those of a T. rex. The animal was a top predator in Madagascar 170 million years ago, around the time dinosaurs roamed Earth. ...

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Air pollution issues go back to court

Air pollution issues go back to court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Monitors like this are used to measure air quality in London Air pollution is forcing the UK government back to court for the seventh time. The environmental legal group ClientEarth says minsters failed to conduct their recent public consultation on clean air properly. It also says the government’s pollution plans for Scotland, Wales and ...

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‘Brightest minds’ key to future science success

‘Brightest minds’ key to future science success

Image copyright Getty Images Diversity in research should be an early focus of the new umbrella organisation for UK science funding, according to the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson. He said it should look at “all the different facets at what makes for a diverse and resilient research system that optimises all the talents available in the country”. The ...

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