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UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Birds have long been a concern in relation to wind turbines but the expansion of green energy has increased the urgency The global boom in renewable energy is posing new threats to birds say experts. At the UN climate conference in Bonn, researchers said wind turbines and power lines were a particular problem for ...

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2017 Whitley Gold Award winner: ‘Fish loved me but people didn’t’

Zafer Kizilkaya’s conservation work saved a whole Turkish community and despite resistance his fish model is being widely adopted. He has just been awarded the 2017 Whitley Gold Award. Video produced by Daniel South. Listen to World Service’s Newsday programme on the BBC iPlayer

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Nasa seeks experiment ideas for Europa lander

Nasa seeks experiment ideas for Europa lander

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute Image caption Europa holds a vast, salty ocean beneath its fractured ice shell Nasa is seeking the best ideas for experiments to fly on a mission that will land on Jupiter’s moon Europa. The jovian satellite has a deep subsurface ocean beneath its ice crust and is considered one of the top targets in the search ...

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Trump ‘can’t escape climate change’ impacts says Fiji PM

Trump ‘can’t escape climate change’ impacts says Fiji PM

Image caption Fiji’s Prime Minister outlined his vision for future climate talks at this meeting in Bonn Fiji’s Prime Minister has issued a coded warning to Donald Trump about the dangers of climate change. The US leader is due to decide on future US participation in the Paris climate agreement after next week’s G7 meeting in Italy. But Frank Bainimarama ...

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Recycling nightmares

The BBC’s Roger Harrabin looks at why much of the packaging we put in the recycling bin ends up in landfills, but a $2m (£1.5m) design competition backed by Prince Charles is aiming to deal with the issue through innovation. Follow Roger on Twitter.

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Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

Image copyright Getty Images / Ideo Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles are the “villains” of the recycling world, a trade body has said. The Recycling Association named them in a list of products that pose the biggest challenges for reuse. The greater the number of materials used in packaging, the harder it is for recycling machines to separate them. ...

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Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed

Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed

Image copyright Laura Jennings Image caption One of 22 new species of Eugenia and Myrcia – trees and shrubs from the coastal Atlantic Rainforest Almost 2,000 new species of plant have been discovered in the past year, according to a report by The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Many have potential as food crops, medicines or sources of timber. However, ...

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Florida man tries to kiss rattlesnake; gets bitten

Florida man tries to kiss rattlesnake; gets bitten

Image caption The rattlesnake later escaped (picture posed by a model) A Florida man who tried to kiss a rattlesnake, only for it to snub his advances and bite him, is recovering in hospital. The snake was found by Charles Goff, a resident of Putnam County, in the north-east of the state, on Monday. A day later, a neighbour, named ...

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