Environment

Mystery Russian satellite’s behaviour raises alarm in US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US says it does not know what the satellite is or why it is behaving strangely A mysterious Russian satellite displaying “very abnormal behaviour” has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official. “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” said ...

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Next few years ‘may be exceptionally warm’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Staying cool has become a major concern in the current heat wave The next few years could be “anomalously warm”, according to a new study. Researchers have developed a mathematical model to predict how average global surface air temperatures will vary over the next few years. The results suggest that the period from 2018 ...

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Hippo bite kills Taiwan tourist in Kenya

Image copyright AFP Image caption A hippo in a Colombian zoo. The teeth are sharp and the animal is aggressive A Taiwanese tourist has died after being bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph in Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north-west ...

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Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to ‘touch the Sun’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Parker Solar Probe spacecraft takes off on its mission to the Sun US space agency Nasa has launched its mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before. The Parker Solar Probe rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The probe is set to become the fastest-moving manmade ...

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Weedkiller glyphosate ‘doesn’t cause cancer’ – Bayer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many gardeners use the common weed killers Pharmaceutical group Bayer has dismissed claims that an ingredient used in weed killers is carcinogenic. The German company, which owns agriculture giant Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe. On Friday, Monsanto was ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed the products caused ...

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