Environment

Plan for food waste to be separated

All households in England may be obliged to collect food waste in a separate caddy under plans to be announced next week. Ministers are backing the idea, but will offer it for consultation before any changes happen. The scheme will reduce greenhouse gases from landfill, but could lead to less frequent collections of general household waste. Some councils will oppose ...

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Nasa’s Jupiter mission Juno reveals giant polar storms

Image copyright NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran Image caption People have downloaded the raw images of Jupiter and processed them, often revealing new details of its surface Nasa’s Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and has revealed new views of cyclones at the poles. As it orbits the ...

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‘Planet of the chickens’: How the bird took over the world

Image copyright Getty Images A study of chicken bones dug up at London archaeological sites shows how the bird we know today has altered beyond recognition from its ancestors. With around 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, the bird is a symbol of the way we are shaping the environment, say scientists. Evolution usually takes place ...

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ISS: Spacewalk cosmonauts investigate mystery hole

Image copyright NASA Image caption The two cosmonauts will spend about six hours outside the ISS Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are engaged on a spacewalk to investigate a mysterious hole that caused a loss of air pressure in August. The cause of the hole on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, docked to the station, has not yet ...

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Himalayan and other Asian glaciers put the brakes on

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmaury Dehecq: “Knowing ice-flow speed allows us to better estimate glacier melt” The glaciers that flank the Himalayas and other high mountains in Asia are moving slower over time. Scientists have analysed nearly 20 years of satellite images to come to this conclusion. They show that the ice streams which have decelerated ...

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