Environment

Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire supplies water for drinking and hydro electricity England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned. Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every ...

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Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to tackle sources of air pollution – such as wood-burning stoves – put too much responsibility on local councils, critics say. The government, as part of its clean air strategy, wants to clamp down on all sources of pollution, including coal-burning and ammonia from farms. Campaigners welcome the consultation, but say it does not go ...

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China launch will prep for Moon landing

Image copyright AFP China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a lunar rover mission planned for later in the year. The Queqiao spacecraft will establish a communications link between Earth and the landing mission, which looks set to launch in the next six months. The satellite was launched at 22:28 BST on Sunday (05:28 local time) from Xichang ...

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Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot

Image copyright Simon J Pierce Image caption Whale sharks are the largest living fish Large numbers of endangered whale sharks have been sighted in waters off Madagascar. The first major scientific survey in the area shows there are far more of the huge fish than previously thought. Eighty-five individuals were identified in a single season from photographs of their distinctive ...

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Turning carbon dioxide into rock – forever

Image copyright G Svanberg Image caption Harnessing the power of the volcanoes: Hellisheidi is Iceland’s largest geothermal plant Nested in the snow-covered mountains of western Iceland, a maze of turbines and pipes belches thick billows of steam. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from renewable sources. The Hellisheidi power ...

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