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Two halves of Attenborough polar ship joined together

Image copyright CAMMELL LAIRD/BASImage caption The 535-tonne superstructure is 40m long and 30m wide After its dramatic entry into the River Mersey at the weekend, the hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough has had its upper-decks added. Cammell Laird engineers lifted the six-deck superstructure into place using two giant cranes. The superstructure holds accommodation […]

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Theresa May announces new environment bill

Image copyright EPA A bill to protect the environment has been announced by the prime minister. It will set out a legal framework for the government’s promise to leave the environment in a better state over the next 25 years. It has been greeted enthusiastically by green groups who feared that the government’s promises on […]

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Ecuador’s colonial past ‘written in soil’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Ecuador’s “cloud forest” grows in a narrow corridor on the slopes of the Andes The arrival of European settlers in Ecuador had a profound effect on the country’s population and environment. This is according to new findings from The Open University. Researchers studying soil cores from the Quijos valley found […]

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Are young people going cool on cars?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionViews on car ownership Could you live without a car? Reya El-Salahi from London asked herself this question when she moved into a car-free development, but over the past year she’s been fine. Lil Boyer from Dorset says she can’t use rural buses because they are “rubbish” […]

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The new sharks coming to UK waters

Research from the University of Southampton suggests new kinds of shark could migrate to UK waters as the oceans warm. Dr Ken Collins, from the university’s National Oceanography Centre, says 10 species of shark currently found in warmer parts of the world could inhabit our seas by 2050 because of climate change. Here, we profile […]

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UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Image copyright Airbus A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK. The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather. Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but […]