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Great Barrier Reef: One million tonnes of sludge to be dumped

[ad_1] Image copyright EyesWideOpen/Getty Images Image caption The Great Barrier Reef in 2015 Australia plans to dump one million tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef.Despite strict laws on dumping waste, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) gave the go-ahead.A loophole was found - the laws don't apply to materials generated from port maintenance work.It comes one week after flood water from Queensland spread into the reef,
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Virgin’s Unity plane rockets skyward

[ad_1] Image copyright VIRGIN GALACTIC Image caption WhiteKnightTwo, with Unity carried at the centre, takes off from Mojave Virgin Galactic has pushed its rocket plane, Unity, to the edge of space again.Chief pilot, Scotsman Dave Mackay, and co-pilot, American Mike Masucci, took the vehicle high over California's Mojave Desert, before gliding back towards Earth.The test flight edges Virgin ever closer to its goal of introducing commercial passenger flights.More than 700
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The students recycling clothes for London Fashion Week

[ad_1] Image caption Could Marcus Rudd swap a love of high-priced fashion for vintage and charity shop clothes? After a damning report from MPs on the clothing industry's environmental credentials, how can we make our wardrobe more sustainable? Two students took up the challenge of repairing, reusing and recycling clothes for a London Fashion Week show.It's mid-afternoon, and Loughborough University student Marcus Rudd is going through his wardrobe, piece by
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UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The plants, animals, crops and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study.If these critical species are lost, the report says, it "places the future of our food system under severe threat".The study says that land use changes, pollution, and climate change are all causing biodiversity loss.While species friendly policies are increasing, they are not growing quickly
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How human food is changing wildlife

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Image caption Searching for a snack: 'Human food' can make up as much as 30% of a black bear's diet If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal.But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat more "human food", which is shifting their behaviour and biology. A study in the
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World’s biggest bee found alive

[ad_1] Image copyright Clay Bolt Image caption A single female Wallace's giant bee was found The world's biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science.The giant bee - which is as long as an adult's thumb - was found on a little-explored Indonesian island.After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed.Known as Wallace's giant bee, the insect is named
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Teeny T. rex relative discovered in US

[ad_1] Image copyright Jorge Gonzalez / Lindsay Zanno Image caption Artwork: Tyrannosaurs were generally small early on in their evolution A newly discovered relative of Tyrannosaurus rex stood just over a metre tall at the hip, a study shows.The diminutive tyrannosaur reveals crucial new information about how T. rex established itself as a dominant carnivore in North America.Early in their evolution, tyrannosaurs were small, but at some stage, the hulking
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Israel’s Beresheet robot sets its sights on the Moon

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The team couldn't meet the milestones set by the lunar XPRIZE, but pushed on regardless Israel is about to launch its first attempt to land on the Moon.The Beresheet robot is a privately funded venture that aims to land and hop across the lunar surface.It's a challenging prospect. Only government space agencies from the US, Russia and China have previously managed soft touchdowns. The
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Hayabusa-2: Japan mission set to ‘bite an asteroid’

[ad_1] Image copyright DLR Image caption Artwork: Hayabusa-2 arrived at asteroid Ryugu in June last year A Japanese spacecraft is set to "bite an asteroid" as it descends to collect a sample of rock from the surface.The Hayabusa-2 probe will try to grab the sample from a pre-chosen site on the asteroid Ryugu at 23:00 GMT on 21 February.The spacecraft reached asteroid Ryugu in June 2018 after a three-and-a-half-year journey