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Elephant protection debate to dominate conservation meeting

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Different approaches to protecting elephants are set to dominate the debate at a key conservation conference starting in Geneva today.Delegates from more than 180 countries are gathering for the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). Some African nations are again pushing to reopen the trade in ivory.However others are seeking the highest possible protections for all of Africa's elephants. The
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Welsh bees threatened by deadly disease American Foulbrood

[ad_1] Image caption The chief bee inspector for Wales said it was vital keepers let authorities know how many hives they have Concern has been growing over the spread of a deadly disease among the Welsh bee population. American Foulbrood (AFB) is a highly-infectious disease which is caused by a spore-forming bacteria transferred to the bees through infected food. It is described as the most widespread and destructive of all
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Early fish tapeworms found at ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ Must Farm

[ad_1] Image copyright V Herring/Cambridge Archaeological Unit Image caption Archaeologists were astonished by the "fabulous artefacts" found at the site The earliest evidence of fish tapeworm in Britain has been discovered preserved in human faeces, according to experts at Cambridge University.The finds were unearthed at a site dubbed "Britain's Pompeii", a burnt-out 3,000-year-old village at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire.Fish tapeworm can grow up to 10m (32ft) long and live coiled
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Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear

[ad_1] Image copyright R. Kowalczyk Image caption Cave bear skull from the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, Serbia The arrival of human ancestors in Europe some 40,000 years ago coincided with the downfall of the cave bear, scientists have revealed.New evidence suggests humans hunted the bear and drove it from caves, putting it on the road to extinction.The fate of the species was sealed by other pressures, such as the
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Dr Becky: The Oxford University YouTube astrophysicist

[ad_1] Among the millions of channels on YouTube is "Dr Becky", an astrophysicist who is trying to encourage others into STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).As a research fellow at the University of Oxford, Dr Becky Smethurst specialises in black holes, but outside the day job she posts videos on all sorts of space-themed questions.Her aim is to be someone in the world of scientific research that people can
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Spaceplane gets a ride for space station trips

[ad_1] Image copyright Sierra Nevada Corporation Image caption Artwork: Dream Chaser is a reusable spaceplane that can land on a runway The Dream Chaser spaceplane, which will ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), now has a rocket to launch on.Sierra Nevada, the private company that builds the spaceplane, has chosen the heavy-lift Vulcan rocket as its ride into orbit.The company hopes to start launching missions by 2021, to
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Mount Everest: Climbers set to face new rules after deadly season

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP PHOTO / PROJECT POSSIBLE Image caption Four of the deaths on Everest this climbing season were blamed on overcrowding Climbers who want to attempt Mount Everest should first have to demonstrate that they are experienced mountaineers, a panel advising Nepal's government has recommended.Its report proposes that applicants must already have climbed a Nepali peak of at least 6,500m (21,325ft).They should also have to provide a certificate
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Why is there microplastic in Arctic snow?

[ad_1] A team of German-Swiss researchers has found that microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow in the Arctic.Researchers collected snow samples from the Svalbard islands using a low-tech method - a dessert spoon and a flask. They found more than 10,000 of them per litre of melted snow.The BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin has been looking in to what causes it.Read more: Plastic particles
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Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic

[ad_1] Image copyright Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Mine Tekman Image caption The researchers collected samples of snow in flasks Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found.The scientists said they were shocked by the sheer number of particles they found: more than 10,000 of them per litre in the Arctic.It means that even there, people are likely to be breathing
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Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sets sail from Plymouth

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Media Image caption Greta Thunberg said her voyage across the Atlantic "is going to be a huge challenge" Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has set sail from the UK, bound for UN climate summits in New York and Chile.Fans gathered to wave her off on her voyage across the Atlantic.The 16-year-old made a speech ahead of departing from Plymouth on the Malizia II, a solar-powered racing yacht