UN Habitat III summit aims to shape future urban living

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tells the world's mayors they face making 'tough decisions' to ensure future generations live in a safe and sustainable urban world.

Posted on: 21 October 2016 | 6:32 am

Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation'

Hundreds of snow leopards are being poached in retaliation for livestock losses every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, says a new report.

Posted on: 20 October 2016 | 11:22 pm

Giant dinosaurs 'crossed continents'

Some of the giants of the dinosaur family may have arisen in South America and crossed over Antarctica to Australia about 100 million years ago, new fossil evidence suggests.

Posted on: 20 October 2016 | 12:49 pm

Strange purple sea creatures found in deep ocean trenches

Scores of spectacular and rare undersea species have been found on expeditions to some of the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean.

Posted on: 20 October 2016 | 9:40 am

Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early'

Europe's Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday, data shows.

Posted on: 20 October 2016 | 7:22 am

How our brains become 'disembodied'

Scientists in Italy have discovered how our brains can be tricked into feeling disembodied from our own limbs.

Posted on: 20 October 2016 | 4:10 am

'Zika mosquito' eggs found near Folkestone in Kent

The eggs of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, are found for the first time in the UK.

Posted on: 19 October 2016 | 3:30 pm

Stone Age people 'roasted rodents for food' - archaeologists

Voles appear to have been roasted for food by Neolithic people living on Orkney 5,000 years ago, archaeological evidence shows.

Posted on: 19 October 2016 | 11:04 am

Cave paintings reveal clues to mystery Ice Age beast

Cave art from the Ice Age has helped solve the origins of Europe's largest land mammal - the modern European bison.

Posted on: 19 October 2016 | 3:59 am

China's Shenzhou 11 docks at Tiangong 2 space station

Two Chinese astronauts have docked with the Tiangong 2 space lab, where they will live for the next 30 days conducting experiments.

Posted on: 19 October 2016 | 1:01 am

Astronauts enter China's space station

A pair of astronauts have entered China's Tiangong 2 space station as they begin the country's longest manned space mission.

Posted on: 18 October 2016 | 9:53 pm

What is ExoMars and what is it doing?

BBC science reporter Victoria Gill explains what the European mission to Mars is hoping to find out.

Posted on: 18 October 2016 | 6:16 pm

Ape's fig challenge wins photo award

A photo of an orangutan climbing high into a tree to reach some figs takes the top honour in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Posted on: 18 October 2016 | 5:10 pm

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers.

Posted on: 18 October 2016 | 8:20 am

UN: Farming needs to harvest chance to cut emissions

The global farming sector has a big role to play in the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to future climate change, the UN says.

Posted on: 18 October 2016 | 6:08 am

Peru investigates death of 10,000 Titicaca water frogs

Peru's environmental agency is investigating the deaths of some 10,000 frogs whose bodies have been found in a tributary of the Titicaca lake.

Posted on: 17 October 2016 | 7:09 pm

Is it the end for the conker?

Horse chestnut trees are being attacked by a combination of pests and diseases which could cause the conker to vanish

Posted on: 17 October 2016 | 6:09 pm

Arctic crossing planned for ‘Boaty’ sub

The UK’s favourite new yellow submarine, Boaty McBoatface, will likely take on the grand challenge of trying to cross the entire Arctic Ocean under the ice.

Posted on: 17 October 2016 | 4:15 pm

Humpback whale caught in shark nets

A Humpback whale calf got stuck in shark nets off the Gold Coast in Australia.

Posted on: 17 October 2016 | 12:45 pm

Work begins on £200m Attenborough polar ship

The construction of the UK's £200m polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough has formally begun at the Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead.

Posted on: 17 October 2016 | 11:28 am

Ceremony marks start of Attenborough polar ship construction

Construction of the UK's new £200m polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, formally begins at the Cammell Laird yard on Merseyside.

Posted on: 17 October 2016 | 5:54 am

Climate change: 'Monumental' deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

Countries meeting in Rwanda have agreed a "monumental" deal to phase out gases used in fridges that are worsening global warming.

Posted on: 15 October 2016 | 6:41 am

Energy subsidies should focus on storage and cutting demand, MPs say

Subsidies to reduce the risk of blackouts must focus on innovative schemes for energy storage and cutting demand rather than "dirty diesel", MPs urge.

Posted on: 15 October 2016 | 5:41 am

Cave art: Etchings hailed as 'Iberia's most spectacular'

Unusual cave art as much as 14,500 years old is found in northern Spain - and pronounced the "most spectacular" in the Iberian peninsula.

Posted on: 14 October 2016 | 8:14 am

Funding boost for UK citizen science project

A UK-wide citizen science project that has attracted almost one million participants is awarded a further £1.2m of lottery funding.

Posted on: 14 October 2016 | 4:24 am