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Europe moves ahead with Ariel exoplanet mission
The green light is given to the near-billion-euro space observatory that will study far-off worlds.
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Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK
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UK to ban illegally logged rainforest products
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The Ariel space telescope, which will study the atmospheres of distant worlds, has the green light to proceed.
By Jonathan Amos
BBC Science Correspondent
Feathers fly in vote rigging scandal
The Little Spotted Kiwi shot into the lead in New Zealand’s annual Bird of the Year competition – until 1,500 votes were all traced back to the same IP address in Auckland
Forestry Commission ‘learns lessons’ in tree planting row
The Forestry Commission says lessons will be learned after it gave permission for trees to be planted on vulnerable peatland near Penrith.
Conservationists, including the wildlife trust, have reacted angrily saying the land at Berrier should be restored as soon as possible and the trees removed.Copyright: BBC
The Commission says it recognises the need to preserve and protect important habitats, and it gave consent based on the evidence it had been given about the site.
Stephen Trotter, from the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, says that peat locks up carbon that might oterwise start to contribute to climate change.Quote Message: By ploughing the peat to plant trees we’re allowing the water to drain out of it and as soon as the water table lowers, the bacteria and the fungi start to grow and we lose the carbon back into the atmosphere.” from Stephen Trotter
By Kevin Keane
BBC Scotland’s environment correspondent
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By Matt McGrath
How critical is the weather for the SpaceX launch?
All eyes are on the skies ahead of Saturday’s launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station. Simon King reports.
Inside the Zoo: Meet Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III
By Justin Rowlatt
Chief environment correspondent
Plants and Painting
Educational programming for primary school pupils. In today’s programme, everything you need to know about plants and how to paint like a famous artist.