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‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat global warming

A plan to halve carbon emissions every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years, provides a simple but rigorous roadmap to tackle climate change, scientists sayA new “carbon law”, modelled on Moore’s law in computing, has b…

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Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides

Exclusive: Draft regulations seen by the Guardian reveal the European commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause ‘acute risks to bees’ The world’s most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under dra…

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Rick Perry ‘deeply troubled’ by election of gay Texas A&M student president

The energy secretary weighed in on the election at his alma mater in an opinion piece this week, implying voters were intimidated by ‘quest for diversity’During his time as Texas governor, Rick Perry sought to crack down on electoral misconduct des…

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Q&A: Forests soak up greenhouse gases, so how do we ensure their protection?

Join a panel of experts from 2-4.30pm on Thursday 30 March to discuss the resources needed to fight deforestationEvery year, 18 million hectares of tropical forest – an area the size of England and Wales – are cut down, releasing millions of tons o…

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Share your photos of these newly recognised cloud formations

As the International Cloud Atlas adds 11 “new” formations, including wave-like clouds known as asperitas, we’d like to see your pictures from around the worldWave-like clouds long seen but never officially categorised in English-language meteorol…

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Stunning ‘new’ cloud formations captured in updated atlas – in pictures

Roll clouds and wave-like asperitas are among the additions to the new digital International Cloud Atlas, that dates back to the 19th century. It features hundreds of images captured by meteorologists and cloud lovers from around the worldHave you seen…

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Let there be light: Germans switch on ‘largest artificial sun’

Scientists hope experiment, which can generate temperatures of around 3,500C, will help to develop carbon-neutral fuelGerman scientists are switching on “the world’s largest artificial sun” in the hope that intense light sources can be used to ge…

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Search for a star: where is Sirocco, rare parrot and comedy genius? | Helen Pilcher

This kākāpō’s life is like that of a rock’n’roll legend, including a sex scandal with a BBC presenter. But on his 20th birthday, he’s nowhere to be seenThis week, I learned that Sirocco – media superstar, comedy legend and one of the world…

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Two quit Australian climate authority blaming government ‘extremists’

John Quiggin and Danny Price resign over Coalition’s ‘rightwing anti-science activists’ and climate change political point-scoringTwo members of the Climate Change Authority have resigned, with one accusing the government of being beholden to rig…

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Night parrot sighting confirmed in Western Australia for first time in 100 years

Birdwatchers ‘elated’ after snapping photo of the endangered species in state’s arid interior in discovery that could significantly impact on mining developments A night parrot has been photographed in Western Australia, adding another twist to t…

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