BBC News - Science & Environment
The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Red card for 'greenest' government
The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.
Climate change remedies 'affordable'
A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.
US gas leaks not caused by fracking
A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.
UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola
The UN says it needs $1bn to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, described as "unparalleled in modern times".
Rosetta comet landing site chosen
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.
Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.
Brazil builds giant Amazon tower
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.
Ban on shark trade comes into force
In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.
Progress for giant laser instrument
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.
Robot could load up dishwasher
A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.
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Facebook launches 'I'm a Voter' button ahead of Scottish Referendum
Facebook is encouraging Scottish users of the social network to share the fact they have voted with their friends
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Tim Cook: 'We're not reading your email or iMessages'
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has spoken out about privacy concerns in the wake of the iCloud nude photo leak
Apple tie-up with U2 branded a 'dismal failure' by music retailers
Pushing 'Songs of Innocence' into 500 million iTunes music libraries boosts U2 back catalogue by only 6,000 sales in the UK, including fewer than 60 on the high street, but concert ticket sales may be the target of the stunt
Apple releases tool to remove U2 album from iTunes
Apple has responded to complaints from iTunes users who were unhappy about U2's new album being downloaded to their music library without their permission
Dyson cleans up as profits rise ahead of robot launch
Profits at Dyson hit £382m in 2013, ahead of its robotic hoover launch
TechUK calls on government to lead digital revolution
The trade association for the UK technology industry is calling for a digital minister in every government department, and a 'smart migration' policy to attract foreign talent
Phones 4U founder accuses 'ruthless' mobile networks of 'killing' company
John Caudwell, the billionaire founder of Phones 4U, launches a scathing attack on Vodafone and accuses them of deliberately 'killing' the company
Web Junkies: China's Addicted Teens: 'subtle'
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The Minecraft phenomenon in 60 seconds
How a clunky Swedish construction-based video became an online phenomenon worth £1.2bn