Tuesday, January 26

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Coronavirus: What has Covid done for climate crisis?
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Coronavirus: What has Covid done for climate crisis?

When Covid-19 sparked lockdowns around the world, emissions of one of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, atmospheric carbon dioxide, plummeted. But is this record drop a short-term effect of the 2020 pandemic or a 'new normal'? BBC Weather's Ben Rich explores the impact of coronavirus on the global climate.Motion graphics by Jacqueline GalvinProduced by Soraya Auer Source link
Extreme E: Lewis Hamilton helping make racing environmentally friendly
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Extreme E: Lewis Hamilton helping make racing environmentally friendly

Lewis Hamilton isn't just the world's most successful Formula One driver ever, he's also a key backer of a new off-road electric vehicle racing series called Extreme E. The plan is that super-powered electric cars will race in some of the most remote locations on earth in an effort to - the organisers say - promote sustainability and encourage the take-up of electric vehicles.Our chief environment correspondent Justin Rowlatt has been sizing up the new series. Source link
Rags to riches for cat rescued by waste worker
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Rags to riches for cat rescued by waste worker

Do cats really do have nine lives? Well this cat rescued by a waste plant worker in Ulyanovsk, Russia does.Since being pulled from the conveyor belt at the factory 700 miles southeast of Moscow, the cat went on to become a local celebrity and has since been adopted by the Ulyanovsk region's environment ministry and unofficially given the position of deputy environment minister. Source link
Octopuses filmed punching fish in the Red Sea
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Octopuses filmed punching fish in the Red Sea

Octopuses throw punches at fish and it could be out of spite, scientists say.Marine biologists filmed these interactions in the Red Sea but it has also been captured elsewhere. It's not entirely clear why they lash out but scientists say it may be a way of keeping the fish in line.Fish and octopuses are known to hunt prey together and their interactions will continue to be analysed. Source link
The surprising science behind guide dog puppies
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The surprising science behind guide dog puppies

Caitlin was partnered with her guide dog Honey last year. She says the retriever-black labrador cross has given her more confidence, independence and allowed her to socialise more often. But where do guide dog puppies in the UK come from? The BBC followed Caitlin as she went to the Guide Dog National Breeding Centre, thought to be the largest assistance dog breeding programme in the world, to find out more.This film was recorded in February 2020. Figures relating to guide dog numbers in the breeding programme relate to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels.Filmed by: Ammar EbrahimFilmed, directed and edited by: James WooldridgeGraphics by: Gerard GrovesExecutive Producer: Beth RoseExecutive Producer: Damon Rose Source link
Iceland: Town of Seydisfjordur evacuated after mudslide hits
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Iceland: Town of Seydisfjordur evacuated after mudslide hits

Residents of the port town of Seydisfjordur in east Iceland have been moved to safety following a mudslide after record levels of rainfall.Some houses were destroyed by the deluge of mud and rocks.An 11-year-old boy has told how he and his father didn't have time to dress before running from their home. Source link
Kangaroos can ‘communicate’ with humans, study finds
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Kangaroos can ‘communicate’ with humans, study finds

Kangaroos are able to intentionally communicate with people and "ask for help", a study has found.The research challenges the notion that only domesticated animals display this behaviour, co-authors from the UK and Australia tell the BBC. Video by Isabelle Rodd Source link
Prato: The Italian town turning rags into new clothes
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Prato: The Italian town turning rags into new clothes

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. But a small town in Italy called Prato has built its fortune on transforming old scraps into new clothes, particularly knitwear and wool. Could Prato represent a model for sustainable fashion?Reporter: Sofia BettizaEditor: Sofia BettizaFilmed by: Paolo Patruno Source link