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Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch how the Bloodhound supercar gets off the line Bloodhound has now joined the exclusive club of land speed racers that have gone faster than 600mph (965km/h).Running across its dry lakebed track on Saturday, the British car's GPS sensors clocked 628mph (1,010km/h).Only six vehicles in the history of the land speed record have previously driven beyond 600mph.Bloodhound's achievement is notable because
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Sentinel for sea-level rise enters testing

[ad_1] Image copyright Stephane Corvaja/ESA Image caption Flying under the Copernicus badge secures the programme's long-term future The next satellite tasked with maintaining the "gold standard" measurement of sea-level rise is about to enter final testing.Sentinel-6a will pick up from the long-running Jason series of spacecraft when it launches in November 2020.These missions track the height and shape of Earth's oceans with microwave altimeters.Since 1992, the orbiting instruments have observed
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‘Alarm’ over winter flood prospects in England

[ad_1] Image caption The Royal Shakespeare Company's famous Stratford theatre is being lapped by flood water The Environment Agency's director of flood risk management says he is "alarmed" by the prospect of further flooding across England this winter.John Curtin said there had been so much rain this Autumn, the land is saturated in many places.He is concerned that floods are going to "get worse, more frequently, more often."The three months
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Leaf blowers fatal to declining insects, Germans warned

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionReports show many insect populations are declining. How will that affect us? The German government has warned against the use of leaf blowers over concerns for insects and the environment. Germany's Ministry for the Environment said leaf blowers were too loud, polluted the air and posed a fatal threat to insects.The ministry issued the guidance in response to a request by
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Climate change: Warming signal links global floods and fires

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images With homes under water in South Yorkshire, near record flooding in Venice, and burgeoning wildfires in Australia, many people are asking if and how climate change is connected to these extreme weather events. What can we say about the role of climate change in floods like those seen in South Yorkshire?There are some basic physical factors that help explain the scale of the downpours that
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Bloodhound car goes faster still – to 562mph

[ad_1] Image caption Andy Green: "The best straight-line racing track in the world" The Bloodhound land speed racer has picked up the pace again, reaching 562mph (904km/h) in its latest run across the Kalahari Desert.Its previous best of 501mph (806km/h) was set last week, after which the car suffered some technical glitches.But on Friday, Bloodhound went out early on to its dry lakebed track when the temperatures were cool and
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‘Climategate’: Did a hacking scandal slow down action for climate change?

[ad_1] Ten years ago, hackers stole thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit. The scandal, known as 'Climategate', rocked the scientific world. Now, for the first time, all the key players recount the events and what really happened.The hacked emails resulted in a battle between the scientists and their critics over climate science and data transparency, which led to a media storm, a criminal investigation,
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Black Friday: Brands opt out for environment reasons

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/Alex McBride Image caption Black Friday sales offer customers significant discounts More than 300 clothing brands are asking shoppers not to buy anything in the Black Friday sales because of environmental reasons.The Make Friday Green Again collective says discount deals encourage people to purchase things they don't need.They say this "overproduction" contributes to climate change.Instead, it wants shoppers to spend 29 November this year looking in
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Plans to build thousands of new homes in flood zones

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Towns such as Fishlake near Doncaster were hit hard by recent flooding Almost 10,000 new homes are planned for some of the most flood-prone areas of England, a Greenpeace investigation has found.They include hundreds of new-builds in Sheffield and Doncaster, the towns hit hardest by the latest floods.The Environment Agency told the BBC that virtually all planning applications last year followed its advice on
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Nasa probing oxygen mystery on Mars

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Image caption Curiosity has been exploring Gale Crater, which once hosted a body of liquid water The oxygen in Martian air is changing in a way that can't currently be explained by known chemical processes.That's the claim of scientists working on the Curiosity rover mission, who have been taking measurements of the gas.They discovered that the amount of oxygen in Martian "air" rose by 30% in