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Clean air plan ‘ambitious but vague’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters The number of people exposed to high particle pollution will be halved by 2025 if government plans are realised.There will be an attempt to curb smoke from solid fuel fires and wood-burners; pollution from diesel machinery will be reduced. Farmers, who have largely evaded pollution controls so far, will be told to buy new equipment to reduce ammonia from slurry. Campaigners welcome the consultation, but say
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PM will pay to have ‘full association’ with EU research

[ad_1] Image copyright PETER POWELL Image caption The Prime Minister sets out her proposal for a special research relationship with the EU post-Brexit at Jodrell Bank The Prime Minister made the strongest commitment yet to "fully associate" the UK with the EU's £24bn research programme post-Brexit. Theresa May said the UK would be willing to make "an appropriate contribution" and in return it would expect a "suitable level of influence".She
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China launch will prep for Moon landing

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The satellite launched on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch centre China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a lunar rover mission planned for later in the year.The Queqiao spacecraft will establish a communications link between Earth and the landing mission, which looks set to launch in the next six months.The satellite was launched at 22:28 BST on Sunday (05:28
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Seeds of hope: The gardens springing up in refugee camps

[ad_1] Image copyright Marvin J Willis Viola Vale Ltd Image caption Aveen Ismail in her garden "Syria is green," says Aveen Ismail. "But here it was like a desert until we started growing plants and trees." The 35-year-old fled Damascus with her family in 2012. She now lives in the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq, where roses, lemon trees and marigolds have sprung up amid the concrete and dust."Creating a
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Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Bees play a crucial role in food production and the ecosystem The EU's top court has backed an almost complete EU-wide ban on the use of three insecticides, which studies have linked to declining bee populations.Chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta had gone to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) hoping to get the restrictions on neonicotinoids overturned.Last month EU governments agreed to ban all
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Mysterious rise in emissions of ozone-damaging chemical

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Ozone depletion over the Arctic has been much less pronounced than over the Antarctic Scientists have detected an unexpected rise in atmospheric levels of CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) highly damaging to the ozone layer.Banned by the Montreal Protocol in 1987, CFC-11 was seen to be declining as expected but that fall has slowed down by 50% since 2012.Researchers say their evidence shows