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BBC Science and Environment

Antarctic science archive unlocked
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Nasa emails spanner into space
Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes'
Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".

The Ecologist

EU Trade Secrets Directive - a threat to health, environment, human rights
The new Commission may have dropped environmental protection from its 2015 work plan - but it's pressing ahead with a new Directive to protect corporate secrecy, threatening consumers,...

Closing the gate on GMO and the criminal transatlantic trade agreement
A key element of the TTIP is the deregulation genetically modified seeds and plants for cultivating in European soils, writes Julian Rose. This alone is reason enough for us to reject it - but...

2014 badger cull failed - but the cull goes on
England's 2014 badger cull has failed to meet key targets for effectiveness with such low numbers of animals shot that TB spread is likely to be increased. But Defra boss Liz Truss insists the...

All over the world, renewables are beating nuclear
As flagship nuclear projects run into long delays and huge cost overruns, solar and wind power are falling in price, writes David Elliott. Renewables already supply twice as much power as nuclear....

Antarctica: warming ocean trebles glacial melt
As temperatures rise in the Southern Ocean, warmer currents are eroding the Antarctic ice sheet from below, writes Tim Radford - causing the melting rate to treble in two decades to 83 billion...

World Resources Institute

Expanding Climate Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean
Representatives of governments, financial institutions, business, academia and civil society groups from Latin America and the Caribbean met outside the negotiations at the Lima climate conference...

Going in the Right Direction?
This working paper explores local finance structures in Nepal, the Philippines, Uganda and Zambia. It highlights challenges and good practices in channeling funding to communities that are...

New Solar Policy Gives Boost to India's Energy Market
This blog post originally appeared in Clean Technica on December 18, 2014. India is facing down one of the key challenges confronting developing economies: Can it reduce power-sector...

ADVISORY: Transforming Transportation 2015: Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity
ADVISORY: Transforming Transportation 2015: Smart Cities for Shared ProsperityDecember 18, 2014 From climate change to poverty reduction, 2015 is a year of immense opportunity to advance progress...

Behind the Scenes at the Lima Climate Conference with WRI
This month I attended the UN climate conference for the first time after years of following from afar. Observing 10 days of the two-week COP20 process in Lima, I learned that while the...

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