Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health. It’s being backed by the National Garden Scheme at a time when house plants are becoming increasingly popular – particularly among young people who can’t afford gardens. In the UK, plants which don’t produce […]

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Rare kakapo parrots have best breeding season on record

Image copyright New Zealand Department of Conservation Image caption Kakapo were one of New Zealand’s most common birds, but are now on the brink of extinction Kakapos – the world’s fattest species of parrot – have had their most successful breeding season on record, according to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC). The flightless, nocturnal […]

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The history of plastic in the sea

A metal box that has been dragged around the ocean since 1931 has accidentally created a record of the entire history of ocean plastic. The continuous plankton recorder (CPR) – first ensnared a plastic bag off the coast of Ireland in 1965. The recorder also revealed how much more plastic has been found in the […]

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Extinction Rebellion London protest: Arrests top 120

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionClimate change protesters explain why they glued themselves to a lorry More than 120 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central London, amid protests aimed at shutting down the capital. A second day of disruption is under way after Extinction Rebellion campaigners camped […]

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