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Stranded whales provide new clues on the threats to sea creatures’ survival

Ocean giants lying dead on North Sea coasts is a sad event, but it gives marine scientists a valuable chance to detect man-made dangers<p>A body washes up on a beach in eastern England. Then another. And another. Soon, people living in two coastal communities have five deaths on their hands.<p>Things …


Little blue penguins from Australia 'invaded' New Zealand

Australian little blue penguins, also known as fairy penguins, colonised an area in New Zealand, wiping out local penguins about 500 years ago, researcher say<p>They might be the cutest invaders ever. It seems a population of little blue penguins in New Zealand are Australian invaders who colonised …


Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth

From supermarket bags to CDs, man-made waste has contaminated the entire globe, and become a marker of a new geological epoch<p>Humans have made enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm, an international study has revealed. This ability to plaster the planet in …


Flexible working helps women succeed but makes men unhappy, study finds

Researchers find women with flexible arrangements more likely to be promoted but men with flexible work feel discouraged, judged and that their career has been jeopardised<p>Women with flexible work arrangements are more likely to succeed and enjoy promotions, while men with similar working …

People aged 40-59 are least happy and most anxious, report finds

Pressures of looking after children and ageing parents could be taking major toll on this age group, ONS study suggests<p>“Don’t grow up – it’s a trap!” goes one wry birthday card message. According to a report, this could be right.<p>Middle-aged people are the least happy, have the lowest levels of life …

Mental Health

Most British eggs safe for pregnant women, report says

Almost 30 years after salmonella scare, advisory body says vulnerable groups can eat lightly cooked or raw lion-brand eggs<p>Pregnant women should be told they can safely eat runny eggs, almost 30 years after the salmonella crisis, a report says.<p>British eggs with the red lion mark carry such a low …


Scientists warn of last chance to rid Madagascar of invasive toxic toad

New report says there is a ‘diminishing window of opportunity’ to completely eradicate the Asian toad, which poses a threat to biodiversity, human health and the economy<p>Madagascar must wipe out an invasive, toxic toad immediately to save the country’s unique wildlife from disaster, scientists have …


Nigeria ain't broke, it just needs to fix its tax system

There’s no point praying for a hike in the global oil price if you’re giving away billions in tax breaks to energy firms<p>Nigeria has lost billions of dollars because of a 10-year tax break given to Shell, Total and Eni, three of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies.<p>That staggering $3.3bn …

Zika virus: first case contracted in US was sexually transmitted, say officials

First case of Zika virus contracted in US mainland, confirmed in Texas, is only second documented example of virus being passed through sexual contact<p>Officials in Texas have reported the first case of Zika contracted in the US mainland, and said that the virus was sexually transmitted. If …

Public Health

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

Solar sector needs better power storage, grid infrastructure and government support to meet bullish growth predictions<p>Sixty years ago, the price of solar panels was astronomical. At a cost of $1,910 (£1,350) per watt in today’s money, the only practical use for them was in space on the US Vanguard …

Renewable Energy

Here is the weather forecast for the next five years: even hotter

Long-range forecast predicts generally upward temperature trend, possibly interrupted by La Niña event in 2017<p>Global temperatures will continue to soar over the next 12 months as rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions and El Niño combine to bring more record-breaking warmth to the …

Global Warming