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Nasa launches next-generation weather satellite

Nasa has launched a next-generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts.

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Calls mount for action on 'killer robots'

2017-11-18 09:00

The diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons has issued the assurance that "robots are not taking over the world".

Nebraska to build wind farm to power Facebook centre

2017-11-17 21:21

Utility officials say a new wind farm being built in northeastern Nebraska will provide 200 megawatts of power to a planned Facebook data centre.

Officials plan to herd humpback whale out of channel

2017-11-17 19:39

Officials say they will try to herd a wayward humpback whale that was seen swimming in a Long Island channel back to the Atlantic Ocean.

UN climate talks wrap up as US stands firm on fossil fuels

2017-11-17 11:03

UN negotiations on implementing the Paris climate change agreement wrap up after two weeks of talks that were slowed down by the United States defending the use of fossil fuels.

COP23: SA's Environment minister throws shade at Trump, developed countries

2017-11-17 12:32

The South African Minister of Environmental Affairs reiterated that the Paris Agreement wasn't up for negotiation, and berated developed countries for not honouring their pre-2020 pledges.

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SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission

2017-11-17 06:33

SpaceX has postponed the launch of a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature - and the agency behind it - is a mystery.

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

2017-11-16 19:55

World leaders have shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration's rejection of a planet rescue plan.

Elon Musk's semi electric Tesla truck: Is it a good idea?

2017-11-17 09:31

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

Dutch govt sent back to drawing board over gas field

2017-11-15 22:08

The highest Dutch court has thrown out plans to cap extraction in Europe's largest gas field at current levels.

New planet could support life: ESO observatory

2017-11-15 18:27

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory says.

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

2017-11-15 08:41

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of a planet rescue plan backed by the rest of the world.

ALERT: Seasonal shoals increase shark risk along Cape Town shores

2017-11-15 11:18

Great white shark activity has increased along Cape Town’s beaches, with the City of Cape Town warning summertime beachgoers to heed the risks.

CoP23: Climatic extremes SA's biggest climate change concern

2017-11-14 06:30

With climate change being the fastest growing threat, the number of natural World Heritage sites under threat has grown significantly in just three years.

Rhinos and elephants: Australia does what South Africa won’t

2017-11-13 15:34

Australia has just tabled a Parliamentary motion to ban trade within its own borders. 

Climate change imperils one in four natural heritage sites: report

2017-11-13 12:41

Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands - nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report says.

Obama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection of climate change

2017-11-16 22:45

The Obama-era official who helped deliver the 2015 Paris Agreement, lashed out Thursday at the Donald Trump administration's "wrongheaded" decision to abandon the first-ever pact committing all countries to limiting climate change.

US to reverse elephant trophy ban while COP23 is under way

2017-11-16 11:50

Despite negative reactions to to the US presence at COP23, the Trump administration announced that they will reverse the Obama-era ban on elephant trophy imports.

Who owns Maine's seaweed? Top court will decide

2017-11-16 05:18

A fight over who owns the seaweed that can be harvested along the coast of Maine in the US is going all the way to the state's highest court.

Americans to send 'Zuma' to space

2017-11-16 05:34

In a galaxy far, far away US President Donald Trump might call Kim Jong-un of North Korea Rocket Man, but the US government will be launching a payload named Zuma into space.

Small cities choke as India remains callous to rising bad air

2017-11-15 13:21

In the northern Indian city of Moradabad fumes from burning electronic waste blend with seasonal smog to create an even deadlier mix of pollutants than in Delhi, where filthy air has caused public outcry and made global headlines.

Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks

2017-11-15 05:41

Carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise this year after a three-year pause, scientists say at UN climate talks, warning that "time is running out", even as White House officials used the occasion to champion the fossil fuels that drive global warming.

Climate change pushing Earth toward risky 'tipping points'

2017-11-15 08:00

As climate change drives up temperatures, Earth comes ever closer to dangerous 'tipping points' that could accelerate global warming beyond our capacity to reign it in, scientists have warned.

Heat on 'climate chancellor' Merkel over coal and cars

2017-11-14 11:59

Angela Merkel has been dubbed the "climate chancellor" but she now faces the real risk of Germany, a green energy pioneer, missing its emissions reduction target on her watch.

Climate talks enter 2nd week as report shows emissions rise

2017-11-14 05:33

Talks aimed at agreeing the rules countries have to play by in global efforts to curb climate change are going into their second week, with observers hoping that a meeting of ministers will provide a political boost.

WATCH: Project Rhino's de-horning costs mount in KZN's poaching stronghold

2017-11-13 13:30

Project Rhino is making a national and international call for funding to have approximately 200 rhino de-horned in KwaZulu-Natal over the next year

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