"Natural engineering" offers a solution to UK's flood threat
Back-to-nature flood schemes which use the land's natural defences to slow river flow and reduce flooding could be a cost-effective way of tackling one of the biggest problems currently facing the UK.
Could street lights of the future be made from recycled cola bottles?
Super-sustainable lights made from recycled cola bottles will soon go on the market following an international study led by Nottingham Trent University.
Tropics release an extra 2bn tonnes of carbon in response to climate change
One degree tropical temperature rise leads to around two billion extra tonnes of carbon released per year into the atmosphere from tropical ecosystems, compared with 1960s and 70s
Suburbs responsible for 50% of household carbon footprint
US households account for 4.3 percent of the global pollution but are responsible for 20 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and many US cities are taking steps to grow urban centres in an attempt to reduce emi
Scientists warn extreme weather events will likely double in number
Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Ninos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as the planet warms.
EU biofuel policy is driving up demand faster than nature can keep up
The market demand for bees to pollinate crops to match the rising boom in biofuel production has risen fives times as fast as the number of colonies across Europe, according to research conducted by the University of Rea
Green space boosts happiness for years, new research confirms
Research has confirmed for the first time that green space does improve mental health and happiness.
Scientists use windscreen wipers to develop early flood warning system
Scientists have developed a system that can monitor the speed of car windscreen wipers to detect the intensity of rainfall and deliver an early warning flood system.
World's first ever 'Brussels Sprout Battery' lights up Christmas tree
A team of scientists and engineers from The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair has created the world’s first battery made entirely of Brussels sprouts, which is being used to light an 8 foot Christmas tree.
Even if emissions halt, CO2 could still warm Earth for hundreds of years
Even if carbon dioxide emissions were to suddenly stop, the CO2 already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm the planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research.
Research reveals how climate change affects bird migration patterns
Researchers at the University of East Anglia have found out why birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year.
Chickens to benefit from surge in biofuels popularity
Chickens could be the unexpected beneficiaries of the growing biofuels industry, feeding on proteins retrieved from the fermenters used to brew bioethanol, thanks to research supported by the Engineering and Physical Sci
New study links rainy, wash-out summers with melting Arctic sea ice
A new study offers an explanation for the extraordinary run of wet summers experienced by Britain and northwest Europe between 2007 and 2012. The study found that loss of Arctic sea ice shifts the jet stream further sout
People don't put a high value on climate protection, new research finds
Climate change is a perfect example of how people are bad at getting a grip on collective risks.
Liquid air technology could boost the role of renewable energy
Liquid air technologies could help Britain tackle some of its toughest energy challenges, says a new report launched at Parliament today.