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UK power station owner cuts down primary forests in Canada

Drax, Britain’s biggest power station, generates electricity by burning millions of tons of imported wood pellets A company that has received billions of pounds in green energy subsidies from UK taxpayers is cutting down environmentally important forests, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Drax runs Britain’s biggest power station, which burns millions of tons of …

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Giant plants make epic journey from Edinburgh to Port Logan

Five massive tree ferns have made an “epic journey” from Edinburgh to the south-west tip of Scotland. The heaviest of the 20ft (7m) tall plants weighed in at 350kg (770lbs). The Dicksonia antartica tree ferns have been growing for nearly 150 years in glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Due to renovation work, …

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Off-gridders are one step ahead in the energy crisis

While many people are dismayed by the soaring cost of energy, a select few across Northern Ireland remain somewhat unaffected. Off-grid living has become a popular alternative in recent years. Clever conversions and floating homes are now increasingly common as people avoid the ties of a traditional property. Many of those efficient homes generate their …

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Cyclone Ian batters South Carolina in second US landfall

A policeman in Charleston, South Carolina, is pelted with rain Post-Tropical Cyclone Ian is lashing South Carolina in its second US landfall after carving a swath of deadly destruction across Florida. Ian returned as a category one hurricane near Georgetown at 14:05 local time (18:05 GMT) on Friday before losing some power as it marched …

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‘Shiny, sparkly object’ in James Webb space image

President Biden applauds the unveiling of the very first full-color image from James Webb Astronomers have made a sparkling discovery in what was the very first full-color image released from the new James Webb super space telescope. The picture, presented to the world in July by US President Joe Biden, shows a fantastically deep view …

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Remote Antarctic research stations plagued by widespread sexual harassment, with women having to work alongside their abusers for weeks, Australian report finds

An aerial view of Australia’s Casey station in Antarctica on January 17, 2008.Angela Wylie/The AGE/Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images Women working in Australian Antarctic research stations are plagued by sexual harassment, a report found. The report describes unwanted advances, homophobia, prominently displayed pornography, and period shaming. US stations are also rife with …

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Nasa, SpaceX study Hubble telescope re-boost mission

Hubble Nasa and the SpaceX rocket company are studying the feasibility of running a private astronaut mission to extend the life of the Hubble telescope. The orbiting observatory, one of the greatest instruments in the history of science, is gradually losing altitude. If nothing is done to re-boost it, the telescope will eventually fall into …

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