Google completes first drone delivery in the US

Alphabet (Google) subsidiary Wing has become the first company in the United States to deliver packages by drone.

New stable form of plutonium discovered

An international team of scientists have found a new compound of plutonium with an unexpected, pentavalent oxidation state This new phase of plutonium is solid and stable, and may be a transient phase in radioactive waste repositories. 

More than half of native European trees face extinction

More than half of Europe’s endemic trees are threatened with extinction as invasive diseases, pests, pollution and urban development take a growing toll on the landscape, according to a study.

Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate

Dutch researchers have found recently announced that cells exposed to microplastics experience cell death three times faster than those that are not. With microplastic pollution everywhere, the findings are sobering.

Carbon Emissions Are Already Falling in 30 Cities

Some of the most significant reductions came from London, Berlin, and Madrid, which averaged around 30% reductions, while Copenhagen lowered emissions by a dramatic 61%, according to a new analysis published by a coalition of cities known as C40.

Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time

Boyan Slat, the creator of the Ocean Cleanup project, tweeted that the 600 metre-long (2,000ft) free-floating boom had captured and retained debris from what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Scotland Bans Plastic Cotton Swabs

Scotland has banned plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, in a move to help reduce plastic pollution in the country. Bits of plastic Q-tips get washed up onto beaches and are harmful to marine life and local animals.

One of the most remote islands is plagued by plastic waste

 The island of Tristan da Cunha is halfway between Argentina and South Africa. Recent study shows that it is hugely polluted by plastic that comes from international shipping.

Europe's largest floating solar plant opens in France

The most powerful floating solar PV plant in Europe was inaugurated in southern France on Friday (18 October), marking another milestone in the development of solar energy.

Virgin Galactic Unveils Spacesuit For Space Tourists

The world’s first exclusive spacewear system for private astronauts, designed by Under Armour in collaboration with Sir Richard Branson owned Virgin Galactic has been unveiled for Suborbital SpaceShipTwo Flights.

China's ultra low-emissions policy worked

  • 20 Oct 2019

 In 2014, China introduced an ambitious policy to rapidly reduce air pollution from coal-fired power stations. And now drops of over 70% in just three years leaves the country with much cleaner air.

UK renewables out-generate fossil fuels for an entire quarter

Renewables produced 29.5 TeraWatt-hours in July, August, and September, while fossil fuels only produced 29.1 TW-hr and that less than 1% of the UK's electricity came from coal during the quarter.

Mars once had salt lakes similar to Earth

According to an international team of scientists, the lake that was present in Gale Crater over 3 billion years ago underwent a drying episode, potentially linked to the global drying of Mars.

What happens under the Yellowstone Volcano

Recent study shows that beneath the Yellowstone volcano lies a so-called mantle plume: a chimney-like structure that reaches thousands of kilometres deep to the border of the Earth's core and mantle.

Nasa astronauts complete first ever all-female spacewalk

Previously, 14 women and 213 men have carried out spacewalks. The first woman was the Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who went outside the USSR’s Salyut 7 space station in 1984.