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Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Battery cages for chickens were banned in the EU in 2012 Some cages for hens provide a “necessary defence” against bird flu, the government’s chief vet has said. In a tweet, Nigel Gibbens said the larger pens, which replaced so-called battery cages in 2012, have welfare benefits and offer […]

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Huge weather rescue project under way

Image copyright MET OFFICE It is shaping up to be a mammoth citizen science project. Volunteers are wanted to digitise early 20th Century weather records covering the UK and other parts of Europe. The temperature, pressure, rainfall and wind observations are in handwritten tables and need to be converted to a form that computers can […]

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Russia loses contact with new weather satellite

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Soyuz-2 spacecraft with Meteor-M satellite was launched from Vostochny Russia has lost contact with a weather satellite just hours after its launch from a new cosmodrome. “Contact has not been established because it is not on its planned orbit,” the space agency Roscosmos said. The Meteor-M satellite was carried […]

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Scale of 'nitrate timebomb' revealed

Image copyright BGS Image caption The team estimated the nitrate pollution stored in rocks above groundwater Huge quantities of nitrate chemicals from farm fertilisers are polluting the rocks beneath our feet, a study says. Researchers at the British Geological Survey say it could have severe global-scale consequences for rivers, water supplies, human health and the […]