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Science Museum chooses fossil fuel company as new climate show sponsor

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The UK’s Science Museum has “doubled down” on its sponsorship of climate exhibitions by fossil fuel companies, campaigners say, by taking funding from a subsidiary of the Adani Group. Adani is a conglomerate with majo...

The climate science behind flooding: why is it getting worse? – video explainer

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The Guardian's environment editor, Damian Carrington, examines exactly how the climate crisis is fuelling devastating floods – and what we can do to help protect ourselves and our planet

Dune: science fiction’s answer to Lord of the Rings

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If science fiction has an answer to fantasy’s The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien’s epic saga of the battle to defeat the Dark Lord, Sauron – then Frank Herbert’s Dune has to be a strong contender. Published in 1965, ...

‘Give people money and they’re no longer poor, it’s not rocket science’: Sammy Wright of the Social Mobility Commission

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Two teenagers are curled up on a sofa, asleep in each other’s arms. On the kitchen floor close by, an adult lies in a pool of blood. Soon the police will be on their way and the siblings, who were abused and neglected...

Government must be transparent about science advice it receives

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The parliamentary inquiry into the UK’s response to the Covid crisis raises the serious issue of transparency around scientific advice – and why this remains crucial even as the country moves beyond an emergency situa...

Labour condemns new trade secretary for tweets rejecting climate science

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The new international trade secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has been accused of rejecting the science behind the climate emergency after a series of tweets came to light showing her dismissing those who believe in gl...

What would it take for antivaxxers and climate science deniers to ‘wake up’?

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In 1927, an article in the venerable medical journal the Lancet commented on the opposition to smallpox vaccination in terms that have an eerie resonance today. “We still meet the belief … that vaccination is a gigant...

Weatherwatch: science behind the ‘heaven scent’ aroma of rain

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There is something satisfying about the smell of rain. It is an aroma that is particularly noticeable at the end of a dry spell in summer. Some would claim it is a figment of the imagination but it is a real smell cal...

The Guardian view on unorthodox thinking: science would not get far without it

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In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift mocked the assumption that the scientific revolution had transformed European culture for the better. The satirical novel, published in 1726, has its eponymous hero stumbling upon...

Big oil’s delay tactics are the new climate science denialism

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ExxonMobil has been touting its commitment to “reducing carbon emissions with innovative energy solutions”. Chevron would like to remind you it is keeping the lights on during this dark time. BP is going #NetZero, but...

Science Museum to remove climate placard from Shell-sponsored show

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The Science Museum has said it will take down a placard created by a student for the school climate strikes after an appeal to remove it from an exhibition sponsored by Shell. In an open letter sent to the museum, the...

Science project reveals high lead levels in schools’ water

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It was meant to be a straightforward school project to spark children’s curiosity about water. But pupils at 14 schools taking part in the Great British Water Project have made a far more startling discovery – that th...

Climate science teaches us to love insects. Horror films tell us to hate them. Who will win?

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In Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles, a pair of chuckleheads called Manu and Jean-Gab (think Dumb and Dumber, but French) steal a Mercedes and find, in the boot, a housefly the size of a pitbull. They name it Dominique and ...

Extinction Rebellion protesters target Science Museum over Shell sponsorship

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Dozens of climate crisis protesters have occupied the Science Museum in London and have refused to leave, in a protest against the oil firm Shell’s sponsorship of its exhibition about greenhouse gases. Earlier, Extinc...

The climate science behind wildfires: why are they getting worse? – video explainer

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We are in an emergency. Wildfires are raging across the world as scorching temperatures and dry conditions fuel the blazes that have cost lives and destroyed livelihoods.The combination of extreme heat, changes in our...

The best recent science fiction, horror and fantasy – review roundup

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Hollow (Coronet, £17.99), the latest novel from artist and film-maker B Catling, is set in a weird, hallucinogenic version of 16th-century Europe. The Monastery of the Eastern Gate, built on the side of a mountain tha...

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