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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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Nel 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, pubblicato 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, il...

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...

Sport science body to track female athletes’ hormonal changes linked to menstruation

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Highs and lows are a feature of any athlete’s career, but for some female contestants, these peaks and troughs in performance may come more regularly – driven by hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycles...

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

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Playwright Neil Sharpson’s first novel, When the Sparrow Falls (Solaris, £8.99), is set in the 23rd century, after the development of “contran”: a process for the quick and easy transfer of consciousness from one body...

The science behind the Covid Delta variant that’s shutting down Australia

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A strain of Covid-19, called the Delta variant, has spread across Australia, triggering lockdowns in multiple states and territories. Governments and health experts worldwide have warned that this variant is highly in...

Science journal editor says he quit over China boycott article

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The editor of a long-established academic journal has said he resigned after his publisher vetoed a call to boycott Chinese science in protest at Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang....

New climate science could cause wave of litigation against businesses – study

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Businesses could soon be facing a fresh wave of legal action holding them to account for their greenhouse gas emissions, owing to advances in climate science, experts have warned. Più di 1,500 legal actions have al...

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