Science

An uncrewed Blue Origin mission came to an abrupt end when the capsule’s emergency escape system was triggered by a failure on its booster rocket. The capsule was carrying a payload of research items and returned to Earth, though the New Shepherd rocket “impacted the ground” according to the company. The Federal Aviation Administration, which
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Throughout August, wildfires raged across parts of China, triggered by a record long heatwave and drought. Thousands of firefighters were mobilised across the country. Around the south-western city of Chongqing, which was one of the worst-hit areas, local off-road motorcyclists joined the effort, transporting emergency workers and essential supplies to areas that were otherwise hard
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Around 8,500 cyclists prevented motorists from using a stretch of Germany’s autobahn, during a protest calling for better public transport and cycle lanes. The demonstration took place between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden – a distance of 40km (25 miles). It was organised by Verkehrswende Hessen – a group seeking to make transport in the German state
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Forecasts of rain have been welcomed by many gardeners following the UK heatwave but planting for increasingly drier and warmer weather is now a consideration. Visionary plantswoman Beth Chatto OBE, a multi-gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea, pioneered the idea of choosing the right plants for the right conditions. Her legacy lives on at Elmstead
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Kenya’s Wildlife and Tourism ministry says that climate change is now a bigger threat to elephant conservation than poaching. In the past year, the country has recorded 179 elephant deaths due to the ongoing drought affecting the Horn of Africa. Following consecutive seasons of poor rains, rivers and water pans have dried up and grasslands
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A large grass fire covering at least eight hectares (20 acres) of land was declared a major incident in Surrey on Sunday. Several fire engines attended the scene at Hankley Common, near Farnham. There were separate blazes in Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Thamesmead in London, where fire engines, a fire boat and about 65 firefighters dealt
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