Richard Ingham

Climate talks: First blows struck over deal

Major players fired the first shots in a three-way battle on climate change on Friday, wrangling over a document proposed as the blueprint of a pact.

Haggling begins at UN climate talks

Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen got down to the nitty-gritty on Tuesday.

After lull, war on climate change faces crunch year

After a year in which it nearly lost its compass, the campaign against climate change heads into 2009 needing top-level political commitment.

World Aids conference gets under way

Former United States president Bill Clinton was to take centre stage at the International Aids Conference in Mexico on Monday.

Mussel power: How seafood encouraged migration

Archaeologists have uncovered the earliest known remains of human habitation at the coast, a finding that may explain how humans ventured beyond Africa at the start of their planetary odyssey. Mussel shells and stone micro-tools found in a sea cave in South Africa suggest that Homo sapiens headed for the beach quite soon after emerging from the savannah.

‘Global extinction crisis’ as species join Red List

Gorillas, China's baiji dolphin, Asian vultures and Pacific corals on Wednesday joined the list of species hurtling to oblivion as the World Conservation Union (IUCN) warned of a fast-track ''global extinction crisis''. In an update of its famous Red List of biodiversity, the Swiss-based IUCN said it had identified 41 415 species at threat.

UN climate talks down to the wire

Environment ministers ground their way towards the end of a 12-day climate summit on Friday, squabbling over a blueprint for negotiating the next round of carbon pollution curbs under the United Nations's Kyoto Protocol. The talks gathered members of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Saving Pluto: The fightback begins

Only a week after Pluto was stripped of its status as a full-fledged planet of the solar system, rebel astronomers have launched a campaign to have it restored in pomp and glory. A petition already signed by more than 300 researchers is attacking the International Astronomical Union decision to expel Pluto from the solar system's A-list and doom it to the status of ''dwarf planet''.

The Eye of God returns

It has been called the Sun-eating Dragon. The Spirit of the Dead. The Eye of God. A harbinger of great events, good and evil -- terrible famines, bumper harvests, wars, the birth and death of kings. On Wednesday, tens of millions of people will be treated to this spine-tingling celestial sight: a total eclipse of the Sun.

Fore play in space leaves scientists unamused

A publicity stunt in which a golf ball will be whacked into orbit from the International Space Station has met a chilly reception from scientists, who say the scheme is risky and adds to the growing problem of space junk. Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov is to take on the role of a celestial Tiger Woods under a deal between a Canadian golf club manufacturer and the cash-strapped Russian Space Agency.

Robots grab the headlines in space exploration

Twenty years ago, the loss of the United States shuttle Challenger dealt an enduring blow to confidence in manned space flight yet also helped open up a golden era of exploration by machine. As Nasa this Saturday mourns the 1986 disaster, the contrast in fortunes between human and unmanned missions in space has never seemed more acute.

You too can probe the mystery of the universe

Fed up with the daily grind? Eager for something different? A little glory, perhaps? Well, how about helping a quest to understand the life and death of stars? And how about the reward of making your name immortal? Scientists are looking for people with keen eyesight, lots of patience and spare time on their home computer to help them sift through the results from an extraordinary space mission.

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