The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
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The threat posed by the development of rice and palm oil plantations to mangroves in South-East Asia has been underestimated, a study suggests.
The government is to create a marine reserve almost as big as the UK in the Atlantic waters of Ascension Island.
A goat and tiger live in the same enclosure at a Russian safari park but how long can it last?
The pull of gravity on a distant star can now be measured more accurately, shedding light on other worlds, say astronomers.
The number of pups born at England's largest seal colony drops for the first time after nine years of rapid growth.
US researchers design a "molten glass sewing machine" by combining 3D printing of glass with a mathematical model of the looping liquid threads.
British astronaut Tim Peake delivers a New Year message from the International Space Station.
Long-standing weather records have been smashed by a stormy, yet warm December, the Met Office's early figures suggest.
Africa's rhino population could face extinction within 10 years, animal welfare experts warn.
Unearthing a Roman 'nerve centre' in Spain
Doctors and nurses involved in the fight against the world's worst outbreak of Ebola have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.
Nasa warns that the effects of the current El Nino weather phenomenon could be as bad as that of 1998, the strongest on record.
Clive Coleman investigates the statutes that have their origins in the Cold War space race.
Ten of millions of people will face hunger, water shortages and disease in 2016 as the impacts of a powerful El Nino linger into 2016.
The possibilities exciting our science team in the coming year
Files released by the National Archives shed light on how prime ministers viewed an official souvenir of moon dust that was given to the country by the US.
Should we cover the Sahara desert with solar panels?
Patients needing surgery to reconstruct body parts such as noses and ears could soon be able to have treatment using cartilage which has been grown in a lab.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, two years after the epidemic began there.
A 2m-tall flower, known for its pungent odour which has been likened to rotting flesh, blooms in South Australia's Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.