Ice caps melting far slower than believed

The Greenland and West Antarctic ice caps are melting at half the expected rate, according to a joint US-Dutch team.

MIT creates self-repairing solar cells

MIT rsearchers have created tiny solar cells that can repair themselves after damage from the sunlight they're designed to process.   

System turns greenhouse gases into fuel

A Californian company has filed a patent for a technology which it says allows CO2 and natural gas to be converted directly to gasoline.

MIT robot 'swarm' cleans up oil spills

MIT has developed an autonomous floating robot that it says can absorb as much as 20 times its own weight in oil.

Report criticizes leaders of UN climate change panel

A long-awaited report into the Intergovernmetal Panel on Climate Change has concluded that the panel, which manages research into climate change, needs changes at the top.

A new source of energy: tapping electricity from the air

Brazilian scientists believe they have found a way of tapping electricity direct from the air - and preventing lightning strikes at the same time.

Geoengineering won't halt sea level rise

Tackling sea level rises though geoengineering won't work, and would impose enormous risks on future generations, according to an international research team.

Canadians build car from cannabis

A Canadian company will next month launch what would surely be a hippy's perfect car - one built largely from cannabis.

Self-cleaning solar panels based on Martian mission technology

Researchers have developed a system allowing large-scale solar power installations to keep themselves clean, based on technology developed for missions to Mars.

Massive garbage patch found off coast of Atlanta

Scientists have cataloged a new and enormous aquatic garbage dump in the western North Atlantic.

Americans 'clueless' on energy saving

A new study brands Americans 'clueless' on energy-saving measures, saying they expect tiny changes to save the planet.

Paving slabs clean the air

A German city is installing paving slabs that scrub the air clean of pollutants.

Human-powered car nears production

Hands up everyone that has fond memories of a pedal-powered toy car. Yup, thought so. And for those that want to recreate the experience, a new adult-sized, human-powered vehicle is about to go into production.

Government report backs controversial carbon sequestration plans

Despite concern that it's ineffective and potentially dangerous, a government task force has concluded that there's no reason carbon sequestration shouldn't be introduced on a large scale within the next ten years.

Tinted windows generate power

Norwegian firm Ensol and the University of Leicester have developed a spray-on coating for windows that acts as a solar cell.

Million-dollar contest launched for oil clean-up ideas

A $1 million prize is on offer to anyone that can do a better job of cleaning up oil spills than BP.

Climate change 'undeniable', says government report

The last decade has been the warmest on record, and there's now conclusive evidence that the world is getting hotter, according to a major study from the NOAA.

Foundation of ocean food chain in decline

The tiny algae known as phytoplankton - which form the basis of the entire marine food chain - have been disappearing globally over the last hundred years.

Climate change could cause mass Mexican immigration

Rednecks may have to choose between their love of SUVs and their hatred of Mexicans, if predictions from Princeton University linking climate change and immigration turn out to be true.

Pictures show Everest's vanishing glaciers

The Asia Society has released pictures showing the dramatic shrinking of Mount Everest's glaciers since George Mallory photographed them nearly 90 years ago.