Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

Image copyright Reuters The Pope has told oil company bosses that climate change threatens the future of the “human family”. The oil executives had been invited to the Vatican in Rome for an audience with the pontiff. Pope Francis said a radical energy transition is needed to save what he called “our common home”. The […]

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Greenpeace rig protest brought to an end

Image caption A helicopter arriving at the rig The occupation of an oil rig by Greenpeace protesters has been brought to an end. The environmental campaigners had first boarded the Transocean rig in the Cromarty Firth on Sunday evening. The rig, under contract to BP, had been due to leave from near Invergordon, heading for […]

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Scotland’s crannogs are older than Stonehenge

Image copyright Chris Murray Image caption Neolithic pottery was previously found near crannogs in the Western Isles Archaeologists have discovered that some Scottish crannogs are thousands of years older than previously thought. Crannogs were fortified settlements constructed on artificial islands in lochs. It was thought they were first built in the Iron Age, a period […]

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Chinese tombs yield earliest evidence of cannabis use

Image copyright Xinhua Wu Image caption Researchers found the cannabis residues within wooden braziers Researchers have uncovered the earliest known evidence of cannabis use, from tombs in western China. The study suggests cannabis was being smoked at least 2,500 years ago, and that it may have been associated with ritual or religious activities. Traces of […]

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