The latest stories from the Science & Environment section of the BBC News web site.
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.
Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns.
The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.
A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.
UK government comes under renewed pressure to cut pollution from diesel vehicles following the latest ruling in a battle over clean air.
Proposed changes to planning policy would be "catastrophic" for rural areas, rural housing and planning authorities warn.
The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.
The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.
Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down and inspecting other orbiting spacecraft, experts say.
The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.
The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.
The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, sets sail from its shipyard in Korea for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands.
TV physicist Brian Cox and the visual effects team behind Gravity are to create a new 3D live show using a cutting-edge augmented reality system.
High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe around the time of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.
A small study by Dutch scientists suggests a single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria.
Archaeologists in northern Greece find a skeleton inside a tomb from the time of Alexander the Great, and believe it belonged to a general.
The pilot who survived the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was thrown clear as the craft broke up around him, investigators say.
Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).
Physicists send a beam of twisted light 3km through the air above Vienna, transmitting information in this way for the very first time in the open air.
A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.
An increasing number of dogs are being transported to the UK from eastern Europe, risking an outbreak of rabies, a charity is warning.
Global warming will significantly increase the frequency of lightning strikes, according to US research.
Campaigners hope beavers living on an English river could be allowed to remain in the wild if free of disease.
Every nation on the planet, except China, is crossing a "malnutrition red line", suffering from too little or too much nutrition, a report warns.