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British Antarctic Survey gets £100 million funding boost

The Government is giving them £100 million. Credit: The Rothera Research Station.

The Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey has been given £100 million to upgrade its Rothera Research Station and build its latest research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

The Government investment will allow the BAS to attempt more ambitious expeditions and experiments.

"We have a new ship, Sir David Attenborough, we have aircraft, so we can investigate oceans, we investigate the air, we send people deep into the continent."

– Tim Stockings, Operations Director
An image of the new research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough Credit: BAS

NERC, the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training an knowledge in environmental sciences, has welcomed the funding.

Work on the Sir David Attenborough research ship Credit: BAS

"This is an exciting moment for polar science. We are about to embark on a partnership to deliver a modernised Antarctic capability, which will involve changes to all five of our Antarctic research stations. This crucial work will enable our scientists to continue addressing issues of global importance. This investment means also that we can continue to improve our operational capability in the polar regions and in the UK."

– Professor Duncan Wingham, NERC CEO

Ash trees have 'fighting chance' against deadly disease

Ash dieback disease has been killing UK trees since 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Scientists in Norwich have found UK ash trees could have a fighting chance against a disease that threatened to wipe out 90% of the population.

Ash dieback was first discovered in 2012 and has rapidly spread.

But research by the Earlham Institute and John Innes Centre has identified genetic markers of tolerance which could help breed new varieties which can survive the infection.


Video of the Supermoon lighting up the sky in our region

The brightest moon in nearly 70 years has lit up the sky.

Known as the supermoon - it appeared above the UK just after 5pm yesterday.

Described by Nasa as "undeniably beautiful", the moon is at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since 1948.

Despite the cloud many people got a good view in this region. This video shows the view from Norfolk.

'Supermoon' pictured above Rushden amid cloudy skies

The moon in Rushden tonight. Credit: Tasha Marie Beswick

The moon will be closer to Earth tonight than it has been in nearly 70 years and we've been asking you to send us your pictures of the phenomenon.

With cloudy skies expected, it's anticipated that it will be difficult to catch a glimpse, but Tasha Marie Beswick from Rushden in Northamptonshire has managed to find a break.

This amazing picture was taken a short while ago in Milton Keynes. Credit: Shaun Rhodes.

The best chances of seeing the moon are expected to be in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire later tonight.

If you have a picture of your own, please send it to


Send us your pictures of the supermoon

Credit: PA Images

It's worth taking a look at the moon tonight. For the first time since the 1940s - there will be a 'supermoon'.

It will appear around 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, according to Nasa.

We would love to see your pictures - email us at

Dying ash trees could cost councils millions

Felling dying ash trees could cost councils in East Anglia millions of pounds. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councils across the Anglia region are seeking Government help to pay for the millions of pounds it'll cost to fell trees suffering from ash dieback.

Trees that are near roads, schools and parks could be a danger to the public if branches drop off.

The situation's so serious there may not be enough tree surgeons to cope with the problem.

It was in 2012 that ash dieback was first detected in the wild in a wood at Ashwellthorpe in Norfolk. It is now estimated that just about every ash tree in that wood is affected.

It's likely to cost the region's councils well over £20 million to bring down trees that are regarded as a danger to the public.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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