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Beekeepers try to take the sting out of falling numbers of vital wildlife

Few creatures are more vital to our survival than bees - pollinating the world's fruit and vegetable crops.

Yet in recent years their numbers have fallen alarmingly which makes a traditional market that takes place every year in Sussex all the more important.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to beekeepers Jonathan Cootae and Brian Hopper, as well as president of Sussex Beekeepers Association, Amanda Millar.

All aboard the nation's first 'solar powered buses'

It's a first not just for Brighton, but for the country. Two electric buses - powered by solar energy - have arrived in the city and are about to pick up passengers day and night.

They're completely carbon neutral and they hope to lead the charge in a revolution in sustainable transport.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Norman Baker, Tom Druitt and Julia Fry.


Boaty McBoatface to dive into the abyss on first Antarctic mission

Credit: University of Southampton

Boaty McBoatface is to join ocean scientists on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth – known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) – and how they affect climate change.

Boaty McBoatface is an unmanned submersible, developed by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton. It was given the name following last year’s campaign to name the UK’s new polar research ship. Although the Boaty McBoatface was the popular winner of the naming contest, the ship will instead be named after famous naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

The submersible is now embarking on its first Antarctic research mission.

The team of researchers from the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will assess water flow and underwater turbulence in the Orkney Passage, a region of the Southern Ocean around 3,500m deep and roughly 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula.

Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato is the the lead scientist of the research cruise Credit: University of Southampton

Our goal is to learn enough about these convoluted processes to represent them (for the first time) in the models that scientists use to predict how our climate will evolve over the 21st century and beyond.”

– Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato, lead scientist, University of Southampton


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