Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Landowners could be jailed for the illegal killing
of wild birds by their employees under new legislation that comes
into force today.
Guernsey bird numbers 'are healthy', says birdwatcher
Bird numbers in the Bailiwick of Guernsey are in very
good health according to a local birdwatcher.
Three whales found beached
Three whales and a dolphin have been found beached
in recent days.
Dead sperm whale found on Norfolk beach a 'health hazard'
A dead sperm whale washed up on a Norfolk beach has
become a health hazard, officials have said.
Kent whale 'alive when stranded' at Epple Bay
A whale found dead on a Kent beach was probably alive
when it became stranded, a post-mortem examination has shown.
Grey squirrel culling starts in Gwynedd
A culling programme of grey squirrels has started in
Gwynedd as the march of the reds goes on.
Wildlife trusts' appeal to count brown hares in Wales
Wildlife conservationists are calling on the public
to help them count the number of brown hares in the Welsh countryside
over the winter.
Baroness Boothroyd says killing moles is 'wonderful'
When Baroness Betty Boothroyd guest edited BBC Radio
4's Today programme yesterday she had hoped to spark a serious debate
about House of Lords reform.
Butterflies return to ancient Winchester woodland
Butterflies are returning to ancient woodland near
Winchester thanks to the work of Marwell conservationists.
Hopes for seahorse sightings in Manx waters
There have always been plenty of white horses around
the Isle of Man, and now it's hoped there could be large numbers of
seahorses as well!
Extinction fears as salmon disappear
Atlantic salmon that travel thousands of miles to swim
up a West river could become extinct there within three years, environmentalists
£13,000 trust project to convert Heath goes back to nature
A £13,000 project to transform a Knutsford
nature reserve and return it to its traditional state as a haven
for wildlife begins in the New Year.
New wildlife woodland planted in Weymouth
A new woodland has been planted in Dorset to attract
and support wildlife.
Waterways in National Park will create power to ward
off wind farms
It is a world famous region that attracts thousands
of tourists to the banks of its picturesque lochs and rushing burns.
Jockey Tony McCoy scraps plans for racing stable
over fears windfarm will spook horses
Tony McCoy, the champion jockey, has mothballed plans
for a £2 million racing stable because he fears the horses
will stampede in terror at the sound whirling blades from a wind
farm which could be built nearby.
Anger after four out of five major wind farms approved
Campaigners say they have little faith in the Scottish
Government listening to local opinion after figures showed only
five major wind farm applications have been turned down in the last
Huge new wind turbine planned that will "ruin
view of Severn"
Controversial proposals could bring a huge wind turbine
to the mouth of the Severn estuary.
UK issues offshore drilling licences
The UK government has awarded 46 new exploratory
drilling licences to firms, including Shell and Centrica, looking
for oil and gas.
Volunteers give £1m to the Trust
The National Trust for Scotland has announced that
its army of more than 3000 volunteers have made a contribution of
more than £1 million this year.
Trust for Scotland
Anti-whalers' ships struggle to safety
Two Sea Shepherd ships are struggling northward in
the Southern Ocean through another storm, the anti-whaling group says.
Moss has cloned itself for 50,000 years, study says
A moss spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands (map)
appears to be an ancient clone that has copied itself for some 50,000
years—and may be one of the oldest multicellular organisms on
Earth, a new study suggests.
Killer fungus spotted in Western Ghats
A killer fungus that nearly wiped out amphibian populations
in various countries to extinction across the world has been detected
for the first time in the country.
Gundia power project will result in bio-diversity loss
The Gundia power project in Karnataka should not be
permitted as its execution can cause significant environmental impact
and biodiversity loss, the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP)
Wildfires devastate Chilean wilderness
Wildfires sweeping through one of South America's most
famous national parks are devastating thousands of acres of pristine
Oil rigs may provide bird buffet for sharks
Heaped on a table at the laboratory, the pile of beaks,
feet, eyeballs, feathers and whole bird carcasses testified to what
may be the oil industry’s most unexpected environmental impact.
Ecuador vows to push Yasuni jungle protection plan
Ecuador vowed on Friday to press ahead with a plan
to shield the Yasuni reserve in the Amazon jungle from oil companies
after international donors pledged more than $100 million in exchange
for the government not permitting exploration.
Giant weed said border security obstacle
A giant invasive weed is threatening the ecosystem
along southern U.S. rivers and could hamper security efforts on the
U.S.-Mexico border, researchers say.
Great apes make sophisticated decisions
Max-Planck-researchers have shown that chimpanzees,
gorillas and orangutans make decisions carefully.
Renewable energy provides 9% of UK electricity
Renewable energy sources generated 9% of the UK's
electricity in the third quarter of 2011, according to figures from
the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
2011 is UK's second warmest year on record - Met
This year was the second warmest on record for the
UK, the Met Office says.
World's largest solar plant powers up
Just under a month ago, on an empty mountain plateau
in Andalusia, the last of 600,000 parabolic mirrors were connected,
and Andasol, the world's largest solar power station, become operational.
Court delays EPA rule on coal plants
A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday issued a last-minute
order to delay the January 1 implementation of stricter federal
limits on pollution from coal-fired plants, providing a temporary
win for utilities worried about the cost of implementation.
How to head off climate-change ruin in Asia
Rising, warming and increasingly acidic seas threaten
the very survival of Pacific island countries.
Delay and denial at Durban
The long-drawn-out Durban climate conference was
marked by frequent “indabas,” or informal meetings called
by the African chair, and ended in a last-minute jugglery of the
agreed text which managed to clinch the package climate deal termed
the “Durban Platform.”
Asian News Agency
UK investment in green energy stagnates at £2.5bn
UK investment in green energy failed to pick up significantly
in 2011, reflecting difficult economic circumstances and uncertainty
over government policy.
Plants show effects of climate change
The effects of climate change are now becoming commonplace
and it is amazing how quickly we come to accept them.
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