Water voles found high on a hillside in Wester Ross
Rare water voles have been found thriving on a patch
of grassland not much bigger than the size of a dining table 700m
(2.296ft) up a hillside.
Seal of approval
According to the Scottish Government, measures introduced
in 2011 to protect seals – which included the introduction of
a strict licensing system for shootings these mammals – appear
to be working well.
Windermere's 'polluting' Canada geese to be culled
About 200 Canada geese are to be culled in the Lake
Ecologist searches for new shrimp species in Guernsey
An ecologist hopes to find previously undiscovered
fresh water creatures in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Rare plants to be reintroduced to Somerset
Two species of rare plant are to be reintroduced to
wetland nature reserves on the Somerset Levels.
Three arrests over badger baiting
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of hunting
with dogs and badger baiting.
Terry Pratchett warns Britain's hedgehogs and sparrows
are dying out
Sir Terry Pratchett, the author, has warned that Britain's
hedgehogs and sparrows are in danger of dying out after being "orphaned
by traffic, hurt by pollution and forced out of their natural habitat".
Plotting bird paths and easing personal heartache
A group of volunteers working in the Lower Derwent
Valley National Nature Reserve (NNR) have ringed more than 1,000 wild
birds in a year.
Landowners seek doubled offer to stop cutting turf
on protected lands
Landowners are demanding double the compensation
on offer for ceasing turf cutting on protected lands.
Last chance to stop Barra SAC
The Sound of Barra marine Special Area of Conservation
(SAC) consultation period has now ended, but local opposition to
the proposal remains considerable.
Policy aims to give true value to our environment
A new way of valuing our landscapes, seas and wildlife
— and the "services" they provide — has been
outlined by the Welsh Government.
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Could underground cables save our countryside from
march of the pylons?
Some of Britain’s famous landscapes could be
saved from pylons after a new study for the National Grid found
underground cables are less expensive than previously thought.
Call to halt turbines over MoD fears
Senior planners are calling for a moratorium on the
development of wind turbines in rural Buchan because of Ministry
of Defence concerns that renewable energy schemes are interfering
with vital defence surveillance systems.
Villagers to have say on 10-turbine wind farm plan
Residents can have their say on plans to build a
wind farm near the countryside village of Hemswell Cliff.
Expert's bid to restore Surrey's ancient forests
for timber harvest
Ancient forests and abandoned coppices in Surrey
could become productive woodland again with the appointment of a
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Environment Agency report issues stark warning over
East Anglia’s future water supplies
The water shortages already threatening East Anglia’s
parched countryside could worsen drastically in future ...
Trumpets of outrage in the outback
An Australian biology professor is causing a rumble
in the academic jungle by suggesting that his country should import
elephants and other foreign species into its wild interior.
Endangered monkey helped in China
China says its population of white-headed langurs,
one of the world's rarest monkeys, has grown in the last decade with
20 tons of cadmium poisoning vital Chinese river
Twenty tons of the cancer-causing metal cadmium have
been discharged into a river in southern China in one of the worst
chemical spills of its kind that could affect up to 4 million people.
India’s air the world’s unhealthiest, study
India’s has the worst air pollution in the entire
world, beating China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to
a study released during this year’s World Economic Forum in
Road runoff spurring spotted salamander evolution
Spotted salamanders exposed to contaminated roadside
ponds are adapting to their toxic environments, according to a Yale
Are nuisance jellyfish really taking over the world's
In recent years, media reports of jellyfish blooms
and some scientific publications have fueled the idea that jellyfish
and other gelatinous floating creatures are becoming more common and
may dominate the seas in coming decades.
Institute of Biological Sciences
Massive die-off of fish in Philippines
Philippine officials say climate change is to blame
for 49 tons of fish found floating dead in a lake in the country's
South Cotabato province.
Householders 'could be forced to green their home'
when building extensions
The government yesterday set out proposals for an
overhaul of building regulations that would make new "zero-carbon
homes" commonplace by 2016 and require property owners to install
measures to improve their building's energy efficiency when they
carry out renovations.
U.K. said to plan cuts to solar subsidy at predictable
The U.K. government will announce as early as next
week plans to reduce subsidies for solar energy at routine intervals
as part of an effort to curb a boom in installations, a person familiar
with the plan said.
Climate change report shows UK opportunities
DEFRA has published its Climate Change Risk Assessment
(CCRA) highlighting the challenges as well as opportunities for
the UK economy including agriculture.
Humberside hopes rise for carbon capture and storage
A crucial step has been taken in the development
of what may be the UK's first large scale Carbon Capture and Storage
(CCS) project ...
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Wall Street Journal rapped over climate change stance
The Wall Street Journal has received a dressing down
from a large group of leading scientists for promoting retrograde
and out-of-date views on climate change.
China quietly shelves new diesel emission standards
It ought to have been a centrepiece of China's efforts
to reduce smog, but the government has quietly postponed plans to
clean the fumes from truck and bus exhaust pipes.
Poland says EU CO2 goal conditional, has doubts on
A potential European Union move to a stricter emissions-reduction
goal is conditional on efforts by non-EU nations to cut greenhouse
gases, a Polish government official said.