Government mugging of England’s wildlife protection
Not content with proposing to sell off vast swathes
of the Public Forest Estate and introducing a presumption in favour
of ‘sustainable development’ in their planning bill, the
‘greenest government ever’ has bowed again to pressure
from developers ...
Pheasant releasing is the driving force for retaining
hedges rich in wildlife
New research by the Hampshire based Game and Wildlife
Conservation Trust shows that pheasant releasing is one of the main
incentives for managing and planting hedgerows in England, thereby
conserving a wide range of wildlife.
British butterflies are heading north as global temperatures
rise, new research suggests.
The study, published in the journal Molecular Ecology, reveals
that climate change is causing certain species to move and adapt to
a range of new habitats.
George Osborne is not a climate sceptic, the Energy
and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, was obliged to pronounce
yesterday, in the face of growing criticism of the Chancellor's
commitment to Britain's environmental agenda and in particular to
UK plans to combat global warming.
Scientists set to revise species count from 10 million
to 100 million
Evolutionary biologists have long-since believed there
are about 10 million different species on earth, but that figure is
set to be revised upwards, with predictions it could be as high as
New EU fisheries fund: a shift towards sustainability?
On Friday 2 December, the European Commission has made
a step in retargeting EU fisheries subsidies towards sustainable fishing
and supporting marine life and ecosystems, while increasing transparency
and conditionality of the fund.
U.N. climate chief sees air clearing
on cut pledges
The U.N.'s climate chief said on
Saturday she believes countries can snap the deadlock that has lasted
for years and sign up to fresh and binding commitments to cut greenhouse
gases, after a week of climate talks between nearly 200 countries.
China gave U.N. climate talks a lift on Friday by
confirming it may sign up to a legally binding deal to cut emissions
of heat-trapping gases, a move that could help rescue talks about
the future of the Kyoto Protocol, observers said.
Japan believes extending Kyoto Protocol emission
cuts is not nearly enough to tackle the greenhouse gas blamed for
global warming and is looking for a fresh deal that covers all major
emitters, its climate envoy said Friday.
India said the world should concentrate on extending
the Kyoto Protocol limiting greenhouse gases, joining the U.S. and
China in rejecting a European Union proposal for talks aimed at
drawing up a new treaty.
The Arctic has entered a new era. The region has
shifted to conditions of warmer air and water, less ice cover on
the sea and more vegetation growing on land, says an international
team of scientists in this year's Arctic Report Card