Three-quarters of UK butterfly species in decline
Nearly three-quarters of butterfly species which breed
in the UK have seen their numbers decline over a decade, according
to the biggest ever survey of the colourful insects.
for Ecology & Hydrology
Butterfly boom for Borders as English
species flutter north
The Scottish Borders are becoming
a hotbed of butterflies as a number of species head north because
of climate change, according to a report out today.
Bittern in booming good health in England's quarries
Britain's loudest bird, the bittern, is enjoying its
best year since records began, thanks partly to a new penchant for
nesting in disused and working quarries.
Seal study shows diverse parenting styles
To most of us, one seal seems much like another. But
a new study shows they have varied personalities that lead to distinctive
approaches to parenting.
Killer whales spotted yards from Cornwall coast
Killer whales have been spotted just 100 yards off
the coast of Cornwall.
Rare tentacled lagoon worm may delay Dartmouth slipway
A tiny worm, less than 5mm long, could delay the building
of a new £300,000 slipway in Devon.
River Wear fish protected from birds by 'hedgehogs'
Devices called hedgehogs are coming to the rescue of
fish in the River Wear in the first project of its kind in an English
river, according to the Environment Agency.
Parasites outpace fish as temperatures
Climate change is taking a toll on
creatures the world over, fish included.
Rare species continue to grow in Northumberland
Pearl mussels in North Tyne have ended their reproductive
drought by breeding for the second year in a row.
The Forestry Commission and The Conservation Foundation
join forces to reinstate Elm Trees
The Forestry Commission in the West Midlands is taking
part in the Great British Elm Experiment, run by the Conservation
Foundation, which aims to reinstate Elm Trees into our countryside.
Awards given for recorders of Irish species
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has announced
the recipients of the Centre's Distinguished Recorder Award.
Badger cull in Wales decision early in 2012
A decision on a controversial badger cull in parts
of west and mid Wales will be announced early next year.
Donna Nook high tides leave up to 75 seal pups dead
Up to 75 seal pups are believed to have died after
a series of high tides hit a colony at a Lincolnshire reserve.
Killer whales spotted off Cornish coast
Two killer whales were spotted by walker Dom Clarke
100 metres off the coast of Cornwall.
Ravens seen to communicate with gestures
Ravens may be even smarter that previously thought,
using gestures to communicate among themselves, a European study suggests.
New study accelerates the recovery of hungry wildlife
A new study by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
and Conservation Grade has identified that by growing a specific mix
of flowers and grasses farmers could accelerate the recovery of declining
farmland birds and bees.
and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Don’t pander to the Westminster “growth
at all costs“ agenda
Environmental organisations are deeply concerned
that plans for a new M4 relief road may be back.
New talks on Severn barrage plan from Cardiff to
UK government ministers are in talks with a private
consortium over revived plans to build a multi-billion-pound barrage
across the Severn Estuary.
Former Medway mayor backs controversial airport plan
A former mayor of Medway has backed ambitious plans
to build a new airport in the South East despite widespread condemnation.
Secret talks over wind farm plans
Donald Trump's representatives yesterday held a secret
meeting with the companies behind plans for a £200 million
offshore wind farm near his golf resort.
GSK says turbine delay rumours are ‘spurious’
Rumours that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has put its wind
turbine project on hold were this week dismissed by the company
as “spurious and unfounded”.
UK 'needs biomass' to meet targets
The UK cannot meet its targets to slash greenhouse
gases by mid century without using energy from plant sources such
as wood, the Government's climate advisers have said.
Forestry sell-off plan overlooked benefits, panel
The benefits of England's publicly owned forests
were "greatly undervalued" by the planned state sell-off,
a government-appointed panel will say on Thursday in a report that
deals a new blow to the coalition's green credentials.
Holt Lowes heathland protected by Dartmoor ponies
Dartmoor ponies are the latest recruits to a team
protecting a Norfolk heathland of international importance.
Scramblers spark concern for Bodmin Moor farmers
Off road bikers on Bodmin Moor are causing huge damage
to sites of special scientific interest, police have said.
Dorset landfill site 'to become beauty spot'
More than 6,500 trees and shrubs are to be planted
on a former landfill site in Dorset in a bid to transform it into
a "beauty spot".
Conservation charity objects to Highland wind farm
The UK's leading wild land conservation charity has
objected to plans for a 43-turbine wind farm in the Highlands.
Plans for 2,600 wind turbine farm off Hornsea have
gone on display
Plans for the UK's biggest offshore wind power zone
have gone on public display for the first time.
Campaigners protest against Norfolk wind turbines
Placard-waving protestors gathered outside a public
exhibition last night to fight against plans to build wind turbines
near a Norfolk village.
Frog pools and fish highways in Midlands' biggest
Tens of thousands of swirling starlings, iridescent
ducks and majestic swans heading to the East Midlands from Scandinavia
and Arctic Circle this winter will get a unique bird’s eye
view of one of the UK’s most innovative landscape-conservation
Cash boost fits bill for work to conserve wildlife
A nationally important wetland in Yorkshire is set
to receive a boost to its wildlife conservation work.
Funding for Western Isles projects
Several organic projects in the Western Isles have
been given a cash boost thanks to the latest round of Rural Priorities
funding from the Scottish Government.
Plans for M4 relief road back on the agenda
Plans for an M4 relief road – scrapped on cost
grounds two years ago – are today back on the agenda.
Decision looms on first Mekong mainstream dam
Impoverished Laos is poised to erect the first dam
across the Mekong River's mainstream as it pursues its goal of being
Asia's battery despite intense opposition from downstream countries
and environmental groups.
Japanese whalers get $28m in earthquake cash
Japan's whaling fleet has left its home port for another
turbulent season in the Southern Ocean, this year courtesy of extra
money from the nation's earthquake recovery fund.
Kruger National Park to protect its rhinoceroses
Wildlife authorities in one of Africa's most popular
national parks will no longer tell visitors where to find its rhinoceroses
after an upsurge in poaching in recent months.
South Africans wait for swallows amid global warming
Wetlands — critical for the health of South Africa's
coasts and river systems — already have been degraded or seriously
altered by human activity, and experts fear global warming threatens
Former enemies influence EU governance of GMOs
The EU’s governance of genetically modified organisms
(GMOs) and food safety has given lobbyists a new role.
Evaluating the impacts of GM crops in the EU
Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts
of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems» is a
newly started EU project, funded by the FP7, aiming at producing scientific
data related to the possible environmental and economic impacts of
cultivation of GMPs, relevant to European environments.
Canada’s tar sands lobbying gets murky
A row has broken out over a Canadian lobbying mission
to the British Foreign Office that opposes the EU’s proposed
Fuel Quality Directive.
Hungry goats improve habitat for rare native species
in Iowa project
At the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt in Polk County,
researchers have developed a novel tool for restoring biodiversity
to a landscape choked by invasive species: Set loose a herd of hungry
Over 400 rhinos poached in South Africa this year
The number of rhinos poached in South Africa has risen
sharply this year with more than 400 killed, the South African National
Parks said on Tuesday.
Nisshin Maru on the move
The Japanese whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru has
left port today in what Sea Shepherd believes is the departure of
the whaling fleet for the Antarctic.
“Indigenous knowledge must to protect biodiversity”
Biodiversity plays a major role in bringing basic necessities
to the people but as it has been taken for granted, finding an economic
value to it has become a necessity, said Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairman,
National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), on Sunday.
Scientific meetings discuss global nitrogen cycle
Researchers are attending two scientific meetings hosted
by the Royal Society this week to discuss issues relating to the global
for Ecology & Hydrology
Urban ecology model 'needs to change'
The way researchers assess urban ecology needs to change
in order to take into account the way modern cities are developing,
a study suggests.
Insecticides an increasing problem in future for streams
Europe's streams will in future be more heavily polluted
with insecticides than before.
Spain ... to designate 41 marine Special Protection
On 18 October, the Spanish Ministry of the Environment
and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM), published a proposal designating
41 marine Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Spain.
EU signals flexibility on demand for climate treaty
The European Union signaled it may be open to a different
deadline for a new global warming treaty yet to be negotiated, widening
the scope for an agreement at United Nations climate talks this
U.S. climate stance is ‘blowing negotiations
apart,’ envoy declares
The U.S. view that no new global climate deal is
possible before 2020 is derailing negotiations aimed at slashing
the world’s oil and coal emissions, according to an envoy
at the talks.
Australia, New Zealand say no Kyoto
extension without larger climate deal
Australia and New Zealand, which
sponsor the most developed carbon markets outside Europe, say they
won’t agree to remain part of the Kyoto treaty unless other
countries bolster efforts to curb emissions.
U.N. Climate Conference close to deal on Green Fund
Negotiators are close to agreeing the shape of a
Green Climate Fund, which is designed to help poor nations tackle
global warming and nudge them towards a new global effort to fight
Warning on climate impact on Pacific
Pacific islands can expect more extremely hot and
wet days, saltier oceans killing off coral reefs and rising sea
levels, a new report on climate change reveals.
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Sweden, UK and Germany rank most active on climate
Sweden, the UK and Germany are doing the most to
tackle global warming, according to this year's Climate Performance
Index. Brazil has lost top honors and no nation is doing enough
to avoid 'dangerous' warming.
Forest change risks climate goal
Brazil's new Forest Code means it will struggle to
meet its targets on curbing greenhouse emissions, according to a
former environment minister.
IPCC's Dr Rajendra Pachauri: Himalayan glaciers are
Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the international
scientific body on climate change, has said the Himalayan glaciers
were "undoubtedly" melting.
French Alpine glaciers in retreat
Glaciers in the French Alps have lost a quarter of
their area in the past 40 years, according to new research.
Ruling on airline carbon limits expected soon
The European Union's highest court is expected to
give its final ruling on Dec. 21 on a European law that would force
all airlines to pay for their carbon emissions, an EU source said
Dropping CCS threatens UK climate goals - report
Britain urgently needs to develop carbon capture
and storage (CCS) technology if it is to achieve its climate targets,
and failure to do so would require unforeseen technology breakthroughs
and behaviour changes instead, a report said on Wednesday.
Buses should run on cooking oil to meet carbon targets
Buses should be run on cooking oil to help Britain
meet its pledge to cut greenhouse gases, the Government’s
climate advisers have said.
Public support for tackling climate change declines
There has been dramatic decline over the past decade
in the public's support for tackling climate change in Britain.
Human factor huge on climate change
It is "extremely likely" that human activities
are "by far the dominant cause of warming" in Earth's
climate since 1950, according to a study published this weekend
in the journal