White nose syndrome has been diagnosed in a European
bat for the first time. The disease, caused by a fungus, Geomyces
destructans, has wiped out millions of bats in the US since it
was discovered there in 2006.
With the lambing season in full swing, the RSPB is
reassuring farmers that red kites do not pose any threat to lambs.
These spectacular birds are once again making themselves at home in
Northern Ireland after an absence of 200 years.
Funding for wildlife friendly farming takes another
Following today’s Budget Bill debate, Vicki
Swales, Head of Land Use Policy at RSPB Scotland said: “It’s
extremely disappointing that pleas for Mr Swinney to reverse cuts
to schemes that encourage wildlife friendly farming seem to have
fallen on deaf ears."
RSPB asks for safeguarding of funding to deliver
The RSPB believes that Northern Ireland’s farmers
are well placed to lead the way in delivering the European Commission’s
priorities of ‘Sustainable management of natural resources
and climate action’.
European Union failing threatened Mediterranean sharks
Oceana, the international marine conservation organisation,
denounces the European Commission for blocking efforts to protect
threatened and endangered sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea,
under the Barcelona Convention.
Majority of protected tropical forests "empty"
due to hunting
Protected areas in the world's tropical rainforests
are absolutely essential, but one cannot simply set up a new refuge
and believe the work is done, according to a new paper in the American
Institute of Biological Sciences.
European leaders have mapped out a bold agenda ahead
of the Rio summit, vowing to transform development aid, help provide
renewable electricity to the world’s neediest people, and bulk
up the United Nations environment body.
Rising temperatures at Fukushima raise questions over
stability of nuclear plant
Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
say they are regaining control of a reactor after its temperature
rose dramatically this week, casting doubt on government claims that
the facility has been stabilised.
Campaigners clash over industry claims of rise in GM
Pro- and anti-GM organisations clashed on Tuesday over
the accuracy of industry figures which suggested a rise internationally
of 8% in the acreage of GM crops in 2011, a 16th straight rise since
they were first sold in 1996.
Silent in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from
Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined
the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as
their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically
modified crops from their fields.
Scientists melt mystery over icecaps and sea levels
U.S. scientists using satellite data have established
a more accurate figure of the amount of annual sea level rise from
melting glaciers and ice caps which should aid studies on how quickly
coastal areas may flood as global warming gathers pace.
Carbon capture to net €1bn of infrastructure
Experimental technology to capture, store and bury
carbon emissions in geological formations is in line to receive
a payout of as much as €1.37 billion from the EU’s energy
infrastructure package, EurActiv has learned.