Hundreds of owl nest boxes go up in Somerset
A total of 334 barn owl nest boxes are being put up
across Somerset to encourage more breeding pairs and monitor the bird's
Advisers warned government on badger cull
UK badger culling plans could kill tens of thousands
of the animals, worsen the cattle tuberculosis problem, and put the
country in breach of a European wildlife treaty, advisers have warned.
Fears 'entire clans' may be wiped out with badger cull
The Government's plan to cull badgers could wipe out
"entire clans" of the animals in their heartland in the
South West, according to experts.
is North Devon
Campaigners defeat housing threat to red squirrels'
last urban sanctuary
A display of people power appears to have protected
the future of wildlife at a unique city nature reserve, including
England's last remaining urban red squirrel population.
The gloves are off at RSPB reserves
With spring approaching, the brown hares of the UK
are starting to ‘box’, and the we're encouraging people
to head to our nature reserves to see the opening bouts of these amazing
New hope for rare butterfly
Work is taking place to make the Malvern Hills a better
habitat for an increasingly rare butterfly species.
Forest visitors warned of moth threat to Scots pines
Highland nature lovers have been warned not to remove
tree material to help prevent the spread of a giant moth which could
destroy Scotland's pine forests.
Plants' natural circadian rhythm genes revealed
A gene that triggers plants to become dormant at night
and controls flowering has been discovered by scientists.
Woodlark return to Tunbridge Wells
Woodlark have returned to RSPB Broadwater Warren nature
reserve, thanks to the conservation charity’s restoration efforts
on the site.
Drought warning for East Midlands
Drought conditions are highly likely to affect large
parts of the East Midlands if dry weather continues, the Environment
Safeguarding future of river for angling and wildlife
Wildlife and anglers are to benefit from a project
to improve and protect an important wildlife and course fish habitat
on the River Nene.
Hundreds of turbines to be built across the Highlands
The most spectacular landscape in Britain, across
the Highlands and Islands, is also the best place for wind farms
with the number of turbines set to multiply by five times if ambitious
plans to make the mountains a centre for generating electricity
Burcote Wind plans 10 wind farms in Scotland
Burcote Wind plans to invest £1 billion in
10 wind farms across Scotland, which could create nearly 600 jobs.
'Grave concern' over plans for more turbines in Belford
Villagers face the prospect of 25 massive wind turbines
on their doorstep after a second scheme for their area emerged
E.ON reassesses biomass plan as Bristol plant gets
E.ON has started revising plans to build a 150MW
biomass power station in North Somerset, after the government today
granted consent for the green power plant.
£120m project powers ahead
Construction started this week on a £120m plant
that will turn waste wood into electricity on the edge of Sheffield,
creating a new landmark next to the M1.
Dearne Valley gets new wetland nature reserve
A new nature wetland reserve will be created in a
South Yorkshire valley.
RSPB raises concerns over Natural England statement
The RSPB has today (9 March 2012) raised a number
of concerns about a Natural England statement which confirms the
resolution of a dispute about management practices with Walshaw
Moor in the Pennines.
Brecon Beacons National Park bids to becomes Wales’
first International Dark Sky Reserve
The star-filled nights of yesteryear are vanishing
in a yellow haze of artificial light across the world – but
a Welsh national park is bidding for special protection status to
avoid a similar fate.
Half the world's seabirds are in decline, says report
The populations of almost half of the world's seabirds
are thought to be in decline, according to a study published in Bird
Japan says 'sabotage' hurt whaling hunt
Japan says its whaling fleet ended its annual antarctic
hunt with just a third of its target catch of more than 900 whales,
and blamed "sabotage" by activists.
Investigation following new evidence against APP
In the space of a week the National Geographic Society
(NGS) has publicly broken ties with Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) and
the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has
called for an investigation after a Greenpeace report revealed the
company was illegally logging protected tree species.
Birds' diverse traits survive Amazon fires
Research in the Amazon has shown that wildfires are
less of a threat to the functional diversity of rainforest birds than
you might expect.
Carnivores pick meats over sweets
Many meat-eating animals have lost their ability to
taste sugars over the course of evolution.
Researchers doubt oilsands-damaged land can be restored
to what it was
In a small corner of the vast scrape the oilsands have
left on northern Alberta, a small sampling of seeds is gradually warming
up in the slow boreal spring.
Task Force suggests underground mining in Western Ghats
A task force, appointed by the steel ministry, is pitching
for underground mining in the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats
by citing the example of Kiruna Mines in Sweden which boasts of the
largest and most modern underground iron ore mine in the world.
Retreating ice leaves glacial species
on the rocks
The rapid retreat of glaciers is
one of the most visible signs of Earth's changing climate, but the
disappearance of the ice is altering far more than physical landscape.
Poland’s climate veto leaves frustration in
Poland’s decision to veto climate milestones
for 2030 and 2040 has angered environmental groups and left policy
makers and investors exasperated.
UK opposes 2030 renewable energy target
The UK government wants nuclear power to be given
parity with renewables in Europe, in a move that would significantly
boost atomic energy in Britain but downgrade investment in renewable
generation, according to a leaked document seen by the Guardian.
Aviation firms urge EU to reconsider ETS
Seven leading European aviation companies have written
to European political leaders warning about the implications of
a recently introduced EU carbon tax, the Financial Times reported
today (12 March).
Germany harnesses green power in desolate east
Germany's solution to a large part of its energy
dilemma may lie in a muddy field in desolate, windswept flatlands
in the northeast.
Greenland ice melt seen at lower temperatures: study
The complete melt of the Greenland ice sheet could
occur at lower global temperatures than previously thought, a study
in the journal
Nature Climate Change showed on Sunday,
increasing the threat and severity of a rise in sea level.
Ice on U.S. Great Lakes has decreased by 71 percent
The average amount of ice covering the U.S. Great
Lakes has dropped by 71 percent over the past 40 winters, with ice
coverage on the largest of the lakes, Superior, dropping by 79 percent,
according to a report from the American Meteorological Society.
Tar sands emit more carbon than previously estimated
Environmentalists have targeted the oil-producing
tar sands in Canada in part because its crude comes with heftier
carbon emissions than conventional sources.
Global warming threat to coral reefs: can some species
Coral reefs are among the ecosystems most severely
threatened by global warming, but hopeful new evidence has emerged
that some coral species may be able to adapt to warmer oceans.
Climate change threatens Seychelles habitat
Bursts of torrential rain lash the idyllic white
beaches of the Seychelles, where conservationists fear that rare
species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate