New fungal disease discovered in threatened juniper
Phytopthera austrocedrus, recently confirmed
in Britain, is a fungus infection that is usually fatal to infected
trees. It has been confirmed on common juniper in northern England
as well as on Lawson’s cypress and Nootka cypress in Scotland.
Council deny abandoned work wiped out mussel colony
Mayo County Council have described as ‘totally
false’ claims by the Friends of the Irish Environment that work
they carried out on a bridge near Delphi resulted in a rare colony
of freshwater pearl mussels being destroyed.
Author attacks 'desecration' as plan to build on Watership
Down is approved
The author of Watership Down spoke of the ‘utter
desecration of a beautiful piece of countryside’ yesterday
after plans were approved to build 2,000 homes on the land which
inspired the novel and film.
Moorland can thrive without the 'career conservationists'
Most people who live in and around Exmoor can recall
the monumental battles that took place there some years ago when
the national park committee became locked in bitter conflict with
the conservation lobby.
SSE set to build 'Scotland's first' offshore wind
turbine test site
SSE's plan to build a new research centre to test
prototypes for the next generation of large offshore wind turbines
designed for the harsh conditions of the North Sea has taken a major
step forward after the company secured consent for the facility
Endangered freshwater dolphins to be protected by Bangladesh
The government of Bangladesh has created three new
wildlife sanctuaries for the endangered Ganges River and Irrawaddy
freshwater dolphins, the last two remaining species of freshwater
dolphins in Asia.
U.S. pushes to cut emissions of some pollutants that
hasten climate change
Impatient with the slow pace of international climate
change negotiations, a small group of countries led by the United
States is starting a program to reduce emissions of common pollutants
that contribute to rapid climate change and widespread health problems.
Assuming they are substantially authentic, the trove
of confidential documents from the Heartland Institute, a libertarian
think tank based in Chicago, leaked to the blogosphere on February
14th provide an interesting view of one of Americas more prominent
agents of climate-change scepticism.
The research on the impact of climate change on crop
diseases and insect pests will be the focus of an exclusive collaborative
institution launched at the International Crop Research Institute
for Semi–Arid Tropics (Icrisat).
Leak exposes how Heartland Institute works to undermine
The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working
to discredit the established science on climate change have been
exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy
and fundraising networks.
Extreme summer temperatures are already occurring
more frequently in the United States, and will become normal by
mid-century if the world continues on a business as usual schedule
of emitting greenhouse gases.