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Pearl mussel
Europe’s freshwater snails under threat
New research published this week found that a large proportion of European’s molluscs are in decline.
Experts urge end to cull of Monarch of the Glen on Royal Deeside
The National Trust for Scotland’s controversial deer cull on the Mar Lodge estate on Royal Deeside should stop, a panel of experts have said
Grey seal personalities affect pups
Grey seals have different types of personality that affect the extent to which they guard and care for their young, according to new research.
Moth found for first time in town
A wildlife survey carried out in Hartlepool has discovered evidence of a moth never before found in the town.
River Ure salmon project secures Defra support
A government department has thrown its weight behind a major environmental project to reintroduce wild salmon back to the River Ure in North Yorkshire.
Growth of unusual fungi is mushrooming
Carpets of mushrooms and toadstools are transforming gardens, fields and woodlands across Shropshire.
The Lizard Orchid - one of the UK's rarest plants
There are many extraordinary plants in the UK and, arguably, one of the most extraordinary families is the orchids.
Wildlife crisis as mallard numbers plummet
One of Scotland’s most familiar birds has seen its population halved in the past 30 years, according to a new report.
Seal pups help deliver more visitors to Donna Nook nature reserve
Crowds are already flocking to a nature reserve to see the newly born grey seal pups at Donna Nook.
Pregnancy is a drag for bottlenose dolphins
Lumbering around during the final weeks before delivery is tough for any pregnant mum.
How bats 'hear' objects in their path
By placing real and virtual objects in the flight paths of bats, scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Munich have shed new light on how echolocation works.
British Isles
Healthy woodlands 'need quality not quantity'
There needs to be a greater focus on woodland management rather than just paying attention to the number of trees being planted, a report has concluded.
Wildlife Trust to manage Peak District Roaches area
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been chosen to manage part of the Peak District National Park.
£280,000 for Great Fen Project
The Wildlife Trust has secured £280,000 to create a giant reedbed in Huntingdonshire as part of its transformation of part of the district’s countryside.
Right place needed for Seaforth nature reserve
A nature protection group has pledged its support for the Liverpool river terminal – but it insists that the right spot must be found to relocate the Seaforth nature reserve.
A new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for Wales
Wales has a new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) following an announcement today by Environment Minister, John Griffiths.
Is there a productivity crisis in Farming?
Following remarks made last week by Peter Kendall, President of the NFU, on Tuesday I looked at whether there was a biodiversity crisis in England, and what farming had to do with the crisis.
Industrial pollution 'costs UK billions each year'
Air pollution from industry costs Britain £3.4bn-£9.5bn a year in health and environmental damage ...
Red squirrels win the day as Plan B resort on Deeside gets go-ahead
Plans for a £100 million golf, housing and leisure development on Royal Deeside have been approved after the developer reduced the scale of the scheme to protect the habitat of an endangered species.
IPC accepts Hinkley Point C nuclear power station application
The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has accepted for examination an application from EDF Energy for a proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
Government to back larger-scale projects to meet local housing needs
The Government has signalled it wants to encourage new, larger scale housing developments ...
Changes to Natural England’s Executive Board
Natural England, the Government’s nature conservation advisor, today announced that Dr Helen Phillips, the Chief Executive of Natural England, is moving on to take up a new position as an Executive Director of Yorkshire Water on 1 March 2012.
Global
French nuclear power
Nuclear power 'gets little public support worldwide'
There is little public appetite across the world for building new nuclear reactors, a poll for the BBC indicates.
Indonesia and North Korea lead in deforestation
Nigeria, Indonesia and North Korea have the world's highest rates of deforestation, while China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas polluters, have the lowest, risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft said in a report that ranked 180 countries.
Rough ride south for monarch butterflies
Nourished by the most available nectars, bolstered by the most favorable genetics, the first butterflies of the annual monarch migration are filling the skies of their Mexican wintering grounds with flutters of orange and black.
Oceana proposes protecting 30% of the Balearic Sea
Oceana proposes protecting 30% of the waters of the Balearic Promontory with a network of marine protected areas (MPA) which are representative of all of the most important and characteristic habitats and species of the area.
Plans revealed for Coral Sea marine reserve
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says a proposed 1 million square kilometre marine park won't "lock up" the Coral Sea, off Queensland's coast.
States to be ranked on eco-index
The Planning Commission has finalised an environment performance-linked mechanism for devolution of financial assistance to States during the 12th Plan period, K. Kasturirangan, eminent scientist and Planning Commission member, said here on Thursday.
Energy savings deal pushed back to 2012
EU energy ministers reiterated their opposition to binding energy savings targets at a meeting yesterday (24 November), leaving a political agreement for the incoming Danish presidency in the first half of 2012, EurActiv has learned.
Scottish Water considers hydropower projects
An international hydropower project to review the effectiveness of hydroelectric plants in Africa and Europe has been completed by a Scottish Water engineer.
Renewable power trumps fossils for first time as UN talks stall
Renewable energy is surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in new power-plant investments, shaking off setbacks from the financial crisis and an impasse at the United Nations global warming talks.
Climate
CO2 climate sensitivity 'overestimated'
Global temperatures could be less sensitive to changing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels than previously thought, a study suggests.
U.S. blocks key fund in climate agreement: report
The U.S. is refusing to sign a flagship global climate fund as negotiations intensify ahead of the UN climate summit next week, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
What's happened to Guyana's rainforest deal with Norway?
Guyanese president Bharrat Jagdeo was once the posterboy for an international community eager to play up its dedication to climate change.
Drought can increase peat bog carbon emissions for decades
Drought makes peat release far more carbon into the atmosphere and into watercourses than scientists had previously thought, a new study shows.
Time running out for deal on global warming at climate talks
Time is quickly running out to strike a deal at global climate talks to save a Kyoto Protocol in its death throes and make major cuts in the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists blame for rising temperatures, wilder weather and crop failures.
BirdLife calls on governments to deliver in Durban climate change talks
Urgent political action is needed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, to commit the world’s governments to the deep and fair greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to limit dangerous climate change to a level that gives people and ecosystems a fighting chance to adapt.
Arctic sea ice loss 'unprecedented', study finds
The loss of sea ice in the Arctic at the end of the 20th Century is “unprecedented” in the past 1,450 years in its duration and magnitude, an indication of human-influenced climate change, a study said.
Climate change: Global warming influences demographic shifts
The conflict in Darfur has been described as the world’s first climate change war. According to the United Nations, one of the main causes of the region’s devastating conflict was an ecological crisis caused, in part, by changes in the local climate.
World can still meet 'climate change challenge'
The world can still prevent global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius by doing far more than current pledges to reduce harmful emissions, a UN report released on Wednesday said.