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Wildlife 
Golden eagle
Rare birds disappearing at a 'very worrying' rate
Rare birds are disappearing from the skies above a Scottish national park at a "very worrying" rate, experts have said.
Eighth red kite bird dies from poisoning in Irish Republic
A project in the Irish Republic aimed at reintroducing the Red Kite, a native bird of prey, has suffered a setback after an eighth bird was found dead from illegal poisoning since 2007.
Residents urged not to feed red kites in Chilterns
A conservation board in Oxfordshire has renewed its plea for local residents to stop feeding red kites.
Operation Tree Sparrow is soaraway success
The once rare tree sparrow is beginning to thrive again in the north west thanks to farmers’ involvement in a conservation project aimed at boosting numbers of the farmland bird.
Black squirrels could outnumber reds in England
Black squirrels could now outnumber reds in England as the genetic mutant of the grey species increases across the country.
TDs plan hare-coursing ban Bill
A Private Member’s Bill is to be introduced in the Dáil to ban hare coursing.
Hedgerows direct the flight of the bumblebee
It would be quite difficult to follow a bee on foot for more than a few metres. Up, down, a quick buzz into the hedgerow, out the other side – hmm, same bee?
Poisoned red kite ninth to die
A ninth red kite has been found dead from illegal poisoning, park rangers have said.
Garden birds: Are there fewer this year?
The RSPB says this winter more people than ever are getting in touch about the lack of birds in gardens. So are they disappearing?
Dead fish found in stream off River Usk near Brecon
An investigation is under way after more than 100 fish were found dead in a stream off the River Usk in Powys.
British Isles
Environment Agency report issues stark warning over East Anglia’s future water supplies
The water shortages already threatening East Anglia’s parched countryside could worsen drastically in future unless urgent action is taken to mitigate the twin threats of climate change and population growth.
Wales environment policy Natural Environment Framework launched
A consultation on how to rethink the way Wales views, protects and manages its environment has been launched.
Wild Land Management Standards website launched
The John Muir Trust today launched its new Wild Land Management Standards website which illustrates the principles that guide its management of wild land.
Scottish communities could 'appraise' nature's services
Communities could be encouraged to make their own assessments of the direct benefits they get from nature.
Wildlife fan has designs on a better wood
A precious fragment of ancient woodland in the North Pennines is set to be rescued by a nature fan inspired by wildlife with support from the Forestry Commission.
River Loddon fish bypass opens at Arborfield
A channel for fish has been created along a stretch of the River Loddon in Berkshire to help them reach their spawning grounds upstream.
Wildlife charity to fund police unit tackling animal trafficking
A specialist police unit that fights wildlife crime is joining forces with an animal charity.
Wind energy enjoys gale force boost to power output
The UK's wind turbine fleet received a major boost last year, according to a new Met Office report that found winds were 16 per cent stronger than in 2010.
Stanley Moss peat bog secured with £1 land buy
Wildlife experts said they would be able to return a rare habitat to its former glory after buying a section of land for £1.
Millions of acres in Highlands 'suitable' for trees
More than two million acres in the Highlands could potentially be planted with trees to aid aspirations for 25% of Scotland to have woodland cover.
Global
UN panel aims for 'a future worth choosing'
Growing inequality, environmental decline and "teetering" economies mean the world must change the way it does business, a UN report concludes.
Fracking does not need more regulation, report says
There is no need for more environmental legislation in the case of shale gas exploration, at least until it reaches commercial scale, says a new study published by the European commission.
BP spill changed the Gulf's profile
For decades, farmers and fishermen along the Gulf of Mexico watched as their sensitive ecosystem’s waters slowly got dirtier and islands eroded, with little government attention or funding to halt the destruction.
A vast Canadian wilderness poised for a uranium boom
Canada’s Nunavut Territory is the largest undisturbed wilderness in the Northern Hemisphere. It also contains large deposits of uranium ...
What do killer whales eat in the Arctic?
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the top marine predator, wherever they are found, and seem to eat everything from schools of small fish to large baleen whales, over twice their own size.
Scientists reveal how females store sperm for decades
Scientists have discovered that all sorts of females – from birds to reptiles to insects – have a nifty trick to prolong the lifespan of sperm, letting them store it for weeks, months or even years on end.
Marine study in Singapore digs up 100 species
Burrowed deep into the mudflats of Lim Chu Kang is a bumpy, warty sea anemone so new to science, it does not even have a scientific name yet.
Kerala biodiversity body stops export of rare goat breed
The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) recently helped the cause of biodiversity by stopping the export of a rare native goat breed to Australia, which may have harmed the species in Kerala, a board member said.
Prince of Wales launches fight to save overexploited oceans from overfishing
The Prince of Wales is to launch a major international campaign to halt the destruction of the oceans through overfishing.
Climate
Jet
EU takes next step in making airlines pay for carbon
The European Commission on Monday took another technical step to bring all airlines using EU airports into its carbon trading scheme, following on from last year's court ruling that, despite loud international opposition, the EU plan was legal.
Genetics of Arctic plants under serious threat from climate change
A new EU study by a team of Austrian, French and Norwegian researchers has found that rising temperatures as a result of climate change will have differing genetic consequences within single Arctic plant species.
Increasing emissions targets will save billions
Major new analysis out today concludes that introducing tougher carbon emissions targets will save the UK, and other European countries, millions of pounds.
UK invests £110m in IFC climate funds
The UK government has invested £110 million ($157 million) into two new commercial funds, aiming to leverage in at least £3 billion of private capital for green investments in developing countries.
Global warming is no threat?
In The Wall Street Journal opinions section, a group on 16 scientists, including former professors and chiefs of several atmospheric research institutes, have argued boldly that global warming is no cause for panic, claiming that the mean temperature of the Earth has not changed for more than a decade.
The Arctic is already suffering the effects of a dangerous climate change
These researchers assert that the Arctic is already suffering some of the effects that, according to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), correspond with a "dangerous climate change".
Debt crisis forces Spain to halt green energy subsidy scheme
Spain has been forced to put its green energy subsidy scheme on ice in response to its continuing debt crisis, insisting the move will not derail efforts to meet ambitious EU renewable energy targets.