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Scientists find endangered Dartmoor Hill Ponies have rare genetic signature

Scientists find endangered Dartmoor Hill Ponies have rare genetic signature

Scientists at the Aberystwyth University has discovered that the Dartmoor Hill Pony has a distinct genetic signature designed for survival. The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) study has discovered that the Dartmoor Hill

yesterday, 14:32 in Environment
 
Geology in Britain cannot support fracking for oil and gas, expert claims

Geology in Britain cannot support fracking for oil and gas, expert claims

The UK’s geology is likely to be unsuitable for hydraulic fracturing, research by a Scottish university has discovered. Professor John Underhill, the chief scientist at Heriot-Watt University, revealed that while opponents of fracking continue to focus o

yesterday, 09:47 in Environment
 
Donald Trump ends IPCC funding and 'abandons global science leadership'

Donald Trump ends IPCC funding and 'abandons global science leadership'

The now enacted Budget 2017 for the United States government zeroes out funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - in stark contrast to the leadership role America has historically contributed to the process. The IPCC also appears

yesterday, 09:47 in Environment
 
Biodiversity spending slashed by government as crisis grows

Biodiversity spending slashed by government as crisis grows

Spending to protect nature has hit its lowest level since the Conservatives came to power, even as threatened species continue to decline. The government has cut biodiversity spending by a third since 2008-9, new figures show, while progress on key conse

Wednesday, 09:22 in Environment
 
Does the Impossible Burger feed our desire to avoid necessary choices?

Does the Impossible Burger feed our desire to avoid necessary choices?

It's one of the most depressing aspects of environmentalism that pressing needs for change inevitably get turned into saleable products. As the need to reduce our meat consumption rises, so too does the number of so-called ‘meat substitutes’ - products w

Tuesday, 13:29 in Environment
 
'Flexitarians' join vegans in stampede for meat free restaurant treats

'Flexitarians' join vegans in stampede for meat free restaurant treats

A quiet revolution is taking place. Restaurants, pubs and cafes around the UK are rethinking their menus to cater for growing customer demand for dishes without meat. Crucially, these people have not necessarily become vegetarians or vegans, but are cons

Tuesday, 08:17 in Environment
 
The hidden environmental impacts of ‘platform capitalism’

The hidden environmental impacts of ‘platform capitalism’

The rise of Platform Capitalism has seen the emergence of a new business model in which companies become – or present themselves as – platforms.    Through the utilisation of digital technologies, companies like Google, Facebook, and Uber have been able

Monday, 14:51 in Environment
 
Lawson's climate denial met with 'rapid, referenced and robust' debunking

Lawson's climate denial met with 'rapid, referenced and robust' debunking

John Humphrys is a national treasurer who brings news of the latest world affairs to a bleary eyed nation with the BBC Today programme. Lord Lawson was once the nation’s treasurer, and today tours the newsrooms advocating climate denial and an isolationi

Monday, 10:04 in Environment
 
Does Game of Thrones contain a Stark warning about global warming?

Does Game of Thrones contain a Stark warning about global warming?

Many people who care about climate change often complain that although the issue may get discussed in the inside pages of serious news publications it rarely cuts through to popular culture. For something as momentous as humans threatening the habitabili

Sunday, 10:04 in Environment
 
A hard deadline: we must stop building new carbon infrastructure by 2018

A hard deadline: we must stop building new carbon infrastructure by 2018

There will be enough fossil fuel-burning stuff - cars, homes, factories, power plants, etc. - built by next year to blow through our carbon budget for a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise. Never mind staying below a safer, saner 1.5 degrees of global war

10 August 2017 in Environment
 
Former bosses tell Britain’s biggest energy firms to end fossil fuel dependency

Former bosses tell Britain’s biggest energy firms to end fossil fuel dependency

A new report has warned Britain's Big Six energy suppliers that they must change how they do business if they are to thrive in the future - just days after the government announced fundamental changes to the energy markets. The report is authored by Foru

9 August 2017 in Environment
 
How borrowing could become the new buying - and help save the planet

How borrowing could become the new buying - and help save the planet

A crowd-funded project located in a shipping container in South London has ambitious plans to expand nation-wide and change the future of consumption.  The first Library of Things was set up by three friends who spotted a ‘borrowing shop’ while on a trip

8 August 2017 in Environment
 
Indian authorities accused of 'drowning the homes of 40,000 families'

Indian authorities accused of 'drowning the homes of 40,000 families'

International support is today pouring in for the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) movement defending the interests of the people affected by several big dams in India’s Narmada valley.    A letter signed by civil society organisations from 29 countries has

8 August 2017 in Environment
 
How young people are tackling global warming - one innovation at a time

How young people are tackling global warming - one innovation at a time

Climate entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing branch of contemporary business. Environmental and climate change issues are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives. The global population is predicted to reach 11 billion by 2100. We can also expec

7 August 2017 in Environment
 
Climate change drives Indian farmer suicides says new study

Climate change drives Indian farmer suicides says new study

Climate change is already pushing Indian farmers and agricultural labourers over the edge. Temperature increases during crop-growing season could be the cause of 60,000 farm suicides throughout India over the last three decades, according to a new analys

7 August 2017 in Environment
 
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