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Fish trade 'hugely underestimates' global catches

Fish trade 'hugely underestimates' global catches

Conservation of dwindling fish stocks is being severely hampered by poor controls on global trade, according to research published today in Nature/Scientific Reports. The study carried out by the Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre at the...

Friday, 14:43 in Environment
 
The importance of decentralised solar energy

The importance of decentralised solar energy

Morocco is being widely portrayed around the world as one of the leading countries in renewable energy deployment. The countries’ government has set one the most ambitious targets with a 52 percent installed capacity renewable energy (RE) share by...

Thursday, 13:47 in Environment
 
Where the world’s appetite for fish matters most

Where the world’s appetite for fish matters most

Sady Ngom’s morning did not start well. His nets were almost empty. There are no takers for his meagre catch, despite his booming voice luring over potential buyers. He slams his haul onto wooden tables overlooking the sea at Dakar’s Soumbedioune fish...

Wednesday, 09:39 in Environment
 
Expert panel identifies unacceptable toll of food and farming systems on human health

Expert panel identifies unacceptable toll of food and farming systems on human health

  A major new report on the damage to human health from existing industrial and chemical-intensive conventional food and farming systems was launched today by the UN Committee on World Food Security in Rome. The report, entitled Unravelling the...

Tuesday, 17:37 in Environment
 
Lions, elephants and rhinoceros exported by the thousand legally by 'trophy' hunters

Lions, elephants and rhinoceros exported by the thousand legally by 'trophy' hunters

A sanctioned trade in exporting dead and living animals out of Africa is threatening endangered species on the brink of extinction and pushing more species towards the critical list.   The legal african mammal trade is putting an enormous burden on...

Tuesday, 14:43 in Environment
 
UEA study reveals new ozone layer threat

UEA study reveals new ozone layer threat

Increasing emissions of ozone-destroying chemicals are threatening the recovery of the ozone layer – according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Thirty years ago, the Montreal Protocol was agreed to phase-out the production of...

Tuesday, 08:26 in Environment
 
How woodland devastated by Great Storm of 1987 has bounced back

How woodland devastated by Great Storm of 1987 has bounced back

Hundreds of thousands of trees – some aged more than 400 years old - were lost, on 3,000 acres across 58 sites. The landscape had been torn apart, and the conservation charity faced the biggest outdoor repair job in its history. "It was a battle...

Monday, 14:40 in Environment
 
Record numbers of birds and butterflies reap rewards of nature friendly farming

Record numbers of birds and butterflies reap rewards of nature friendly farming

Wildlife monitoring at the RSPB’s nature friendly demonstration farm in Cambridgeshire has revealed record numbers of breeding farmland birds and butterflies this summer.   Numbers of breeding farmland birds have more than trebled in the 17 years...

Monday, 08:15 in Environment
 
Bats' unique heart rate conserves energy and powers flight

Bats' unique heart rate conserves energy and powers flight

Bats use an unusual heart rate pattern and extremely efficient metabolism to balance energy conservation with the sudden bursts of power required for flight, says a new study in eLife. The results reveal a new energy-conserving strategy that may be...

13 October 2017 in Environment
 
Green Party well placed to capitalise on youth demand for climate policies

Green Party well placed to capitalise on youth demand for climate policies

One group of people who have seen their electoral fortunes surge in 2017 have been the young.  For years, political sages have warned that any campaign strategy built on pursuing their vote will end in tatters. They don't vote, and when they do their...

12 October 2017 in Environment
 
The Dharma of disobedience at Ende Gelände: breaking the law to combat climate violence

The Dharma of disobedience at Ende Gelände: breaking the law to combat climate violence

As a practicing Buddhist for the last twenty years, breaking the law is not something that I might once have considered a form of ‘spiritual practice’, and yet here I am on a sunny afternoon in late August running along a blocked-off highway towards...

12 October 2017 in Environment
 
What universities can learn from leaders in clean energy

What universities can learn from leaders in clean energy

Comparing universities across the country, GoCompare Energy can reveal which higher education institutions produce and use the most renewable energy.   During the 2015/16 academic year, the University of Lancaster produced the largest amount of clean...

12 October 2017 in Environment
 
Critical moment in fight to save internationally important wetlands

Critical moment in fight to save internationally important wetlands

The Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) is arguing the case to save Wales' own equivalent of the Amazon rainforest, the Gwent Levels.  GWT will give their final evidence to the Public Inquiry into a new motorway across a large area of precious wetlands and GWT...

11 October 2017 in Environment
 
World hunger on the rise for the first time in years

World hunger on the rise for the first time in years

Climate change and natural resource depletion are causing the number of people suffering from hunger to rise following years of decline, according to three major reports.  Record food production and falling prices had generally boosted food security...

10 October 2017 in Environment
 
Newly elected RSPB chairman warns of decline in wildlife

Newly elected RSPB chairman warns of decline in wildlife

Kevin Cox, a former magazine publisher, was elected as the successor to Professor Steve Ormerod at the charity’s Annual General Meeting this weekend (Saturday 7 October) and will take up his post with immediate effect.  A former RSPB Council member,...

10 October 2017 in Environment
 
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