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Ecuador - Don't Auction the Amazon for Oil - The Petition Site

 

At the end of November 2012, Ecuador announced it was selling access to yet more of its rainforest in a large oil auction.Please sign this petition and help save our forests! (29,854 signatures on petition)

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New powers for you to promote woodland

Welcome to Steve Shaw, our guest blogger, who shares Local Works’ perspective on how a new Act can help you help the woods and trees you care about.

The good news is that there is a radical new law which you can use to protect and promote woodland. It is called the Sustainable Communities Act.

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Woodland Highlights: January

Woodland Highlights: January | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
According to some, the winter blues are their most potent this month. But fear not, woods are proven to lift our spirits, reduce stress, soothe and inspire us. So put your boots on, wrap up warm an...
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Wildlife in danger from plans to scrap Natural England - Telegraph

Wildlife in danger from plans to scrap Natural England - Telegraph | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Some of Britain’s most precious landscapes are in danger of being built on under the Government’s latest plans to weaken protection of the countryside by scrapping environment quangos.
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Wildlife crime 'hurting nations'

Wildlife crime 'hurting nations' | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The illegal trade in wildlife is worth billions of dollars each year and even threatens the stability of some governments, according to new research.
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Forests key to protecting economic growth, social progress - experts - AlertNet

Forests key to protecting economic growth, social progress - experts - AlertNet | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Forests must be fully valued for their contribution to economic growth and social progress, and included in the next set of global development goals, experts and officials told a forest conference. Wu Hongbo, U.N. Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the inter-dependence of forests, agriculture, water, biodiversity and people's livelihoods make "forests part of the solution in meeting sustainable development challenges".

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World - Indonesia approves landmark forest protection project @ Wed Dec 05 2012

World -  Indonesia approves landmark forest protection project @ Wed Dec 05 2012 | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Indonesia today approved a rainforest conservation project that sets aside an area roughly the size of Singapore, protecting it from destruction for palm oil plantations, and rewards investors with tradable carbon credits in the first…...

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Mercury pollution in marine environment contaminates seafood

Mercury pollution in marine environment contaminates seafood | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Scientists report that mercury released into the air and then deposited into oceans contaminates seafood commonly eaten by people in the U.S. and globally. Over the past century, mercury pollution in the surface ocean has more than doubled, as a result of past and present human activities such as coal burning, mining, and other industrial processes.

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Oaken wood inquiry live – week two

After a few days break it’s back to work for Team Oaken… “Tuesday 4th December was the start of week two for the Public Inquiry.  This morning we were in a completely different ro...
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Woods of the future

Woods of the future | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Thank you to guest blogger Paul Rutter, Plantlife‘s Woodland Adviser, for our latest post. Trees can be objects of great beauty, as well as serving very valuable purposes and functions. Why is it then that we have come to see trees in this country as either a weed that has to be removed, or a hazard, or just as a source of revenue?

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Botswana to ban wildlife hunting

Botswana to ban wildlife hunting | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Commercial hunting will be banned in Botswana as wildlife species face a sharp decline in the southern African nation, officials say.
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Oaken Wood public inquiry

Oaken Wood public inquiry | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Oaken Wood is an important case for the Woodland Trust. It is the biggest test for the future of ancient woodland since the National Planning Policy Framework came into play. What plays out over the coming 3 to 4 weeks could set a precedent for the way planning applications for mineral extraction are decided upon in relation to loss of ancient woodland. This future decision is crucial.

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'Mid-life crisis' for great apes

'Mid-life crisis' for great apes | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Chimpanzees and orangutans may experience a U-shaped curve in well-being similar to that in humans, a study suggests.
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HS2 – A View from the Woods

The first phase of HS2 (London to Birmingham) will cause direct loss to 21 ancient woodlands, South Cubbington Woods is one of those woods.The local community have shared just how special their wood is by making this video highlighting the damage that HS2 would do to the wood and local landscape:

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Agriculture Policy 2012 – a year of standing still

Agriculture Policy 2012 – a year of standing still | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
What a year 2012 was in agriculture policy – dynamic, innovative, outcome focused…  Sorry, I have frequently been told that sarcasm is not a flattering attribute but it is either that or roll...
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Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs

Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
A parliamentary inquiry has uncovered evidence that links widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides to decline in bees
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Wildlife Extra News - ‘Extinct’ in UK oil beetle rediscovered in Devon

Wildlife Extra News - ‘Extinct’ in UK oil beetle rediscovered in Devon | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The online wildlife magazine for those who like wildlife, wildlife news and watching wildlife, plus a guide to UK nature reserves.
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Dyson Award-Winning SafetyNet Prevents Overfishing by Guiding Small Fish to Freedom With LED Lights

Dyson Award-Winning SafetyNet Prevents Overfishing by Guiding Small Fish to Freedom With LED Lights | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
This year's James Dyson Award for students working on innovative engineering solutions has officially gone to Dan Watson, graduate of Royal College of Arts, and his sustainable fishing net.

Via Teapot_Barry, Ian Thayer
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Simple and effective problem solving - design at its best.

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Forests, farming, and sprawl: the struggle over land in an Amazonian metropolis

Forests, farming, and sprawl: the struggle over land in an Amazonian metropolis | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

The city of Parauapebas, Brazil is booming: built over the remains of the Amazon rainforest, the metropolis has grown 75-fold in less than 25 years, from 2,000 people upwards of 150,000. This has created a frontier town where forests, biodiversity, and subsistence farmers all suffer in the battle for land. Parauapebas may represent a microcosm both of Brazil's ongoing problems (social inequality, environmental degradation, and deforestation) and opportunity (poverty alleviation, reforestation, and environmental enforcement).

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Africa's lion population plummets by two thirds in 50 years, study finds

Africa's lion population plummets by two thirds in 50 years, study finds | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

December 5, 2012 - NBC News:

Africa's lions are running out of habitat and some populations, especially those in West Africa, are running toward extinction.... http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/04/15671643-africas-lion-population-plummets-by-two-thirds-in-50-years-study-finds?lite

 

Dec 5, 2012 - The Guardian : African lions are running out of room to roam and some local populations, especially in west Africa, are heading for extinction, a new study warns. Satellite survey shows farms and settlements eating up open savannah, especially in west Africa where only 500 lions remainBig cat crisis: Africa's lions being crowded out by people http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/05/big-cat-crisis-africa-lions

 

 

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SA to use planes to save rhinos

SA to use planes to save rhinos | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

South Africa is to deploy a reconnaissance aircraft to combat a massive rise in rhino poaching in recent years. Poaching of rhinos in South Africa has risen from just 13 cases in 2007 to 558 so far this year.

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Investment in offshore wind better for economy than gas, report shows

Investment in offshore wind better for economy than gas, report shows | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Substantial deployment of offshore wind by 2030 would boost growth and create 70,000 more jobs than gas...
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Woodland Highlights: December

Woodland Highlights: December | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
December may be chilly but our woods still offer beauty. Frost is certain to be spreading its icy fronds across fallen leaves and branches this month. Hoar frost can be exquisitely intricate, its i...
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1,400 badgers vaccinated, minister says

1,400 badgers vaccinated, minister says | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The Welsh Government has now vaccinated over 1400 badgers in the Intensive Action Area, Environment Minister, John Griffiths announced today...
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'Mount Doom' set to erupt in New Zealand - Telegraph

'Mount Doom' set to erupt in New Zealand  - Telegraph | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
A New Zealand volcano that featured as Mount Doom in "The Lord of the Rings" movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in a subterranean vent, officials have said.
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