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The Growth and Infrastructure Bill – What does it mean for the natural environment?

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill – What does it mean for the natural environment? | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
As part of its increasingly aggressive drive to achieve growth, the Coalition Government have introduced the Growth and Infrastructure Bill (G&I Bill) to Parliament. Slotted in to the gap left ...
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ANTHROPHYSIS: Artificial lighting has very real effects on invertebrates

ANTHROPHYSIS: Artificial lighting has very real effects on invertebrates | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Researchers estimate that artificial lighting is increasing at a rate of 6% each year around the world. This could dramatically reduce the amount of "naturally unlit habitat" available to wildlife, and have significant impacts on organisms that have evolved to deal with specific characteristics and regimes of light...

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Exotic army of invading wildlife changing the nature of UK cities

Exotic army of invading wildlife changing the nature of UK cities | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Previously unseen wildlife is colonising British cities but local authorities are concerned by the increase...
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Beetle declines increase concerns about wider insect trouble

Beetle declines increase concerns about wider insect trouble | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Lift a rock or log anywhere in the country and chances are you'll see beetles from many species scurrying beneath it. These unassuming creatures are often overlooked as more glamorous insects hog the spotlight.
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Woodland Highlights: November

Woodland Highlights: November | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

What can you see in your woods this month? November is a month of great change as leaves absorb their green chlorophyll and fall from the trees. Many mammals and insects disappear from view, finding warm places to hibernate during the colde...

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Stop The Sexual Abuse Of Animals! - The Petition Site

The German agricultural minister Mrs. Ilse Aigner says, sodomy with animals is just an administrative...
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RSPB Bad Weather Strands Millions of 'Vikings' on England's East Coast

 

Friday 26 October, 2012 RSPB NEWS RELEASE 

 

BAD WEATHER STRANDS MILLIONS OF ‘VIKINGS’
ON ENGLAND’S EAST COAST

 

An appalling combination of fog and winds around England’s coast this week have created terrible conditions for migrating birds, with some fishermen reporting to the RSPB the deaths of many exhausted and disorientated ‘garden’ birds plunging into the sea around their vessels.

 

England’s east coast, from Northumberland to Kent, has seen the arrival of many birds, including redwings, fieldfares, bramblings and blackbirds, perhaps numbering in their millions this week. The RSPB believes these birds may be the lucky survivors which have managed to cross the North Sea, but the Society concedes many others may have perished before making landfall.

 

One such site to experience a ‘fall’ of stranded migrant birds is the RSPB’s Bempton Cliffs reserve in North Yorkshire. Ian Kendall is the reserves manager. Commenting on the sight, he said: “There are birds in their thousands, on the cliffs, in the surrounding fields, hedgerows and along the length of the Yorkshire Coast.

“The birds left Scandinavia in glorious sunshine but as they crossed the North Sea, they flew into fog and rain, so they stopped off at the first bit of land they have come across. The place has been dripping with birds.”

 

Along England’s south coast, the RSPB has received several reports of thousands of disorientated and exhausted birds drowning in the sea. One respondent, a professional boat skipper, said: “While fishing about 10 miles south of Portsmouth, we witnessed thousands of garden birds disorientated, land on the sea and most drowning. Species included goldcrests, robins, thrushes and blackbirds. The sky was thick with garden birds. I estimate I saw 500 birds die and that was just in our 300-yard sphere. On the way home we just saw dead songbirds in the water: it was a harrowing sight.”

 

Martin Harper is the RSPB’s conservation director. He said: “The scale of these reports are truly shocking, and it has the potential to adversely affect the status of species which may be declining for other reasons.”

 

Those exhausted birds which have made it to the UK will be looking for food and may be visiting gardens, especially as the weather is expected to turn with the UK forecast to receive the first icy blasts of winter.

 

Ian Hayward is an adviser with the RSPB’s wildlife enquiries team. He said: “The first cold snap will encourage many birds to visit gardens increasingly, in a quest for food. Now is the time to start topping up bird tables and feeders. These birds need all the help they can get, so gardeners and farmers can also help birds by not cutting hedgerows laden with much-needed berries.”

 

 

The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way.

 

Click here to join today www.rspb.org.uk/join

'The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

 


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Ash dieback: imports banned to prevent spread of disease

Ash dieback: imports banned to prevent spread of disease | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The ban will begin on Monday, though the fungus behind ash dieback was first discovered in the UK eight months ago...
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Seismic signs of escaping methane under the sea

Seismic signs of escaping methane under the sea | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
A changing Gulf Stream is warming deep waters along the eastern United States and destabilizing greenhouse gases trapped in sediments.

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Defra survey – Part II

Defra survey – Part II | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

The long awaited second survey from Defra that will help develop Govenment’s response to the Independent Panel on Forestry’s report is now live. They would like to hear your views on the questions set.

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Authorities confiscate 600 dead elephants' worth of ivory in Hong Kong

Authorities confiscate 600 dead elephants' worth of ivory in Hong Kong | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Hong Kong authorities have confiscated two massive shipments of elephant tusks, totaling 1,209 tusks, stemming from Kenya and Tanzania. Representing over 600 poached elephants, the shipments are estimated to be worth $3.4 million on the black market.
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Delivering on biodiversity

Delivering on biodiversity | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Something isn't working, as the overarching problems of loss of priority habitats and species remain - that's the core message in the latest contribution to our 'Forests Report: conversations' blog series...

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Ecological Controversy

Ecological Controversy | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Controversy.  It’s an emotive word and not surprisingly, it’s use can be controversial. And in the last 18 months, there has been a great deal of controversy in the field of ecology, in...
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Government ignored ash dieback warnings, emails reveal

Government ignored ash dieback warnings, emails reveal | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The government was asked to impose an import ban three years ago, but no measures were deemed 'appropriate'...
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Soaked UK could be set for floods

Soaked UK could be set for floods | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The Environment Agency says the wettest recorded April-June period has soaked the UK to capacity, meaning even modest rain could cause floods.
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Long-billed vulture numbers recover in Pakistan after diclofenac ban

Long-billed vulture numbers recover in Pakistan after diclofenac ban | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The drug was banned across south Asia in 2006 after it was found to be responsible for catastrophic population declines...
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Mass Extinctions Are Much More Far Reaching When There Is Change In Biodiversity Occurring, Finds New Research

Mass Extinctions Are Much More Far Reaching When There Is Change In Biodiversity Occurring, Finds New Research | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
 
The period of time in the Earth's history that modern researchers refer to as the Cretaceous ended with a mass extinction that eliminated very large numbers of species. The dinosaurs were among those that went extinct during this period of time.
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Ash Dieback (Chalara)

Ash dieback the story so far: The arrival of ash dieback disease (Chalara Fraxinea) on our shores is a real tragedy. The likelihood of major damage to our native and ancient woods, copses and hedgerows seems to be growing each ...

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Natural Resources Wales – How does woodland fit in?

Natural Resources Wales – How does woodland fit in? | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

As the new Wales environmental body winds a tortuous way towards its launch next April its name has been confirmed: Natural Resources Wales / Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru. But what exactly are its duties in relation to trees woodland and forestry?

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Linking Twin Extinctions Of Species and Languages by Verlyn Klinkenborg: Yale Environment 360

Linking Twin Extinctions Of Species and Languages by Verlyn Klinkenborg: Yale Environment 360 | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
A recent study noted that most of the 6,900 languages spoken on Earth occur in regions of high biodiversity.
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US downplayed effect of Deepwater oil spill on whales, emails reveal

US downplayed effect of Deepwater oil spill on whales, emails reveal | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Documents obtained by Greenpeace show officials controlling information about wildlife affected by the disaster...
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Proposing a Vision of a New Earth - Share The World's Resources

Proposing a Vision of a New Earth - Share The World's Resources | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

October 25, 2012 - Common Dreams

The following article is based on a presentation by Share The World’s Resources for the World Public Forum ‘Dialogue of Civilisations’ 10th Anniversary Conference, Rhodes, October 2012:

 

The earth’s ecological problems stem largely from our collective failure to share. That might seem like an overly simplistic statement, but it is now increasingly evident that only by sharing the world’s resources more equitably and sustainably will we be able to address both the ecological and social crisis we face as a global community...  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/25-10


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Trust calls for 5 point plan to halt killer tree disease - Scottish Wildlife Trust

Trust calls for 5 point plan to halt killer tree disease - Scottish Wildlife Trust | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The Trust has called for an emergency 5 point action plan to prevent 'ash dieback' from decimating ash trees in Scotland.
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The Tory culture wars laying waste to the countryside

The Tory culture wars laying waste to the countryside | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: The government's 'bonfire' of regulations rages through the natural world as Conservatives protect their class interests...
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The greenest government ever?

The greenest government ever? | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Response to George Osborne's comments that the green lobby are the “Environmental Taliban”. And a look at David Cameron's failed promise to be the 'greenest government ever'. Humans and the economy need the environment!

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