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Cocktail of pesticides increases bee deaths, says study - 10/22/2012 - Farmers Weekly

Cocktail of pesticides increases bee deaths, says study - 10/22/2012 - Farmers Weekly | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Chronic exposure to two farming pesticides kills worker bees and damages their ability to forage for food, says a new study...
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organic-world.net - News

organic-world.net - News | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

New study shows organic farming enhances soil carbon stocks and sequesters more atmospheric carbon per year than conventional farming.

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Once this landscape was a pristine wilderness roamed by deer now it's 'the most destructive industrial project on earth'

Once this landscape was a pristine wilderness roamed by deer now it's 'the most destructive industrial project on earth' | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Lush green forests once blanketed an area of the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada, larger than England and environmentalists say it's the most destructive industrial project on earth.
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Cities can get greener by 2030 as new urban areas built -UN - AlertNet

Cities can get greener by 2030 as new urban areas built -UN - AlertNet | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The world's urban areas will more than double in size by 2030, presenting an opportunity to build greener and healthier cities...
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Tell Owen

Tell Owen | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Help send a quick, clear and personal message to Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment via Defra, saying what should be next for forests.

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Crackdown on cattle movement and TB testing announced

Crackdown on cattle movement and TB testing announced | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
New rules to take effect on 1 January 2013, and are 'move in the right direction' according to lead opponent of badger cull (RT @Toadontheroad: Crackdown on cattle movement and TB testing announced http://t.co/F3sfd8un...
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Severn Barrage Back On The Agenda

The Severn Barrage Back On the Agenda 

 

After meetings with backers of the proposed Severn Barrage and Peter Hain MP, the Marine Conservation Society and other NGOs raise concerns about unacceptable environmental impacts

 

Hard on the heels of a meeting a group of NGOs – including the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) – had with Peter Hain MP and representatives of Hafren Power (promoters of the Severn barrage) on Tuesday in London, MCS last night attended presentations given by Professor Roger Falconer and David Evans of Arup where further details about the proposal were released.

 

Professor Falconer – a Regional Board member of Hafren Power and Professor of Water Management at Cardiff University – stated that as soon as the proposal receives backing from the UK Government, several sovereign funds from around the world are poised to invest in the project. Proposed costs vary, but may be as much as £34billon.

 

The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive sets a target for the UK to achieve 15% of its energy consumption from renewable resources by 2020, and Professor Falconer stated that the barrage will not be in place by then to contribute to meeting this target. Even so, the UK Government has stated it will be “a huge challenge” to comply with this legal requirement.

Professor Falconer said that Hafren Power had revisited previous proposals for a barrage and had opted for a design that, although it contained four times as many turbines (1026) as before, “they had been designed to be more fish friendly”. However, NGOs present were sceptical about this and asked for Professor Falconer’s research to be released and peer-reviewed in order to gain a better understanding of Hafren Power’s proposal.

 

This echoed the requests made by the NGOs at Tuesday’s meeting with Peter Hain MP and Hafren Power. MCS Pollution Programme Manager, Dr Robert Keirle and the other NGO’s say that to date there is insufficient information to assess the extent to which the claims by Hafren Power that their proposal would be less damaging may actually be the case. The group is deeply concerned that the MP for Neath has been quoted in the media stating that the proposal will be benign or even beneficial to wildlife.

 

They set out a series of key challenges for Mr Hain and leaders of the consortium which is developing the plans, to address the very serious potential impacts of their proposals. They stressed that it is imperative that they seek independent, peer-reviewed assessments of the nature and scale of the impacts; in particular on the many fish species that live in and pass through the estuary, and on the geomorphology of the estuary which will dictate how habitats, birds and flood risk would be affected by the proposal.

 

All the NGOs recognise that there is an urgent need to tackle climate change and that renewable electricity generation is a vital part of the solution. However, inappropriately designed or located renewable energy developments can cause serious and irreparable harm to wildlife. For energy generation to be labelled 'green', it must not only be renewable, but also avoid unacceptable damage to wildlife and the ecosystems upon which it depends.

The NGOs will be submitting a document to Mr. Hain and the consortium setting out the key areas of concern and the work that needs to be done to assess the scale of the impact of the proposal.

 

Dr Robert Keirle, MCS Pollution Programme Manager says: “Although it was an encouraging wide-ranging meeting on Tuesday, Hafren Power must now follow up on their fine words with definite actions. We’ve been given a high-level overview of their proposed barrage, but we need to see the detail and for them to support their assertions that the numerous impacts on the marine environment will be minimal.”

 

The Severn Estuary is one of the largest estuaries in Europe and is of international importance for its wildlife and is a unique landscape. Its saltmarshes and mudflats are used by 69,000 birds each winter, its waters support over one hundred fish species and vast numbers of invertebrates, and the estuary is a vital migration route for fish including salmon and eel.

 

In 2010, a Government study into the feasibility of building a barrage across the Severn confirmed that the impacts of a conventional 'high head' barrage could be catastrophic, including the local extinction of some species of fish and an increase in flood risk over an area of 370 square kilometres containing 45,000 residential properties. This highlights the fact that barrage construction in the Severn Estuary could have unacceptable impacts that would damage wildlife and disrupt the lives of those who and live and work around the estuary for decades if not centuries to come.

 

 

Editor’s Notes

 

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the only national UK charity dedicated to the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment.

MCS provides information and guidance on many aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide (www.goodbeachguide.co.uk), the Good Fish Guide relating to sustainable seafood, as well as promoting public participation in volunteer projects such as MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend and Basking Shark Watch. For further information go to www.mcsuk.org

 


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#Dolphins stay awake for 15 days by sleeping with one half of brain - Telegraph

#Dolphins stay awake for 15 days by sleeping with one half of brain - Telegraph | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Dolphins can stay alert and active for 15 days or more by sleeping with one half of their brain at a time, scientists have learned. (Hybrid minds, or daft typo?

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Extinction from global warming: Changing interactions between species may be more dangerous than high temperatures alone

Extinction from global warming: Changing interactions between species may be more dangerous than high temperatures alone | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
A new study reviewed 136 case studies to determine the underlying causes of why many populations have gone extinct due to changing climate.

October 17, 2012 - Science Daily

 

 


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Dire drought ahead, may lead to massive tree death

Dire drought ahead, may lead to massive tree death | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
New evidence suggests recent droughts could be the new normal. This is especially bad news for America's forests.
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Pilot Plans Intercontinental Trip Using Plastics For Fuel

Pilot Plans Intercontinental Trip Using Plastics For Fuel | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
From Mother Nature Network's John Platt: Discarded plastics choke our oceans and waterways, but what if they could be used to fly over the oceans instead?
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Why the world needs a renaissance of small farming

Why the world needs a renaissance of small farming | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Colin Tudge: The greed for profit is ruining agriculture – and the world – but the trend for local shops and farmers' markets offers real hope...

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5000 Mile Project: When is a wood not a wood? | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs

5000 Mile Project: When is a wood not a wood? | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
We have all been taught the merits of planting trees. One by one, “The Man Who Planted Trees” popped fat acorns into the bare hill sides of Provence in Jean Giono's spirtiual tale.
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Easily the best thing you'll hear all week: a beluga whale mimicking human speech

Easily the best thing you'll hear all week: a beluga whale mimicking human speech | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Holy warbling whales, this is GLORIOUS. For the first time ever, researchers have presented audio evidence of a cetacean (a beluga whale by the name of "NOC") spontaneously mimicking human speech.

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Announcement due on badger cull

Announcement due on badger cull | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The government is to make a statement to Parliament on the proposed cull of of thousands of badgers, amid reports it may be delayed.
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Environment groups challenge George Osborne over 'deeply offensive' Taliban slur claims - Telegraph

Environment groups challenge George Osborne over 'deeply offensive' Taliban slur claims - Telegraph | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Britain's leading environmental campaign groups have challenged George Osborne over "deeply offensive" claims he refers to the green lobby as the "environmental Taliban".
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America threatened by sea species hitching a ride on tsunami debris - Telegraph

America threatened by sea species hitching a ride on tsunami debris - Telegraph | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Sea creatures found to be hitchhiking on debris swept across the Pacific Ocean by the Japanese tsunami pose a threat to sealife in Canada and the United States.
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Cost of badger cull may force U-turn

Cost of badger cull may force U-turn | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Badger populations in Gloucestershire and Somerset far higher than initial estimates, meaning cull may prove too expensive...
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83% of Madagascar’s palms near extinction - and 20,219 other species

83% of Madagascar’s palms near extinction - and 20,219 other species | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Hyderabad, India – Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the...

October 17, 2012 Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

“The high extinction risk faced by Madagascar’s palms reflects the decline in these forests, which threatens all of the remarkable wildlife that occurs there.”

Forests have been rapidly shrinking as land is being cleared for agriculture and logging.

“The figures on Madagascar’s palms are truly terrifying, especially as the loss of palms impacts both the unique biodiversity of the island and its people,” says Dr Jane Smart, Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group. “This situation cannot be ignored.”

...http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/?11273/Madagascars-palms-near-extinction

 

BBC: Madagascar palm trees at risk of extinction, study finds... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19985536


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Record number of SA rhinos killed

Record number of SA rhinos killed | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Poachers have killed a record number of rhinos in South Africa this year, with 455 slaughtered so far, the government says.

 

Only 13 rhinos were killed in 2007 but this rose sharply to 448 in 2011 - more than in any previous year.

 

Poaching is being driven by the soaring price of rhino horn, which is used in traditional medicine in Asian countries such as China and Vietnam.

 

South Africa has about 20,000 rhinos, or 90% of all the rhinos in Africa.

 

Most of the rhinos - 272 of the 455 - were killed in the world-famous Kruger National Park, the government's environmental affairs department said.

 

Efforts to curb poaching were continuing, with 207 people arrested so far this year, it added.


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BEE 1

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Bees bees beautiful bees - find out more about these amazing little creatures, why they are in trouble and what little things you can do to help them

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Caribbean coral reefs face collapse

Caribbean coral reefs face collapse | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it

Caribbean coral reefs – which make up one of the world’s most colourful, vivid and productive ecosystems – are on the verge of collapse, with less than 10% of the reef area showing live coral cover.


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The Great Storm’s lessons in nature

The Great Storm’s lessons in nature | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
In October 1987 a weather report told us not to worry, no hurricane was on the way. It was gravely wrong and the worst storm for 300 years hit the UK. Winds of up to 122 mph swept across southern E...
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Spain oil disaster case in court

Spain oil disaster case in court | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
The trial begins in Spain of the captain of the Prestige oil tanker that sank in 2002, causing the country's worst environmental disaster.
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A ROBIN HOOD TAX: Norway to double carbon tax on oil industry, giving proceeds to poorer countries for climate change mitigation

A ROBIN HOOD TAX: Norway to double carbon tax on oil industry, giving proceeds to poorer countries for climate change mitigation | Conservation & Environment | Scoop.it
Extra funding for climate change mitigation and forestry programmes also part of oil-rich nation's radical programme...

October 11, 2012 - Guardian

Norway is to double carbon tax on its North Sea oil industry and set up a £1bn fund to help combat the damaging impacts of climate change in the developing world.

Norway will also plough an extra £1bn (Nkr10bn) into its funds for climate change mitigation, renewable energy, food security in developing countries and conversion to low-carbon energy sources, Environmental Finance reported.

It will step up spending on new projects to combat deforestation in developing countries to £44m, taking up its spending overall on forestry programmes to £327m. Previous forestry projects have involved Brazil, Indonesia and Ethiopia... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/11/norway-carbon-tax-oil?intcmp=122


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