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Four out of five people have not heard of green deal, poll finds

Four out of five people have not heard of green deal, poll finds | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
UK government's flagship energy efficiency programme remains largely unknown just days before its launch
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Carbon reduction programmes need to be put into overdrive if the future rate of climate warming is to be brought under control.  I hope that the minister Greg Chappel is right when he says:

"Is this transformational? Yes? Is this the biggest home improvement programme since the second world war? Yes? Is it a sea change in how we tackle energy efficiency? Yes," he said.

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Climate Change And The Doha Paperless Conference

Climate Change And The Doha Paperless Conference | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The United Nations conference on climate change, which held between November and December, 2012, in Doha, Qatar, was a spectacular event.
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Is paper a generational issue?  Committees and conferences are big users of paper and Doha has shown the way.

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2012 Was The World's 10th Hottest Year On Record

2012 Was The World's 10th Hottest Year On Record | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Globally, 2012 was one of the warmest years on record, according to separate reports from NOAA and NASA. NOAA's 2012 State of the Climate report, released Tuesday, concluded that last year was the 10th warmest since record keeping began in 1880.
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The trend for continued global warming is clear.  The weather that we experience may vary hugely from year to year.  Beneath the muscles of weather the bones of climate change set the structure.

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Life in the bush in Northern Mozambique: 4 days out of communication and 70km in search of ivory hunters

Life in the bush in Northern Mozambique: 4 days out of communication and 70km in search of ivory hunters | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Sophie gives a frank and depressing account of nature conservation in a tough environment
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Frantic fight to save frogs from killer fungus

Frantic fight to save frogs from killer fungus | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
In moist, mossy rooms, rows of glass aquariums bathed in an eerie light shelter the last of the last of the frogs.
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Disease is a part of the natural world. It becomes a critical issue when wildlife populations become small, fragmented and vulnerable to system shocks.  Ash disease Chalara is a similar example of natural world systems colliding with human induced habitat and population fragmentation

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Mareja Community Reserve, Mozambique

Mareja Community Reserve, Mozambique | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The reserve works to protect the flora and fauna within the Quirimbas National Park and to spread...
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My good friend Sophie has posted some photos of slaughtered elephants within the Mareja reserve that she manages with her husband Dominic.  This makes the case very strongly that the National Wildlife Crime Unit has a vital role is fighting the illegal export of ivory and other products torn from the carcasses of creatures killed for greed and vanity.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/wildlife-crime-unit-faces-extinction-over-funding-crisis-8437875.html ;

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Environmental Leadership Program : Kinship Conservation Fellows

Environmental Leadership Program : Kinship Conservation Fellows | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Environmental Leadership Program - Kinship is an environmental leadership program with a mission to develop a community of leaders dedicated to collaborative approaches to environmental issues with an emphasis on market-based principles.
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We face a challenging future and there is a central role for well equipped environmental adovocates and leaders.  The Kinship Conservation Fellowship offers class leading opportunities at a time when biodiversity off-sets and ecosystem services have begun to make frequent appearances in environmental debate.

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US poised to approve genetically engineered salmon, environmentalists warn

US poised to approve genetically engineered salmon, environmentalists warn | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Federal regulators are preparing to approve the sale of genetically engineered salmon without requiring labeling of the fish, a leading environmental group warned this week. Food &
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GM foods may have a role to play in meeting future human food needs but surely labelling is a key to building consumer confidence.

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The river Selune, Manche Normandy

The river Selune, Manche Normandy | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The river Selune springs to life in Sainy-Cyr-du-Bailleul and flows on through Barenton, St Hilaire du Harcouet and Ducey, and by the time it reaches the bay of Mont St Michel close to Avranches, i...
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The  migratory European Eel is in Big trouble and unless obstacles such as this are tackled its survival is in doubt.


The reason that a party from the Sustainable Eel Group visited the Selune was to draw attention to the controversy surrounding the removal of obstacles from the River Selune - 'Unfortunately these two hydro-electric dams are nearing the end of their lifespan, and are due to be dismantled shortly. Local opposition is high, with the lakes providing leisure facilities and spectacular view in south Manche. A decision on the sustainability of the region is due on the 9th June 2012'. 

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Bitter disappointment at lack of ambition - The Wildlife Trusts

Bitter disappointment at lack of ambition - The Wildlife Trusts | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The Wildlife Trusts are bitterly disappointed by the lack of ambition shown in this consultation. Defra proposes to designate only 31 of the 127 sites recommended by experts and stakeholders at the end of August last year.
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Defra is showing NO leadership in this matter.  Our marine heritage is of enormous proportion and this fudged delay puts the UK well behind other nations who understand that doing nothing is not an option.  A partial implementation and an announcement of yet another consultation after huge NGO commitment and £8.8M govt expenditure is hard to understand.

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Defra has ducked the issue.  £8.8M of tax payers money and huge amounts of expert NGO time has been dismissed on the spurious grounds of inadequate evidence.

 

Marine conservation in the Uk is pathetic compared to the bold large scale interventions that are occuring elsewhere in the world.  

 

No vision and poor environmental leadership - not the 'greenest government ever'

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Doha climate gateway: the reaction

Doha climate gateway: the reaction | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Responses to the final deal have mixed, but ministers admitted it does not solve all of the issues that needed to be addressed
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Carbon emissions and their consequent atmospheric and climate impacts continue.  Doha negotiations were an inadequate and tardy response to a politically uncomfortable environmental crisis.

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100 years ago: Britain welcomes grey squirrel colonists

100 years ago: Britain welcomes grey squirrel colonists | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 11 December 1912: The American grey squirrel seems wishful to become a colonist in Britain.
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Manitoba rejigging fish quota system to reduce waste

Manitoba rejigging fish quota system to reduce waste | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The Manitoba government is considering a new quota system to minimize waste in commercial fishing, in light of concerns that fish are being wasted under the current system.
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Landmark for UK citizen science

Landmark for UK citizen science | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The interim findings of a massive £14m five-year citizen science project, involving more than 25,000 surveys and 500,000 people, are published.
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The natural world offers many opportunities for science.  We depend on nature and its systems yet largely ignore plants and animals around us.  Encouraging enquiring minds through supported surveys and social media has huge potential for new learning.

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For sale, a taste of Cider with Rosie: Gloucestershire Widlife Trust appeal to buy Laurie Lee's wood

For sale, a taste of Cider with Rosie: Gloucestershire Widlife Trust appeal to buy Laurie Lee's wood | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The family of the late ‘Cider with Rosie’ author Laurie Lee are selling off his beloved eight acres of unspoilt Cotswoold woodland - sparking a fundraising frenzy among local naturalists.
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This is my valedictory.  What a great opportunity to do something special for nature and literature all in one go!

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TRUST LAUNCHES APPEAL TO CREATE “LAURIE LEE WOOD”

TRUST LAUNCHES APPEAL TO CREATE “LAURIE LEE WOOD” | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is launching an appeal to safeguard a woodland once owned and loved by author and nature-lover Laurie Lee. Trantershill Wood, in the Slad Valley is being sold and the Trust has a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect this piece of literary heritage.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Laurie Lee is one of the great writers.  Cider with Rosie captures the magic of childhood in the Slad valley.  Support our appeal, help to save his woodland and put his name on the map.

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Florida Sponsors Python Roundup

Florida Sponsors Python Roundup | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The winner of the 2013 Python Challenge will take home $1,500.
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..... powerful enough to eat a live alligator!

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Blackbuck population in India on the decline: Study

Blackbuck population in India on the decline: Study | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
INDORE : Blackbucks, the Indian antelopes found in abundance in the plains, grasslands and scrubs of Madhya Pradesh, has registered a steady decline in population during the last decade, says a...
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Fragmented wildife habitat is a global issue.  Isolated populations of Blackbuck, like any species, are more vulnerable to disease, extreme weather events and human competition.  In the UK we are looking at landscape scale habitat reconnection and recreation.  It would be better and cheaper if populations of common creatures are kept connected.

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Wildlife crime unit faces extinction over funding crisis

Wildlife crime unit faces extinction over funding crisis | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Britain's National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), which leads the fight against the burgeoning illegal wildlife trade, may be facing the axe.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Nature does not get the same consideration as other issues of public good.  It would be a severe blow to the fight against wildlife crime if the excellent coordinating work of the National Widlife Crime Unit were to fold due to parsimony within the Home Office.

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Feds sued over not managing king salmon, halibut bycatch adequately

Feds sued over not managing king salmon, halibut bycatch adequately | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Lawsuit alleges federal managers don't have sufficient data to arrest declining populations of king salmon and halibut in the Gulf of Alaska.
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The complainants in this case may be a a nonprofit education organization that offers luxury eco-cruises in Southeast Alaska but their case is of hihg relevance.  Dumped bycatch is a criminal waste of biodiversity and food.

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Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) - WWT news

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) - WWT news | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
WWT is a leading UK conservation organisation saving wetlands with nine UK wetland visitor centres, consulting and conservation teams working worldwide.
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Martin Spray CBE sounds right to me!  Martin has been an outstanding champion for nature for over 30 years.  I first met Martin when he was with the WWF.  Subsequently he made huge contributions through his leadership of BBOWT and then as acting CEO of The Widlife Trusts.

 

Martin's public recognition will not affect the man.  He is modest, a good listener, extremely polite and unwavering in his dedication ot the natural world.

 

Marting Spray CBE is a true Leader for Nature.

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More than 30 studies in three years show adverse effects of neonicotinoid pesticides

More than 30 studies in three years show adverse effects of neonicotinoid pesticides | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
More than thirty separate scientific studies in the last three years have shown adverse effects on insects such as bees from neonicotinoids, the controversial nerve-agent pesticides, MPs have been told.
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Bees and other inscto pollinators are under cronic stress yet there is reluctance fully to recognise neonictinoids as a serious challenge to ecological health,

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Doha summit launches climate damage aid

Doha summit launches climate damage aid | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Rich countries have promised to help the poor cope with the inevitable loss and damage caused by climate change, but much remains to be agreed
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Global animal experts join welsh TB debate

Global animal experts join welsh TB debate | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
ANIMAL experts from as far afield as New Zealand are in Wales to consider how cattle vaccination could contribute to TB eradication.The Welsh Government is hosting the two-day workshop in Cardiff...
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The Metaphors of Doha

The Metaphors of Doha | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The world's media has been plumbing the depths of the thesaurus to report on the growing despondence in and around the UN climate talks in Doha, testing the limits of their vocabulary as the world's leaders test the planet's patience.
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