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Landscape and literature Literary featuring Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist Wenlock Edge

In the first of a series of films about landscape and literature produced in association with National Book Tokens, Anna Dreda of Wenlock Books and writers Katherine Swift, Paul Evans and William Cash reflect on the resonance of Shropshire's landscape...
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Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans

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Wildlife, Nature, Environment, articles, BBC Radio 4 programmes, writing & features - Paul Evans
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Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy

Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Martin Lukacs: A worldwide extreme energy boom, modelled after Canada's, is unleashing weapons of mass ecological destruction
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Moth Study shows Climate Change Effects Masked

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While populations of 80 moth species in Finnish Lapland are generally either stable or increasing, a study by the University of Michigan suggests their growth rates have been dropping, according to a release from the school. The researchers concluded from the 32-year study that the impact of climate change on animals and plants is being underestimated because much of the harm is hidden from view.
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Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon “Tsunami” - Inter Press Service

Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon “Tsunami” - Inter Press Service | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year’s disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershe
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National Trust response tackling invasive non-native species

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National Trust responds to Environmental Audit Committee findings


On the day of an EU vote on new proposals to tackle the problem of invasive non-native species at a continent-wide level, the Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the Government to revamp the system for controlling invasive species in England and Wales.


Its key recommendations are to work together more effectively, to do more work in identifying invasive species which pose a threat to the UK more quickly; and to introduce an early surveillance system which would then trigger action which would result in eradication.


Responding to the report, David Bullock, Head of Nature Conservation at the National Trust said: "Tackling invasive non-native species needs public agencies and voluntary organisations to work more effectively together, so we're pleased this is a key recommendation from the Committee.  But we also need agencies to be much more innovative in the way they detect and monitor threats.


“Better coordination and more effective detection will become even more important as climate change and globalisation add to the challenges the UK faces."

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Ospreys' return to Cape puts the birds in precarious position - Capecodonline

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Ospreys' return to Cape puts the birds in precarious position
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The utility company, meanwhile, is being watched closely by local residents with a passion for the large birds of prey.
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Kakapo features high on world rare bird list

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The kakapo has been named one of the most unique and endangered birds in the world.
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Beach closures to protect rare birds - The Denver Post

Beach closures to protect rare birds
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"These are little birds that are really good at blending into sandy shorelines," explained Mike Smith, Conservation Biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the Lamar area.
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Climate change leaving seabirds with nowhere to tern

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Climate change leaving seabirds with nowhere to tern

One of the UK’s rarest seabirds could become a victim of climate change as rising seas and increased coastal flooding squeezes the UK’s coastline.

 

Little terns, the UK’s smallest tern species, return each April to breed on beaches at fewer than sixty sites around the UK. Traditional colonies at South Gare on the Tees and Donna Nook in Lincolnshire have already been lost due to changes in our coastline and just one nesting site remains in Wales.

 

Predictions of increased coastal flooding and sea level rise caused by climate change could spell disaster for these elegant seabirds. This warning comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issue their latest reports on climate change [note 2].

 

Susan Rendell-Read is the RSPB’s little tern project manager “Little terns are very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. They need undisturbed sand and shingle beaches to nest with a plentiful supply of small fish just offshore. These beaches can be quickly altered by rising seas and floods, making them unsuitable for terns to nest.” 

“In the past, the areas lost to flooding or storms would be offset by new areas of sand or shingle thrown up by the sea. This is now being prevented by hard sea defences and other man made developments. The result, known as coastal squeeze, means beaches are getting narrower and the little terns are quickly running out of space.”

 

“As rising sea levels and storms change our coastline, little terns are forced into fewer and fewer colonies and have to share space with people on some of our most popular beaches, leading to significant problems with disturbance.”

 

A major new five-year partnership including the RSPB, Natural England and the National Trust [note 3] has been established to help little terns adapt to climate change and secure their future in the UK. This partnership, supported by the EU LIFE + programme will lay the foundations for the long-term recovery of the little tern in the UK by protecting and creating nest sites and increasing public awareness and support.

 

An important part of the recovery plan is ensuring that the few sites where little terns continue to breed are protected from disturbance [note 4]. The RSPB and its partners are keen to raise awareness amongst local communities and beachgoers to give little terns space to breed safely and in peace.

Victoria Egan manages little tern colonies for the National Trust at Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk said “local communities and beachgoers have a vital role to play in helping little terns cope with the increasing threat of climate change. These tiny seabirds need space to breed undisturbed so we are urging visitors to these beaches to follow any directions and advice given on local signs on the beach and avoid entering certain areas while the little terns are breeding”.

Susan added “These dainty little seabirds, no heavier than a tennis ball, have just started returning to our shores after travelling thousands of miles from their wintering sites off the south and west coasts of Africa. We need to make sure that they have the best chance of finding a suitable home when they arrive.”



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Some birds come first -- a new approach to species conservation | Science Codex

Some birds come first -- a new approach to species conservation | Science Codex | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
New Haven, Conn.— A Yale-led research team has developed a new approach to species conservation that prioritizes genetic and geographic rarity and applied it to all 9,993 known bird species.
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Butterfly Larvae Copy Queen Ant To Avoid Detection - Science News - redOrbit

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Parasitic butterfly larvae may mimic ants' acoustic signals to aid in the infiltration of their host colonies
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Drought in Brazil drives the price of coffee beans to a record high

Drought in Brazil drives the price of coffee beans to a record high | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The International Coffee Organisation warn consumers that the coffee crop could be affected for a number of years
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Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered birds

Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered birds | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
'Little dodo', flightless parrot and giant ibis among species ranked by evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk
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How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time Is Up - Gizmodo

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International Business Times AU How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time Is Up Gizmodo While the UN has set an ambitious goal of limiting total global warming to just 2 degrees C over pre-industrial levels, a number of recent...
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Rise of right wing parties threatens EU climate change goals

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Influx of right wing climate sceptics after May election could see EU's plans to decarbonise weakened
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French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

PARIS (Reuters) - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.France
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Q&A: Agriculture Needs a ‘New Revolution’ - Inter Press Service

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IPS correspondent Silvia Giannelli interviewed KANAYO F. NWANZE, president of IFAD
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Blood moon rising

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: As chiffchaffs count the seconds to Easter, the first bluebells are opening into a strange and ominous alignment

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Canadians from coast to coast can view total lunar eclipse this week

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MONTREAL - If they can stay awake, Canadians from coast to coast will get a chance to view a total lunar eclipse this week — the first of four that will occur nearly every six months.


Total lunar eclipses occur twice a year but are not visible everywhere on Earth at the same time.


The year's first eclipse will begin just before 2 a.m. EDT on Tuesday and will offer ideal viewing for observers throughout the Western Hemisphere.


Andrew Fazekas, a spokesman for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says North America hasn't seen a total lunar eclipse since 2011.

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Songbirds in decline – a tragedy for Britain's culture, as well as its environment

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This is the season of songbirds – the nightingales and skylarks whose voices resonate in poetry and music as well as nature. But with their numbers in freefall, could we lose them for ever, asks Stephen Moss
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A comprehensive look at vagrant birds - TriCities.com

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“Rare Birds of North America” by Steve N.G.
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Ruling that scrapped Antarctic whaling gives Japan face-saving way to end program

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TOKYO - The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.


The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby, and could have been criticized for caving in to foreign anti-whaling activists. Now officials can say the court forced their hand.


"It seemed to me they were anxious to lose," said Masayuki Komatsu, a former fisheries official known for his battles at the International Whaling Commission to defend Japanese hunts. He accused Japanese officials of losing "passion and love" for whaling and not fighting hard enough in court.

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Butterfly survey finds species are recovering from washout summer of 2012

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Butterfly numbers bounced back last year after the washout of 2012 which devastated populations. Conservationists have reported a major recovery in five common species Staff at Brocks Hill...
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Forests may play bigger role in rainfall than estimated - report

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Vegetation probably has a larger effect on climate than previously thought, says CIFOR research
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Dust clouds reveal how quickly stars form › News in Science (ABC Science)

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Astronomers have developed a more accurate way of predicting star birth rates, one of the most fundamental processes in the universe
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Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests - Inter Press Service

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests - Inter Press Service | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies. Indigenous repr
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