Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

Diseases affecting different UK tree species appear to have a multiplying effect on the loss of associated biodiversity, according to new research by James...

Plants struggle to keep pace with climate change, says study

How plants adapt to climate change, and the challenges therein, is coming into clearer focus, according to researchers from UC Santa Cruz. Research has long...

Livestock antibiotics and rising temperatures disrupt soil microbial communities

Combined stressors could impair soils’ ability to cycle nutrients and trap carbon, says a group from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Soils are home...

From ambition to biodiversity action: Time to hold actors accountable

Scientists have proposed a framework for effective national-level implementation of global biodiversity goals. The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) writes Next spring, government...

A reprieve for mako sharks in the North Atlantic

International fishery managers agree to historic yet potentially short-term ban On 23 November, conservationists were celebrating a hard-fought ban on retention of North Atlantic shortfin...

A clean ocean by 2030: UN panel charts “the most direct course”

Experts’ “Clean Ocean Manifesto” includes an integrated ocean debris observing system Reducing marine debris by 50-90% and introducing a system of globally-distributed hi-tech monitors are...

The transition to EVs cannot come at the expense of the ocean

As the focus at COP26 in Glasgow shifts to greening the world’s transportation systems, electric vehicles (EVs) are in the spotlight. However, it is...

What is vertical farming? Why is it growing in the UK?

Vertical farming is where crops are grown, usually indoors, in stacked layers. The farmer can control the environment – lighting, temperature and water provision - without having to suffer the vagaries of the weather. For reasons that should be obvious, it is an attractive proposition in the UK.
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How green is 5G?

A panoply of dazzling new IoT applications is a given, it would seem, with all the potential benefits one might expect from a step-change in wireless connectivity. But what about the environmental footprint? Sally Beare writes.
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Uncovering the mysteries of squirrel decline

A new project will deploy bio-acoustic, cloud and artificial intelligence technologies to monitor squirrel populations. Envirotec asked technology supplier Huawei UK about the equipment being used.

Ocean change is exacerbating the climate crisis

New scientific paper says we will not reach Paris Agreement without urgent ocean action A scientific paper published in the peer review Journal, Aquatic Conservation...

Greater action required to prevent irreversible outcomes for farming

Farming needs to urgently scale and pace the adoption of nature-based solutions for addressing climate change and biodiversity loss or face an uncertain future,...

Nature-based solutions key to combatting climate change and biodiversity loss, says Lords

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has written to Alok Sharma MP, President for COP26, citing recent evidence gathered as part of...

Rivers charity launches manifesto and urges river groups to unite ahead of COP26

River groups must work collaboratively across the globe and put pressure on governments, businesses and society to take swift action on rivers to tackle...

A nature-based adaptive approach to boosting coral restoration

Coral reefs are rapidly degrading all over the world due to climate change and human activity. This phenomenon has dire consequences on the livelihoods...

Seaweed: a model solution for fighting climate change, says group

A new paper published in Nature Sustainability presents seaweed as a model solution for tackling climate change, biodiversity loss, joblessness, hunger and environmental damage....

If we lose biodiversity, we will not address climate change or hunger, warns report

If we continue to lose biodiversity, the world’s most vulnerable people will not be able to adapt to climate change nor sustainably produce food,...

Roads operator funds salmon baffles under the A38 in Devon

In time for the autumn migration season for salmon, National Highways has funded a £168,000 improvement scheme to modify a culvert under the A38...

Rising sea temperatures and coral loss: “Most detailed scientific picture to date”

The “Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020” report, released on 5 October, documents the loss of approximately 14 per cent of the...

Medical drugs harmful to invertebrates in UK waterways

Wildlife charity Buglife is attempting to raise awareness of the occurrence of medical drugs in UK rivers, and the threat this presents to freshwater...