Friday, September 24, 2021

River research reveals scale of macroplastic pollution

Plastic pollution clogs river systems for considerably longer than previously thought, new research from the University of Leicester appears to show. Macroplastics – or plastic...

Utility says loch and woodlands will be developed as a carbon sink

Plans being developed by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) will see the utility Scottish Water’s lands and catchment areas around Loch Katrine increasingly soak...

First plan for the West Midlands natural environment launched

The first plan for the region’s natural environment has been officially launched on the banks of the River Stour. The Natural Environment Plan sets out...

How trees can help reach net zero: UK project launches

Six research teams across the UK will develop new tools and approaches which will help trees and woodlands adapt to climate change and enable...

Treat climate change and biodiversity loss as one, says European science advisory group

The recent IPCC Report confirms that global warming is picking up pace. The impact is playing out in real time as we watch villages flood and forests burn.

Seminars to help construction industry protect wild habitats in urban areas

A new series of webinars and podcasts will discuss the ways in which the construction industry can better protect the UK’s biodiversity and wild...

All but two of Scotland’s offshore marine ‘protected’ areas are paper parks

Data shows over 44,000 hours of fishing with bottom-towed gear in Scotland's Marine Protected Area network in 2020

New study will explore if a tree’s ‘memory’ can increase its resilience

A new project sets out to demonstrate experimentally whether and how trees 'remember' past stress conditions and transfer these memories to descendants through epigenetics-based DNA modifications – changes that alter the activity of some genes, without changing the DNA sequence.

Student competition showcases innovative designs to reconnect people with nature

Environmental charity Hubbub has announced the winners of its 2021 sustainable design competition for students, Design By Nature. Students (and recent graduates) across the UK were challenged to get back to nature, with briefs inspired by the idea that ‘Good things happen when we connect people to nature’.

Carbon-capturing glasshouses grow greener tomatoes, says firm

The UK eats over 500,000 tonnes of fresh tomatoes each year but only grows 20% of them here, a state of affairs that commercial tomato-growing firm Sterling Suffolk says it is attempting to address using an unusual glasshouse technology to minimise the environmental impact of the activity.

Invasive species cost UK economy over £5 billion over past 40-50 years

Invasive species have cost the UK economy over £5 billion over the past 40-50 years, making the cost one of the highest totals in Europe, according to research led by Queen’s University Belfast.

Boost action and diplomacy to combat ‘clear and present danger’ to nature, says peers...

Britain can do much more to help to save species from extinction and protect nature worldwide, peers have said as countries prepare for talks...

Grab your camera or phone and help create a new film, says forestry group

Forestry England is inviting colleagues from across the forestry industry to help create Treeline – a new film by international artist Ruth Maclennan about...

Utility sponsors garden at flower show, to showcase climate adaptation possibilities

United Utilities has sponsored a garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show, in a bid to give visitors ideas for making outdoor spaces better...

Rapid evolution in waterfleas yields new conservation insights

The extraordinary ability of animals to rapidly evolve in response to predators has apparently been demonstrated via genetic sequencing of a waterflea population across...

World’s lakes losing oxygen rapidly as world warms, says study

Oxygen levels in the world's temperate freshwater lakes are declining rapidly - faster than in the oceans - a trend driven largely by climate change that threatens freshwater biodiversity and drinking water quality.

Death in a cold climate

Canada's first human decomposition laboratory in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is using scientific sampling and analysis equipment designed and manufactured by Bridgend-headquartered Markes International. The company explains how the equipment is being used.

Using mussels to clean up microplastics: UK laboratory trials nature-based solution

Scientists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) have launched a series of in-situ trials of what they describe as a unique microplastic clean-up method using...

When ecological change is irresistable: Paper presents three possible strategies

Major ecosystem changes like sea-level rise, desertification and lake warming are fueling uncertainty about the future. Many initiatives - such as those fighting to...

Is global plastic pollution nearing an irreversible tipping point?

By Stockholm University, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Current rates of...