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...

Global biodiversity framework falls short on chemicals

Environmental scientists, ecologists, and policy experts argue in a letter published on 16 June in Science that the proposed Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework –...

Europe a step closer to protecting deep sea from bottom trawling

The European Union (EU) Fisheries Council agreed in early November to support measures to limit destructive deep-sea fishing, in particular to prohibit bottom trawling...

Bees cannot taste even lethal levels of pesticides, says new study

New research from the University of Oxford appears to reveal that bumblebees cannot taste pesticides present in nectar, even at lethal concentrations. This means...

Aquaculture system turns waste wood into nutritious seafood

Researchers hoping to rebrand a marine pest as a nutritious food have developed the world’s first system of farming shipworms, which they have renamed...

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.

Earthworm research spurs farmers to act

A study of England’s farmland has found key earthworm types are rare or absent in two out of five fields and has led to...

Interactive map will help protect one of the UK’s most threatened mammals

An interactive web tool is being used to map suitable habitats for a nationally significant water vole species. It was developed by researchers from the...

Why creating new ponds helps to protect the ecosystem

A review of the benefits of ponds and associated lining products, by Scott Parnell, a firm specialising in the supply of groundworks and civil...

Plan launched for UK-wide “insect superhighways”

Invertebrate conservation group Buglife has launched a plan to help reverse the decline in bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Unusually, this seems to...

Academic wins international award for urban ecology work

A researcher at Northumbria University is part of a group of academics to win a prestigious international award for their work on sustainable science. Dr...

River expansion boosts biodiversity, in Netherlands study

Researchers at Utrecht University and Radboud University appear to have revealed the successful combination of a lower flood risk with the start of biodiversity...

Melbourne event promises to reveal the secrets of a healthy and sustainable city

City decision makers, planners, landscape architects and the horticulture industry are invited to attend the next International Green City Conference of the International Association...

Forensics used to reverse the decline of biodiversity in Europe

Staffordshire University is contributing forensic intelligence to an ambitious project which aims to protect endangered species like wolf, bear, lynx, and sturgeon in remote...

Sponsored Content: Sensors help optimise growing conditions underground

Zero Carbon Farms runs a microgreens salad and herb growing operation in former WWII air-raid shelters in Central London. Through its sustainable growing and on-site packaging practices, and its supply to local retailers and restaurants, Zero Carbon Farms has exceeded its zero carbon footprint. In 2021 the firm secured "Carbon Neutral Plus" status.

Government set to license fishing vessels for continued bottom trawling in UK Marine Protected...

The UK Government is about to issue over 1,000 fishing licenses for EU and UK fishing vessels for 2022, it was announced on 16...

High street brands pledge to phase out microbeads

A large number of UK retailers have pledged to phase out plastic microbeads from own-brand cosmetic and beauty products, conservation charity Fauna & Flora...

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...

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...

Group distils wisdom on biochar for climate-smart agriculture

Burning biochar has been a traditional agriculture practice used by humans since time immemorial. A new study attempts to synthesize global data from nearly...