Negotiations open in world’s first legally-binding treaty to protect the high seas

Treaty negotiations to conserve and protect nearly two thirds of the ocean opened on 4 September at the United Nations (UN) in what is...

New study shows EU pesticide ban is failing to protect suburban bee populations

Bees living in suburban habitats are still being exposed to significant levels of pesticides despite the EU ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides...

Photobioreactors assist with examining algal blooms

Scientists at the John Innes Centre are using automatic photobioreactors from algal specialists Algenuity to look more closely at algal blooms – a phenomenon...

New research reveals coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef has happened for hundreds of...

Coral bleaching across Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has been occurring since the late 18th century, new research shows. Using cores taken from long-lived...

Summer reed cutting is essential, says waterways expert

The Rothen Group, an independent civil engineering and maintenance business servicing UK waterways, has issued a warning to raise awareness of the dangers of overgrown weeds choking the waterways this summer .

Government’s post-Brexit fisheries proposals are vague on how they will achieve world leading sustainable...

Lack of detail on sustainability objectives for new Fisheries Bill is of real concern, says MCS UK marine charity the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says...

US NGOs challenge EU decision on wood burning

A large group of US-based environmental and forest-protection groups has united to challenge the EU for its decision to continue to label the indiscriminate...

Endangered water voles given a new sanctuary in South Yorkshire

Environmental consultancy Ecus Ltd has joined forces with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) to provide a new home for...

Fish mislabelling a threat to marine conservation

Scientists have found widespread mislabelling, poor trading practices and neglect for endangered species are threatening fish stocks after DNA-testing seafood products sold across...

‘Talking’ algae could provide new route to monitoring climate change

A scientist at the University of Bath has developed a way of monitoring alterations in the aquatic system by listening in to microalgae communicating...

£1 million awarded to UK’s first zoological biobank

UK scientists will have improved access to DNA from endangered species, thanks to the development of the UK’s first national zoological biobank. The CryoArks Biobank,...

Biological changes dramatically alter world’s oldest, deepest lake

Eastern Siberia is home to the world’s deepest and most ancient freshwater ecosystem, Lake Baikal. This lake and its surrounding tributaries are one of...

UK Government announces £200k to fund research into microplastics pollution pathways

The UK Government has awarded £200k to a group at the University of Plymouth to conduct research that aims to better understand the nature...

Balfour Beaty publishes roadmap paper on biodiversity net gain

On 25 April infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty launched the latest of its public policy papers, “A Better Balance: A Roadmap to Biodiversity Net Gain”....

Taking to the skies to find Scotland’s coastal and marine litter hotspots

Charity collaboration aims to lead mass clean up operation

Channel 4 Dispatches seemingly uncovers reckless deforestation being used to feed Drax

An investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches that was televised on 14 April has aimed to expose the destruction behind the UK utility Drax’s move...

Study highlights threat from pharmaceuticals in the world’s rivers

Pharmaceutical drugs are present in rivers and waterways around the world, at levels that present a danger to wildlife, and which are continuing to...

Supermarket’s move to ban palm oil products: understandable but possibly misguided

Responding to the news that Iceland is banning palm oil from its own brand products, Dr Jake Bicknell and Dr Matthew Struebig argue that...

Warning of dangerous decline in biodiversity across the world

IPBES is warning that biodiversity continues to decline in every region of the world

Scientific microplastic survey of Scottish coastal waters confirms contamination

Microplastics found in two thirds of samples, many carrying toxic chemicals The results from Greenpeace’s 2017 ship tour of Scotland - published on 7 March...