Saturday, November 26, 2022

Government U-turn on promise to reform farming post-Brexit

New farming policy stripped of ambition to aid nature recovery, says conservation group The Government has broken its promise to reform farming post-Brexit. In its...

LDIR microplastic analysis used in the Indian Ocean

Methods for the analysis of microplastic particles in a sample (of water) are beset by challenges such as high error rates and a high...

New EU nutrient directive essential to halt ecosystem breakdown

The ongoing nitrogen crisis in the Netherlands and Flanders illustrates how ineffective management of nutrients can lead to both serious ecological damage and political...

£1.25m award for using space and AI technology to restore Surrey’s wildlife habitats

The Dream Fund’s £1.25m award invites 1,500 volunteers to help use space and AI technology to restore Surrey’s wildlife habitats A Surrey-based project to...

AI learns coral reef ‘song’

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can track the health of coral reefs by learning the "song of the reef", new research seems to show. Coral reefs have...

Addressing the need for responsible salmon farming

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council discusses an accreditation scheme that aims to ensure this activity is undertaken responsibly, with minimal environmental impacts. The group also...

Organic farming or flower strips – which is better for bees?

How effective environmental measures in agriculture are for biodiversity and wild bee populations depends on various factors and your perspective, according to agroecologists from...

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...

Mapping project aims to boost biodiversity on England’s motorways and major A-roads network

Manchester Metropolitan University has been commissioned to develop a new mapping system which will make it easier for National Highways to keep track of...

Creators of underwater, eco-friendly concrete are finalists in the European Inventor Award

The inventors of an innovative building material for sea walls are finalists in the European Inventor Award 2022. ECOncrete® founder and CEO, Ido Sella, has...

Appraising stressors on rivers’ ability to perform ecological functions

An essential ecosystem service of streams and rivers is their natural self-purification service. This can be assessed based on ecological functions such as nutrient...

A new leaf for remediation?

Some plant species could help to remove toxic heavy metals and metalloids from contaminated soil, as a recent study from researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore appears to demonstrate.

EU project is a census of pollinators

The EU Pollinators Initiative has committed to developing an EU-wide pollinator monitoring scheme to ensure the provision of good quality data for assessing the status and trends with these species.

Danish firm trials turning offshore wind turbine foundations into safe havens for corals

An attempt to support coral reefs by growing corals on offshore wind turbine foundations is underway with Danish green energy firm Ørsted. Together with...

Climate and agriculture halve insect populations in some areas, warns UCL study

Climate change and intensive agricultural land use have already been responsible for a 49% reduction in the number of insects in the most impacted...

Research aims to to save European peatlands from climate change

A five-year, £3.7m research project involving scientists from across the UK and partners across Europe aims to assess the risk that climate change poses...

Reseach finds a genomic time machine in sea sponges

New research from the University of New Hampshire showcases a novel approach to understanding the complex evolution of sponges and the microbes that live...

Climate change will reshuffle marine ecosystems in unexpected ways

Warming of the oceans due to climate change will mean fewer productive fish species to catch in the future, according to a new Rutgers...

€1 million award for app-supported regreening programme

A project that aims to help farmers restore land and introduce more sustainable methods has secured a €1 million grant from the Dutch National...

Report pulls back the curtain on chemical pollution in the ocean

A new report attempts to provide a diagnostic of the scale of the ocean pollution challenge facing humanity. The Invisible Wave: Getting to zero chemical...