Monday 1st September 2014                 Change text size:

ross sea antarctica by brookpeterson via flickr

Antarctic sea levels rising above global average

Sea levels around the coasts of Antarctica are rising faster than the global rate, caused by the accelerating melt of the continent’s ice sheets, a new study has found. Studying satellite data gathered over the last 19 years, researchers from the University of Southampton found that Antarctic sea levels...


2781270743_1e5dfc6a88_z

Political parties urged to make environment key part of election manifestos

Environmental groups are urging UK political parties to ensure the environment is an important part of their manifestos ahead of next year’s general election. The report – Greener Britain – calls for all parties to commit to making Britain greener by 2020 through a series of seven pledges, which...


stu_spivack  via flickr

World must cut meat consumption to prevent climate change and food insecurity

Researchers have estimated greenhouse gas emissions from the food sector could rise by 80% by 2050, as the world increasingly adopts meat-based diets that are putting resources and food security at risk. A new study by the universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen has warned that the global population must...


fracking environment by Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations via Flickr

Pennsylvania drinking wells contaminated by fracking operations hundreds of times

The US state of Pennsylvania has revealed to the public 243 cases where drinking water has been contaminated by fracking operations throughout the region. Statistics published online, by the Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), reveal that 22 counties within the state have had their drinking water affected by...


Photo: Oktaviani Marvikasari via Free Images

Marine protection areas must be expanded for threatened fish species

Conservationists and policymakers have to do more to ensure the survival of important fish species by expanding marine protection areas, according to a new study. The paper, published in the journal Ecology Letters, warns that previous efforts launched to protect fish have irresponsibly prioritised saving the largest numbers of...


Boris and Leo By Financial Times via Flickr

Boris Johnson pledges £11.5m to London energy efficiency projects

London mayor Boris Johnson has pledged a further £11.5 million to develop both housing and public building energy efficiency projects. The added sum brings total investment into such projects to £88 million pledged since 2009, money that has bought insulation, double glazing and energy-efficient lighting in schools, hospitals and...


Photo: bimsan via Freeimages

New project asks scientists how they feel about climate change

Academics from around Australia have published handwritten letters describing how they feel on the issue of climate change via a new platform. The website, titled Is This How You Feel?, aims to provide a new way for scientists to explain their research to the public whilst inspiring action. The...


badger by Sure2Talk via flickr

High court legal challenge to stop badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset fails

This year’s pilot badger cull in southern England will continue, despite a high court legal challenge by the Badgers Trust to ensure independent oversight of the techniques employed by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The cull will now continue without independent oversight, irrespective of...


Photo: Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn) via Flickr

Tourists urged to stop littering on Mount Everest

It may be one of the most remote, inhospitable tourist destinations on Earth, but not even Mount Everest is safe from litter. Earlier this week, Nepalese authorities urged mountaineers to recycling their waste, and stop leaving in on the mountain’s pristine peak. The world’s highest mountain stands at 29,029 feet...


Photo: f.c.franklin via Flickr

Voting opens for Britain’s national bird

The public has been invited to vote for Britain’s national bird, choosing from a range of iconic species the one they feel best symbolises ‘Britishness’. Although many people consider the red-breasted robin – voted as the public’s favourite bird in a 1961 poll – to be the country’s national...


cotton by Jay Phagan via Flickr

Education needed to cut water use amongst smallholder cotton farmers

Smallholder cotton farmers are facing major challenges as climate change increases water scarcity, a report from Cotton Connect has warned. In order to prepare the industry, the organisation advocates education and the implementation of effective agricultural techniques, ahead of World Water Week. The report – More Crop Per Drop...


Photo: Arun Ravindran via Flickr

Green office experiment shows advantages of energy efficient buildings

Multinational IT corporation Infosys has shown how energy efficient buildings do not have to cost the earth, with an experiment in its Indian office that demonstrates the benefits of switching to energy saving systems. Rohan Parikh, head of infrastructure and green initiatives at Infosys, led the way with an...


Photo: Tina Rothery

Court rules in favour of Cuadrilla in anti-fracking protest dispute

Manchester High Court Judge, David Hodge QC has imposed an interim injunction against a group of anti-fracking protestors in Lancashire after a court battle with gas firm Cuadrilla. Cuadrilla took up legal proceedings alongside ten local farmers earlier this week, claiming protestors were trespassing and affecting business for landowners....


Photo: WorldIslandInfo.com via Flickr

Activists to be chosen to speak at UN climate summit

Today more than 500 members of the public will hear whether they have been chosen to attend the UN Climate Summit in September. Environmental activists from 115 countries put forward their names to be considered to address issues of climate change to world leaders at the summit. The competition...


Photo: Ryan McFarland via Flickr

Investors should be worried by Shell’s revived Arctic oil ambitions, says ShareAction

Responsible investment charity ShareAction has warned that investors should be concerned by Shell’s revived plans to drill in the Arctic, after the oil giant admitted it has failed to meet environmental targets elsewhere. The company had suspended its plans for Arctic exploration earlier this year, but on Thursday submitted...


Latest poll

Who is the primary supplier of your domestic energy?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...