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Antarctica ice shelves see ‘substantial’ loss in last two decades, finds study

A new study has found that over the last two decades there has been “substantial changes” in Antarctica’s floating ice shelves, with some areas experiencing as much as an 18% decreases. The researchers argue that the findings show how the ice sheet is responding to climate change. The study,...


dorset flood by Shaun Dunphy via Flickr

5 million UK properties at risk of flooding, warn MPs

There are major risks to the sustainability of current levels of flood protection, according to the Public Accounts Committee’s report. The report warns that some five million properties across England are at risk. The report notes that one in six properties are at risk of flooding from coastal, river...


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New platform tracks corporate deforestation commitments

A new platform has launched with the aims of giving decision makers, investors and consumers more information on how companies are tackling deforestation and living up to the pledges they have made on the issue. The platform follows the Forest 500 rankings, which identifies, ranks and tracks companies, investors,...


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Lord Stern: development and climate finance should not be separated

Lord Nicholas Stern has argued that government should not consider development and climate finance to developing countries as separate issues because they are interconnected in a new policy paper. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy...


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National Trust: climate change ‘single biggest threat’

Climate change has been described as the “single biggest threat” by the National Trust, which argues the phenomenon is bringing new risks to a natural environment already under pressure. The organisation has set out a ten-year strategy to “nurse the natural environment back to health and reverse the alarming...


Arctic beaufort sea by NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre via Flickr

Arctic sea ice hits record low

This year’s maximum Arctic sea ice is the lowest on record, US scientists have said. The figures have led to campaigners calling for “dramatic cuts” in greenhouse gas emissions. The National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has issued a statement saying Arctic sea...


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Budget 2015: government announce marine reserve around Pitcairn Islands

The UK is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, chancellor George Osborne announced in 2015 budget. The reserve will protect the waters around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory. Some 94% of the UK’s biodiversity exists in it Overseas Territories and the water around...


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Carbon absorbed by Amazon has halved since 90s, says study

A study has found that the net carbon uptake of the Amazon forest as halved since the 1990s. Researchers warn that the findings have implications for climate change and emission reduction targets. The research, which was led by the University of Leeds and published in the journal Nature, notes...


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Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Ahead of the General Election in May, a new report has been published calling on the next government to prioritise climate change and the environment, arguing it is needed to promote the UK’s health, wealth and security in the long-term. The report – Environment: Priorities for the next government – has...


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EU one of the largest importers of illegal deforestation products

EU imports have been linked to driving illegal deforestation in a report from campaign group Fern. The UK is among the largest consumers of the good highlighted in the study. The report – Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation – estimated that in 2012 the EU...


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Cyclone Pam: a sign of worse to come

The tiny archipelago nation of Vanuatu has been devastated by its worst natural disaster. Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam ravaged the islands from March 12 to 15. Their President has called for immediate help and blamed climate change for the severity of the cyclone. On March 6, Pam formed east...


dorset flood by Shaun Dunphy via Flickr

Global flood risk could almost triple by 2030

Climate change and growing global populations could mean that flood risk around the world will nearly triple over the next fifteen years, according to a new online tool. The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyser was co-developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and four Dutch research organisations – Deltares, the...


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Study reveals ‘widespread risk’ of disease to wild bees

A new study has discovered that a network of viruses that were previously associated with managed honeybees are spreading to wild bee populations, potentially posing “widespread risk” to the wild population. The study, which has been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, notes that the infectious interconnected diseases...


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Europe needs ambitious policy to live sustainably by 2050

Despite progress in recent years, Europe must implement more ambitious policies if it is to be sustainable by mid-century, according to the European environment sate and outlook 2015 report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).  The five-yearly assessment argues that progress has been made, with Europeans enjoying cleaner air...


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Government rejects MPs’ plans for air pollution inquiry

The government has rejected MPs’ calls for a public inquiry into the impacts of air pollution and a change in legislation to prevent schools and care homes being built in pollution hotspots. The move has been labelled as a “failure” to act on an opportunity to address the issue....



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