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Alarm over potentially harmful alien species in the UK

A cross-party group of MPs have warned that the UK needs a clear strategy to contain invasive species from overseas, ahead of a vote by the European parliament on a possible ‘blacklist’ for such animals and plantlife. The environmental audit committee has said in a report that non-native plants...


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Climate change and deforestation increasing forest fire risk in Amazon

A combination of climate change and deforestation is making the Amazon rainforest increasingly vulnerable to devastating forest fires, a new study has said. The Amazon is one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. It is estimated that about 10% of all known species live in the 5.5...


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Scientists told to ‘strike’ over lack of global action on climate change

Scientists frustrated by a lack of action on climate change, despite the recent stark warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), should go on strike, it has been suggested. In a blog post, Dr Jonathan Rowson said that while it was “a long shot” that may never...


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Asian pollution is strengthening storms, new study finds

Researchers have suggested that pollution from China and other Asian countries is strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean and influencing weather patterns elsewhere in the northern hemisphere. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal has suggested there is a link between...


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Impax takes resource optimisation investment strategy to US west coast

Impax Asset Management, a specialist in resource optimisation and environmental investment, has announced its intention to expand its business to the US west coast, with the opening of a new office in Portland, Oregon. The firm currently has offices in London, New York and Hong Kong, as well as...


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Three-quarters of British beaches applauded for ‘excellent quality’

Last year’s hot and dry summer dramatically improved the water quality at a record 73% of beaches in Britain, which are now rated ‘excellent’ by the Good Beach Guide. Compiled by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the guide states that only 2% of beaches failed on quality, while 73%...


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Environment Agency shores up flood defences in battered south-east

After the wettest British winter since records began in 1910 caused severe flooding across the country, the Environment Agency has completed a “health check” of defences on the south-east coastline. Prolonged storms and heavy rainfall battered many parts of the UK from the Christmas period and into February, with...


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FAO: agricultural emissions have doubled in 50 years

New data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past five decades and are set to increase by a further 30% by 2050. In a new report, the FAO has analysed greenhouse gas...


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Greg Barker: UK renewables ‘extremely attractive’ for investors

Britain is an “extremely attractive” place for investment in renewable energy, the energy minister Greg Barker has said. Speaking ahead of the release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report, which looks at the mitigation of climate change, he noted how the UK was consistently...


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Fish become ‘bolder’ and more vulnerable to predators in CO2-rich oceans

Researchers have discovered that acidification caused by the presence of carbon dioxide (CO2) in oceans makes fish “bolder” and less fearful of predators, potentially disrupting the entire food chain. The study was conducted by Australian and American scientists on coral reef fish in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. They...


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Investments in renewables must increase, warns UN

Trillion-dollar shifts in investments are needed to scale up the use of renewable energy sources if runaway climate change is to be prevented, a UN report has warned. Published today after a week of deliberations in Berlin, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report attempts to explain how global...


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Wind farms do not impact Welsh tourism, report finds

Opponents of wind farms in Wales have suffered a setback, after a new report concluded that tourism levels have not been affected in regions where turbines have been erected. An inquiry was set up after concerns were raised, and backed by some Conservative Assembly Members (AM), that the tourism...


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China oil giant blamed for water contamination crisis

China’s largest oil firm is being blamed for the contamination of drinking water that has led to over 2.4m residents scrambling to buy bottled water. It was reported on Friday that authorities in the western city of Lanzhou ordered all water supplies to be cut off, after levels of...


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Years of Living Dangerously: James Cameron’s climate change series to air on Sunday

The first episode of an eight-part documentary series looking at climate change and featuring a range of well-known Hollywood stars is set to begin on Sunday on US TV channel Showtime. Years of Living Dangerously tells the stories of people across the world who have been – and are...


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National Trust calls for action to protect coastline from climate change

A national strategy to adapt Britain’s coastlines to the rising sea levels and extreme weather that are expected as a result of climate change is “urgently needed”, the National Trust has warned. Referring to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report on the likely impacts of climate change,...


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