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Conservationists ‘concerned’ with dragonfly numbers after UK floods

Conservationists have said that an extremely wet winter may have impacted on invertebrate numbers, boosting mosquito populations but causing a decline in dragonflies. The Canal and River Trust has warned that dragonflies and damselflies may begin to dwindle, with rivers spreading across fields over the past few months, leaving...


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UK air pollution ‘a major threat to biodiversity’

Nitrogen pollution, which played a major role in the UK’s recent air quality crisis, represents a potentially deadly threat to many animal and plant species, according to a government adviser. Nitrogen oxide (NO2), which is mostly emitted by traffic vehicles and industry, is one the main causes of the...


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Smog slowly subsides across UK, but city air pollution remains

The high levels of pollution have subsided across many parts of the UK, after the most vulnerable were told to stay indoors and avoid heavy exercise for the best part of a week. Concerns were raised on Tuesday after a combination of events including wind, warming temperatures, dust from...


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Norway’s oil fund commits to increasing green investment

The Norwegian government has announced that the country’s sovereign wealth fund will increase its investment in environmental projects. However, green groups have voiced their disappointment that the move didn’t go further. The $860 billion (£518 billion) pension fund owns around 1% of the world’s stock. Around 8% of its...


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Dog owners asked to ‘take the lead’ to enjoy countryside responsibly

The National Sheep Association (NSA) and Farmers Guardian newspaper are calling on dog walkers to enjoy the countryside responsibly, after figures showed incidents of dogs attacking livestock are becoming increasingly common. The two organisations are asking dog walkers to take a greater responsibility for their dogs when walking in the...


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World Bank head warns of conflict and social unrest due to climate change

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, has warned that conflict and social unrest could escalate if the world fails to create a plan to address climate change and its impacts. Kim’s comments follow the publication of the United Nation’s latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report,...


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Badger cull will not be rolled out – but will continue in pilot areas

The government has confirmed that the badger cull, which aimed to reduce the threat of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, will not be rolled out nationwide. However, the cull will continue in the two pilot areas – Gloucestershire and Somerset. The cull has faced strong opposition from environmental groups and...


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Pollution alarm to pull back on Friday

Forecasters have said that clean air from the Atlantic will tackle down pollution from Friday onwards, as London ambulance report a 14% rise in 999 calls due to respiratory problems. The high levels of pollution that have hit parts of England since Tuesday are expected to drop by the...


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English grasslands suffering ‘catastrophic decline’

England’s wildlife-rich grasslands are in a state of “catastrophic decline” and the government must do more to protect them, conservationists have said. The Wildlife Trusts have collected data from around the country that they say reveal devastating losses of the valuable habitats – that vary from meadows to roadside...


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Arctic sea ice peak falls to fifth lowest level on record

Scientists have found that the maximum extent of sea ice in the Arctic is lowering, with the melting season lasting five more days and the rate of decline continuing. Research by NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has revealed that the peak level of Arctic...


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Quarter of European bumblebees face extinction

Almost a quarter of Europe’s bumblebee species are threatened with extinction, including some that are essential to European agriculture, a new study has found. Researchers from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) examined all of the 68 bumblebee species that live in Europe, finding 16 are at risk. ...


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Pollution alert remains high for the rest of the week

The UK continues to experience high levels of pollution caused by emissions, winds and Sahara dust, as the government urges vulnerable people to avoid outdoor activities. The alert started on Tuesday, with forecasters warning that southeast England, East Anglia and the Midlands would experience high to very high levels...


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Government and BBC failing to communicate climate change, say MPs

Both the government and the BBC must improve their communication of climate science and the risks of climate change to the public, according to a new report by a committee of MPs. Publishing its findings on Wednesday, the science and technology committee said it had discovered little evidence of...


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Tsunami warning after earthquake kills five people in northern Chile

A tsunami warning has been put in place in Chile after an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 killed five people and forced thousands out of their homes. The earthquake hit at 8.46pm on Tuesday, 52 miles north-west of the region of Iquique. It led to high waves, power cuts and...


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Conservatives could curb wind farms in 2015 manifesto

The Conservative party could pledge to cut back on onshore wind farms in its next manifesto, a senior party source has told a national newspaper. The Telegraph reported that David Cameron was “of one mind” with some of the strongest opponents to onshore turbines. It added that he was...


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