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England nature plan ‘lacking policies’

England nature plan ‘lacking policies’

A draft 25-year government plan sets out a bold vision for nature in England, but campaigners say it lacks policies. The strategy aims to ensure England’s environment is healthy and that it is a beautiful place to live, work and bring up a family. It aims to bring back birds to a countryside depleted under […]

Climate change scientists’ bid to drill Everest glacier

Climate change scientists’ bid to drill Everest glacier

Media captionScientists to use ‘car wash drill’ on Khumbu glacier Climate-change scientists are to travel to the Himalayas in a bid to become the first team to successfully drill through the world’s highest glacier. The Aberystwyth University-led group will use a drill adapted from a car wash to cut into the Khumbu glacier in the […]

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Image copyright ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Image caption Bleaching occurs when warmer temperatures drive out colour-giving algae Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching – or loss of algae – affects a 1,500km (900 miles) stretch of the […]

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Image copyright ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Image caption Bleaching occurs when warmer temperatures drive out colour-giving algae Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching – or loss of algae – affects a 1,500km (900 miles) stretch of the […]

Poultry in England allowed outside as anti-bird flu measures relaxed

Poultry in England allowed outside as anti-bird flu measures relaxed

Image copyright PA All poultry in England will be allowed outside again from Thursday, having been kept indoors to protect them from an infectious strain of bird flu. The government has carried out a new assessment of the risk they had of becoming infected by wild birds. The move brings the rules for poultry in […]

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘unprecedented’

Image copyright ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Image caption Bleaching occurs when warmer temperatures drive out colour-giving algae Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching – or loss of algae – affects a 1,500km (932 miles) area of the […]

Rapid rise of clothes moths threatens historic fabrics

Rapid rise of clothes moths threatens historic fabrics

Image copyright SPL Image caption The numbers of clothes moths have doubled at English Heritage sites over the past five years Rare furnishings and fabrics in England’s historic houses are under growing threat from an epidemic of clothes moths, say experts. English Heritage says that moth numbers have doubled in the past five years, most […]

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Neonicotinoids have been found in samples from US water treatment plants Small traces of the world’s most widely used insecticides have been detected in tap water for the first time. Samples taken by scientists in the US state of Iowa showed that levels of neonicotinoid chemicals remained constant despite […]

Evidence of ancient ‘geological Brexit’ revealed

Evidence of ancient ‘geological Brexit’ revealed

Image copyright Imperial College London/Chase Stone Image caption An Ice Age land bridge once connected Britain with Europe The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier “Brexit”. They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient […]

World is home to ‘60,000 tree species’

Image copyright BGCI Image caption Bhutan’s national Tsenden tree, conserved through international efforts There are 60,065 species of trees in the world, according to a comprehensive study of the world’s plants. Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) compiled the tree list by using data gathered from its network of 500 member organisations. It hopes the list […]