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Major Chinese dam project blocked by Environment Ministry

One of China’s biggest hydro-power project on the Jinsha River which feeds the Yangtze is set to be blocked by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The ministry has made the move to protect rare fish species found in the regions nationally protected reserves. The ministry said in an unpublished report on the proposal that the […]

Water test to end the great newt scam

Claiming that they’ve seen protected greater crested newts on a proposed site is something that is often used by anti-housing campaigners. It adds costs to any planning application and can also delay the development process for many months as ecologists have to make repeated visits to a site to try to find evidence. Now a simple […]

Can building waste reduce water pollution?

Freshwater ecosystems such as lakes and rivers can often be affected by pollution from run-off. One of the biggest problems is phosphorous which is often used as a fertiliser. When it gets into rivers and lakes it can cause algal blooms which can kill other wildlife. But old concrete could help solve this problem. A team […]

World’s biggest aquarium opens in Singapore

World’s biggest aquarium opens in Singapore

The world’s largest freshwater aquarium has opened to the public at the nature themed River Safari park in Singapore. The aquarium seeks to highlight the wealth of species that live in the Amazon River of South America. Exhibits include manatees that have been moved to the aquarium from their previous home at Singapore Zoo. The […]

Drugged up fish become greedy and bold

Modern medication is a god-send for many people who are suffering illness and disease. Prescription drug use is also booming across the world but not all drugs administered stays in the body. A large proportion goes through the body to end up in waste-water and some will pass through water treatment to end up in […]

A beginner birdwatching scope for World Wetland Day

Today is World Wetland Day when we can celebrate the biodiversity of one of the most threatened habitats on the planet. In the last 100 years it is claimed that as much as half of the planets wetlands have been lost with a good portion of that in Europe. Wetland habitats cover a great range […]

Did the wet year lead to the surge in winter vomiting bug?

2012 may have been the second wettest on record in the UK but did it do more than just make people feel frustrated and down in the dumps. A European research project is looking into waterborne diseases and the changing climate. As the weather gets wetter we could see people suffering more from bugs such […]

Capturing electricity from wetlands

Wetlands and marshlands could soon be offering more than just flood prevention and water purification as part of their ecosystem services. A researcher in the Netherlands has been able to tap the electricity generated from plant soil interactions and the technology is soon to go global. Wageningen University researcher Marjolein Helder undertook the research as part of her Phd and she […]

UNESCO names 4 new wildlife sites as World Heritage Sites

Today, Sunday 1st July 2012, the meeting of the World Heritage Committee has named 8 new World Heritage sites, 4 of them for their outstanding value for nature and wildlife. Two sites were named in Asia and another two in Africa. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided that the following nature sites were worthy of the […]

Are leeches a new tool for conservationists?

It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie but it looks like the common leech could become a major new tool for wildlife researchers and conservationists. A new study by Copenhagen Zoo and the University of Copenhagen used blood that leeches sucked up to determine the biodiversity of a Vietnam forest. The results of the […]

Tadpoles change shape in presence of herbicides

A team of ecologists from the University of Pittsburg have just published a paper in Ecological Applications that demonstrate that tadpoles will change shape when the herbicide Roundup is present in the water. It’s not some Frankenstein monster though but the chemical induces the same changes that predators induce – much longer tails. When predators of tadpoles are found […]

England’s Green Dozen

England is set to get 12 new wildlife sites following an announcement today by the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The new nature reserves is set to cover hundreds of thousands of hectares of both rural and urban areas and cost up to £7.5 million. The new wildlife projects announced today by […]

Restored wetlands are a shadow of their former self.

Wetlands have been involved in a losing battle ever since humans first started agriculture. Draining land for agriculture and development has gone on for hundreds of years but in recent times conservationists have been trying to turn things around with wetland restoration schemes. But it’s not just restoration of degraded wetlands that is now becoming common place. […]

Dammed rivers lose up to 25% of fish biodiversity

A newly published study has demonstrated that rivers upstream of dams and weirs could have as much as a quarter of it’s biodiversity lost. The biggest losers tend to be the fish that live in fast water currents and those are also the fish species which tend to be endangered. Fish diversity drops 25% and invertebrate diversity […]

Life flourishes in Chernobyls lakes

More research has been published which indicates that the wildlife of Chernobyl is thriving and recovering from the devastating nuclear accident. This study found that the aquatic life of the regions lakes are doing well. Life is not just doing well it’s flourishing.

British Waterways 2011 wildlife survey launched

This years wildlife survey of canals, rivers and reservoirs has been launched by British Waterways. Just as last years survey asked the public to keep a special eye out for kingfishers, this years target species are bats. It’s not just bats though, British Waterways wants details of all your wildlife sightings between now and September.

International court orders removal of troops from protected wetlands

There’s been a bit of conflict brewing in South America with a border conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It centres around the protected wetlands of Isla Calero and Nicaragua’s current dredging of the San Juan River. The International Courts of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague has ordered Nicaragua to remove it’s troops but refused […]