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UK cities lead Europe on climate preparations

UK cities are substantially more advanced in their planning and preparation for climate change than other European cities according to a newly published study. The study shows that 80% of UK cities have an adaption plan compare with 50% of Finnish cities and 93% of UK cities had mitigation plans as opposed to 43% of…

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China’s CO2 emissions match that of Europe

Latest figures from the University of East Anglia show that China’s CO2 emissions per head of population is no greater than that of Europe at 7 tonnes per person and is under half of the United States emissions at 16 tonnes per person. The figures show that despite China now being the country that emits…

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Bird numbers crash at Lough Neagh due to greener agriculture

Britain and Ireland’s largest freshwater lake, Lough Neagh has seen over-wintering bird numbers crash by more that 75% over the last 10 years. Ironically one of the main reasons for the crash is farm conservation measures to protect water quality. The result is that the productivity of Lough Neagh has dropped to more normal and historic levels resulting in less…

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Most mammals will benefit in a warming Arctic

As the climate around the world changes a new study in PlosOne has demonstrated that most mammal species in the Arctic and subArctic regions will benefit as the environment changes – if they get passage to the new habitats. Only the highly specialised cold region mammal species are likely to be threatened – but the…

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Big trees rule the forests

A new study has shown that in the forest all trees are not equal when it comes to contributing to ecosystem services such as carbon capture. The study of trees in the Yosemite National Park demonstrated that the largest trees made up a substantial proportion of the biomass in the study area.  The study indicated that…

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Life as a male when 19 in 20 turtles are female

Temperatures play an important part in turtle reproduction. When temperatures are high the eggs will produce more females than males. With rising global temperatures this could pose some problems for turtles. Too many females and not enough males could lead to inbreeding as the genetic diversity reduces. New research led by the University of Exeter though seems to show that nature…