WILDLIFE UPDATE : Budget cuts may trigger ‘perfect storm’ of threats to UK nature

  Britain’s countryside and wildlife face a looming “perfect storm” of threats to environmental protection, conservationists warned. The Independent reports   The threats are headed by the possibility of massive cuts to EU funding for farmland wildlife schemes, which provides hundreds of millions of pounds annually to help British farmers look after the often-declining speciesContinue reading “WILDLIFE UPDATE : Budget cuts may trigger ‘perfect storm’ of threats to UK nature”

ENERGY: Wasted heat from large cities – affecting distant places!

The Independent reports : The waste heat generated by large cities can affect temperatures in areas hundreds of miles away by changing wind patterns in the upper atmosphere, a study has found. Scientists have estimated that the heat released into the atmosphere from buildings, cars and factories could play a significant role in the warmingContinue reading “ENERGY: Wasted heat from large cities – affecting distant places!”

Feeding a hungry world – or meddling with laws of nature?

As scientists at Rothamsted’s GM trials plead with activists not to sabotage their work, Michael McCarthy of The Independent visits the battle field Three senior scientists made impassioned appeals yesterday to anti-GM campaigners not to destroy a field trial of GM wheat which is the culmination of several years’ work. The trial involves a wheatContinue reading “Feeding a hungry world – or meddling with laws of nature?”

How to protect our green and pleasant land?

An environmental alert from The Independent . Comments here or at Learn From Nature  For more than 60 years, the English countryside has been preserved from unthinking development by a demanding set of planning laws which evolved from the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. Too much so, this Government believes. It is taking the 1,300Continue reading “How to protect our green and pleasant land?”

Circus ban update : Former adviser attacks Government ‘failure’

The battle between the Government and ‘the other side’ – now a former advisor joins the fray – heats up! The Government’s failure to ban wild animals in circuses has been criticised by a former expert adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Raymond Ings, a specialist in elephant welfare whoContinue reading “Circus ban update : Former adviser attacks Government ‘failure’”