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- Litter now everywhere in the ocean
- NERC Planet Earth, 08/07/14 -- Litter is now found in even the most remote areas of the oceans, say scientists trying to understand how much rubbish is lying at the bottom of Europe's seas.
- How an urban meadow is boosting biodiversity
- NERC Planet Earth, 08/07/14 -- In Planet Earth's weekly Podcast, Helen Hoyle of the University of Sheffield and Jim Harris from Cranfield University describe what a strip of land in Luton, southeast England, is doing for urban biodiversity.
- Marine bacteria unfazed by rising ocean acidification
- NERC Planet Earth, 04/07/2014 -- Bacteria are more resistant to ocean acidification than previously thought, say scientists. Ocean acidification is one of many problems caused by carbon dioxide emissions. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide that is eventually absorbed by the oceans, making the water more acidic.
- First wild beavers to be seen in England for centuries to be captured
- The Guardian, 01/07/14 -- A group of beavers seen in the River Otter in Devon will be given a new home in a zoo or wildlife park, the government decides
- New report published on Argyll’s trial beavers
- SNH, 24/06/14 -- The latest report looking at the trial reintroduction of beavers at Knapdale in Argyll has been published by independent monitors of the trial, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). It documents the status of the 16 beavers released to date.
- Corals could be cured using probiotic like Yakult
- NERC Planet Earth, 18/06/2014 -- Some coral diseases could be cured by making sure they're surrounded by good bacteria, say scientists. Their research aimed to discover which microbes cause White Band Disease (WBD), which is killing corals in the Caribbean.
- Badger cull expansion abandoned after trial failure
- BBC, 03/04/2014 -- The government has abandoned its planned expansion of badger culling to reduce TB in cattle. The environment department's original plan was to announce up to 10 new cull areas in South West England each year. Defra's own independent assessment shows that culls in two pilot areas were not effective, and raised questions about their humaneness.
- Local communities aid conservation of Olive Ridley sea turtles
- IPS, 27/03/2014 -- Despite cheek-by-jowl proximity with over 6,000 people in three fishing villages, the Rushikulya river mouth rookery in eastern India’s Odisha state has become a steady favourite of the nesting Olive Ridley sea turtle.Community conservation efforts are being credited for the increasing mass nesting.
- Scientists to tackle burden of cattle disease on UK farms
- CEH, 03/03/2014 -- Researchers from the University of Liverpool are leading a new campaign to tackle a disease in cattle that costs the UK economy £300m each year. The £1 million project, which involves the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), will look at how to improve the detection and control of liver fluke, a disease that is transmitted by the dwarf pond snail and is found on over 75% of UK dairy farms. As part of the project, the team will create a system to categorise snail habitats that can be used alongside satellite imagery for individual farms.
- Atlantic Seabird Tragedy
- RSPB, 04/03/2014 -- Winter storms have killed at least 28,000 seabirds in the north east Atlantic. During February more than 1,000 dead seabirds were found around the coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset in south west England. Birds also washed up on beaches elsewhere around the UK and the Channel Islands. Massive seabird mortality has also been reported along the coast of south west France. Guillemots, razorbills and puffins have been the worst affected.