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Bumblebees exposed to pyrethroid pesticides are smaller and smaller bumblebees are less able foragers

January 20th, 2014 by Royal Holloway University of London

According to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London, exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bumblebees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size, according to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London. The research paper, “Impact of chronic exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide on bumblebees […]

Wasting water and energy second nature in most British households

July 4th, 2013 by Energy Saving Trust

Based on a study of 86,000 British households, the shower represents the biggest single use of water in the average British home. The study published in the report “At Home with Water” was commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, in partnership with DEFRA, Procter and Gamble, Thames Water, Consumer Council for Water and SaveWaterSaveMoney. […]

Neonicotinoid & mite pesticide used together adversely affects bee brain

March 30th, 2013 by University of Dundee

Two studies have highlighted a negative impact on bees’ ability to learn following exposure to a combination of pesticides commonly used in agriculture. Scientists found that the pesticides, used in the research at levels shown to occur in the wild, could interfere with the learning circuits in the bee’s brain. They also found that bees […]

Sir Bob Watson, DEFRA Chief Scientific Advisor, speaks about climate change to Channel 4 News

August 24th, 2012 by Channel 4 News

Tom Clarke, Channel 4 News Science Editor, interviews Sir Bob Watson, DEFRA Chief Scientific Adviser, about the peril of human induced climate change. Sir Bob Watson steps down from his role at DEFRA at the end of August 2012.  Professor Ian Boyd has been appointed to replace Sir Bob Watson as DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

Novel use of sonar to study wildlife interaction with wave & tidal energy devices

July 13th, 2012 by National Oceanography Centre

UK scientists will measure the effect on the marine environment and wildlife of devices that harness tide and wave energy using sonar technology that has, for the first time, been successfully deployed on the seabed. Renewable energy from tidal currents can be generated using turbines in the tidal flow, and wave energy can be captured […]

Globalisation increasing number of new species arriving in British Isles

July 11th, 2012 by Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

A report, ‘Non-Native Species in Great Britain: establishment, detection and reporting to inform effective decision making’, has found that there has been a dramatic increase over time in the number of non-native species arriving in Britain. In the six decades from 1950 over 600 non-native species have arrived in Britain. Invasive non-native species are considered […]

Circular Economy Task Force to tackle rising raw material costs

July 5th, 2012 by Green Alliance

In the wake of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, a UK task force has been launched to help tackle the global resource challenge. The Circular Economy Task Force will find practical solutions to mitigate the rising cost of raw materials through reuse and recovery. The Task Force involves a diverse mix of large businesses including Alliance […]

Many major UK businesses not prepared for climate change

March 29th, 2012 by DEFRA

Less than half of major UK companies have plans in place to protect them from climate change even though over 80% of businesses say climate change is a substantial risk to them, new research commissioned by Defra has found. Environment Minister Lord Taylor has today called on investors and shareholders to keep the pressure on […]

GDP+ to measure value of natural resources and social wellbeing

March 12th, 2012 by DEFRA

UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has pledged that the UK will be a driving force in pressing for new goals to help the world embrace a greener and more sustainable economy at this summer’s major Rio+20 UN conference. Mrs Spelman said the UK will work with Colombia and others to develop and drive forward the […]

Can you really give a monetary value to nature?

June 14th, 2011 by George Monbiot

The well-intentioned dolts putting a price on nature are delivering it into the hands of business. Love, economists have discovered, is depreciating rapidly. On current trends, it is expected to fall by £1.78 per passion-hour between now and 2030. The opportunity cost of a kiss foregone has declined by £0.36 since 1988. By 2050 the […]