Tag Archive for 'Natural Environment Research Council'

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 […]

Sea level rising fast but just within natural range

December 13th, 2013 by University of Southampton

University of Southampton and the Australian National University researchers report that sea-level rise since the industrial revolution has been fast by natural standards and at current rates may reach 80 cm above the modern level by 2100 and 2.5 metres by 2200. The team used geological evidence of the past few million years to derive […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide led to Antarctic ice sheet formation

December 5th, 2011 by Purdue University

A drop in carbon dioxide appears to be the driving force that led to the Antarctic ice sheet‘s formation, according to a recent study led by scientists at Yale and Purdue universities of molecules from ancient algae found in deep-sea core samples. The key role of the greenhouse gas in one of the biggest climate […]

Global warming could cause Guernsey’s ormer, Haliotis tuberculata, to shrink

September 29th, 2011 by Queen Mary University of London

The way in which global warming causes many of the world’s organisms to shrink has been revealed by new research from Queen Mary, University of London. Almost all cold-blooded organisms are affected by a phenomenon known as the ‘temperature-size rule’, which describes how individuals of the same species reach a smaller adult size when reared […]

Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity substantially increased UK flood risk in 2000

February 16th, 2011 by University of Oxford

Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity substantially increased the odds of damaging floods occurring in England and Wales in Autumn 2000 according to new research published in the journal Nature this week. Although the precise magnitude is still uncertain, the researchers found a 2-in-3 chance that the odds were increased by about a factor […]