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Record carbon emissions leave climate on the brink
May 31, 2011 08:42 AM - Fiona Harvey, Ecologist
Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.
Egypt faces 'environmental crisis' following ousting of Mubarak
May 19, 2011 08:15 AM - Joseph Mayton, Ecologist
The political future of the Arab world's largest country could look brighter following the recent uprising in Tahrir Square and beyond. But the country faces an ecological catastrophe - much of it tourism related - reports Joseph Mayton from Cairo.
Hundreds of whales face slaughter as Norway's killing season resumes
April 4, 2011 09:19 AM - Joanna Toole, Ecologist
[April 1] is the official start of the whaling season in Norway. Norway is one of just three countries defying the 1986 international ban on commercial whaling. This moratorium on whaling was implemented by a qualifying majority of member states of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in attempt to put a stop to a hunting practice which was leading to the near extinction of several whale species.
Study of spiders shows species may be able to adapt to global warming
March 15, 2011 08:49 AM - William McLennan, Ecologist
Species may be able to adapt to gradual increases in temperature preventing the collapse of biological communities in the face of global climate change. The predatory behaviour of spiders is unaffected by increased temperatures, according to research by Yale University, suggesting some species can adapt to global warming.
WWF calls for more intensive beef production in Brazil
February 22, 2011 09:40 AM - Editor, Ecologist
More intensive beef production can limit deforestation in Brazil where the space used to rear cattle is ten times what you see in other countries, according to WWF Brazil CEO Denise Hamu.
Last refuge of rare fish threatened by Yangtze dam plans
January 19, 2011 08:45 AM - Jonathan Watts, Ecologist
Developers of hydroelectric plant have redrawn the boundaries of a crucial freshwater reserve for rare and economically important species. The last refuge for many of China's rarest and most economically important wild fish has mere days to secure public support before it is trimmed, dammed and ruinously diminished, conservationists warned today.
Contaminated eggs: industrial farming leading to dioxin-type food scares
January 14, 2011 08:49 AM - Joanna Blythman and Tom Levitt, Ecologist
The latest food scare - the contamination of British eggs with the cancer causing chemical dioxin - can be linked to our reliance on complex food chains and industrial production methods, report Joanna Blythman and Tom Levitt.
The Wandle Trust: restoring London's 'hidden gem' river
January 3, 2011 08:44 AM - Eifion Rees, Ecologist
Forty-five metal pipes and poles, 22 tyres, 15 shopping trolleys, 12 bicycles, nine carpets, five traffic cones, three suitcases, two mattresses, two vacuum cleaners, two safes, one car door, one washing machine... This is just a selection of the rubbish pulled from a 50-yard stretch of South London's Wandle river in November by 65 hardy volunteers, all organised by the river's self-appointed guardians, the Wandle Trust.
Climate change: we are like slave-owners
December 29, 2010 09:21 AM - Jean-Francois Mouhot, Ecologist
An economy run on slave labour has much in common with one run on fossil fuels, argues Jean-Francois Mouhot. Ending suffering means we all need to become modern-day abolitionists.
Air pollution linked to 200,000 premature deaths in UK
December 22, 2010 08:26 AM - Tom Levitt, Ecologist
Campaigners urge health secretary Andrew Lansley to act to reduce air pollution, as government medical experts warn of its 'significant' health burden. Long-term exposure to particulate pollution, largely from road traffic, is shortening the lives of as many as 200,000 every year, according to a government advisory committee.