Biodiversity (Page 2)
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Spring sightings, music for plants and flood-escaping spiders - the pick of this week's images from the natural world.
Plantwatch: Welcome warmth brings spring blossomGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Spring is coming in fits and starts, but has been spurred on over the past few days with some glorious warm weather. The bright yellow coltsfoot bloom that looks like a dandelion is underway, and is all the more striking as it flowers before its leaves appear, which may be how it got its other name...
Ireland's wildlife audit unveiledYahoo! News | 23 Mar 2011
Ireland's scenic mountains woodlands and waterways are home to more than 31000 different species of flora and fauna.
Pass notes, No 2,947: European meadow tickGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Keep a careful eye on your pet - these little parasites have jumped the Channel and could be living in a wood or field near you, loaded with nasty diseases. Age: Hard to tell. Unlike most Europeans, they don't carry documentation. Appearance: Anchored to the flesh of your beloved canine companion. Poor Fido. Still, dogs are always getting ticks.
Spring is here, say UK nature watchersGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
Spring has arrived - and much earlier than last year, according to sightings of nature recorded by the public. The Woodland Trust, which runs the Nature's Calendar project that allows the public to report signs of the seasons across the country, said this year was following the recent trend for...
What's the greenest way to feed the birds?Guardian Unlimited | 20 Mar 2011
From growing your own seeds to making your own fat balls, it's time to take bird feeding seriouslyConcern over both eating and serving the right thing is endemic in today's society. It extends to birds. A reader, Kathy, contacts me. "I do love having the little birds coming to feed in my garden, but where does all that seed come from? And what about all those peanuts?"
Bee deaths may signal wider pollination threat: U.N.Reuters | 10 Mar 2011
OSLO (Reuters) - Mass deaths of bee colonies in many parts of the world may be part of a wider, hidden threat to wild insect pollinators vital to human food supplies, a U.N. study indicated on Thursday.
Great British Marine AnimalsGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2011
Toxic sea slugs, battling limpets and aggressive gobies are among the sea life featured in the book Great British Marine Animals
Eco-farming can double food output by poor: U.N.Reuters | 08 Mar 2011
Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haulGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Throwing away thousands of tonnes of fish is unacceptable. At last the problem is getting a serious airing in Brussels. Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead, because of an EU fisheries policy that is no longer fit for purpose. We can all agree that the system is broken - throwing away thousands of tonnes of edible fish is unacceptable. But on Tuesday we heard a bold proposal from the European commission that would aim to eliminate discards.
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 25 Feb 2011
From mysterious pony deaths on Bodmin Moor to a grey whale in a calving lagoon, this week's pick of images from the natural world.
Mass rat cull for remote UK islandGuardian Unlimited | 24 Feb 2011
Eradication programme aims to save millions of seabirds from invasive rats on South Georgia. Testing for the biggest rat eradication programme in history is beginning on a remote UK island in the south Atlantic. Scientists are preparing to drop poison in a limited area of South Georgia in a bid to save the world's most southern songbird from extinction and restore tens of millions of seabirds to the island's breeding grounds.
Plantwatch: a divided nationGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Britain has been a divided nation this month - the north dogged by cold winds, the south largely mild and balmy. So it's small wonder that the early spring flowers are barely showing in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but in the southern half of the country spring is well under way – snowdrops, celandines, daffodils, crocuses and hazel catkins are coming into bloom and the leaf buds of elder trees starting to break open.
Target 'black carbon', recommends UNGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Cutting the amount of soot we pour into the atmosphere, and emissions of methane from agriculture, would be one of the most powerful ways to tackle climate change, a new report from the United Nations environment programme (Unep) has concluded. Preventing "black carbon" - particles of soot from industry and cooking fires – from polluting the air would help to cut global warming by as much as 0.5C, and reduce warming in the Arctic by about two thirds by 2030.
Birdwatch: WaxwingGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
It's not often you can combine seeing a rare and exotic bird with the weekly shop, especially in the unlikely surroundings of a supermarket in Weston-super-Mare. Then again, the waxwing is no ordinary bird. One sunny Saturday morning last month I was scanning the trees around the car park, along...
Climate change creates longer ragweed seasonReuters | 21 Feb 2011
A changing climate means allergy-causing ragweed pollen has a longer season that extends further north than it did just 16 years ago, U.S. scientists reported on Monday.
Eco-campaigners hang 'dead sharks' from iconic Liver BuildingGreenpeace UK | 21 Feb 2011
Bosses arriving for work this morning at the giant food company Princes were confronted with the consequences of the destructive, shark-killing fishing methods used to catch the tuna for their tins. 21 February, 2011 ...
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 18 Feb 2011
A cold cabybara has a warm shower, a black bear is disturbed from hibernation and a displaced orangutan explores a fresh clearing for a palm oil plantation.
Environment lobbyists hopeful of WTO fish dealReuters | 17 Feb 2011
Environmental activists are hopeful that negotiations at the World Trade Organization to curb fisheries subsidies, especially those on fuel, can produce a deal that will help end overfishing.